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Ok, I just saw that video. Closed eyes detection looks good. Overexposure and underexposure can be heavily corrected with raw converters these days, it is good for jpg. Cropped faces can be on purpose. But, good idea.

For a second i thought it was a new Adobe app! You are approaching the wrong audience here. By images in demo i guess you already know it will be extremely useful for event wedding or booths. Good luck! Always a pleasure to see people creating something new :)


--- Quote from: marthamarks on June 21, 2020, 17:28 ---After decades of doing this, I trust my own eyes and my experience to tell me which images should be culled and which should not. So I'm afraid that I'm not a likely prospect for your new software.

However, I wish you well in your endeavor.

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Hey Martha, thanks for the feedback! I agree that it might not be a tool that will give you your best shots but it can be used as a helping hand in getting rid of the bad shots.
With advancements in mirrorless cameras, the number of images captured for a shot is going to increase exponentially and that's where we aim to aid photographers with the help of recent advancements in Computer Vision and Machine Learning.

Thanks and happy to hear your thoughts on this!


--- Quote from: Jo Ann Snover on June 21, 2020, 17:40 ---Honest opinion. I wouldn't use it and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, even a beginner.

One of the things you have to be able to develop is the ability to "see" the problems with your own images and know what to do (either in editing or by shooting differently next time).

If you don't develop that ability - and there's no way to do it but lots and lots of shooting, reviewing, editing (repeat) - I don't see how you can ever learn or improve.

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Hey Jo, thanks for sharing your thoughts!
I agree that people shouldn't rely on software like these for helping them become a better photographer and our aim is not to do that either.
Instead, we just aim to be a helping hand for the photographers by getting rid of the redundant things and let them focus on the creative aspects of photography.

--- Quote ---I'd also question how you could possibly have any definition of "bad". Whether it's lighting, focus or composition, how do you separate artistic choices from a blunder?
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I agree that good and bad is a subjective topic and everyone has a different opinion on what's good vs what's bad for them.
When talking about bad, AfterShoot has some filters which we developed after months of interviews and feedback from photographers on what things they look for while flagging an image as a bad image.

These filters are:
1. Focus blur on the faces
2. Motion blur in the image
3. Grainy or Noisy image
4. Closed Eyes in the image (not intentional closed eyes in which the person is looking down or laughing)
5. Duplicate images
6. Badly exposed images

We also aim to learn by every photographer's culling style to effectively tweak the software for every photographer and provide additional features like Selecting the best image from duplicates, selecting the top 50 aesthetically pleasing shots from an event or a wedding, etc.

Apart from this, we are also working on some additional features like:
1. Detecting common objects in the image (this will depend on the type of photography). For example, in the case of wedding images, we can automatically detect the kiss, the bride, the cake, the ring, etc from the image and color code and mark those images separately.
2. Detecting type of shots. Again, we can automatically detect creative shots like silhouettes, macro shots, etc. and mark them separately.

These are some of the ideas that we have at the moment, but we plan on adding more things and refining the existing features according to the feedback that we receive!

Let me know what you think of this!


--- Quote from: pics2 on June 22, 2020, 03:23 ---The only thing that is useful is to select pictures that are not sharp. Even that is not useful. If a picture is really good, being slightly blurred won't stop me from using it. And sometimes it is even intentional. There is a Focus Mask feature in capture One, I guess there is something similar in Lightroom, too, which highlights sharp areas, so maybe a script that selects picture without the highlight could be useful. But what if focus is off, meaning it is on the picture but not at the right place, it wouldn"t be selected and it is still not useful. I don't know, I would like to see that program in action, I'm really curious.

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Yep, that makes sense. We're trying to add the focus-mask option in the app so that people can take a look at the images processed by AfterShoot and decide if the focus was in the right place or not (and if AfterShoot made the right choice by keeping/rejecting that image).

--- Quote from: pics2 on June 22, 2020, 04:18 ---Ok, I just saw that video. Closed eyes detection looks good. Overexposure and underexposure can be heavily corrected with raw converters these days, it is good for jpg. Cropped faces can be on purpose. But, good idea.

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I'm glad that you like the idea. If you're interested, I'll be happy to share the initial beta with you. You can either send me a personal message with your email address or sign up on the website.


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