iLovePhotos Does the Hard Work

Most photographers have plenty of photos that they need to keep organized — and they upload more all the time. But what if you had a photo program that could use facial recognition and visual tagging to cut down on the work you have to do? That’s exactly what iLovePhotos does, even to the point of allowing you to set up automatic emails for tags.

Unfortunately, iLovePhotos is still in a private beta. You can request an invite on their site, though, and it seems likely that they’ll be sending out a batch of invites soon. The software was officially launched today at DEMOfall 08.

Leaf Launches Medium Format Line

Leaf, known for its medium format digital cameras, has developed an entirely new line based on photographers’ features wish lists. The Belgian camera maker has incorporated several features into the new line: 56 megapixel resolution, ‘True Wide Frame’ sensors, the Leaf Verto internal sensor for changing orientation and the Leaf SensorFlex technology that allows photographers to pre-select capture speed and image size.

The new line is made up of six new products: the Leaf AFi-II 6, 7 and 10 digital camera systems and the Leaf Aptus-II 6, 7 and 10 digital camera backs. Leaf plans to debut its new product line at Photokina.

Brickfish Sponsors Photo Shoot Out

Brickfish, the site known for the photography contests it offers in conjunction with other companies, is holding its second Photo Shoot Out. The winner will receive a $1,000 grand prize. The photo that gets the most votes will win the “Most Viral” prize, and pick up a $500 prize. The details for entering are available on the Brickfish site.

According to Brickfish’s standard terms of use, any photograph you submit to one of the site’s contest remains yours, although by uploading you agree to leave your photograph up throughout the contest, as well as after the contest ends. You also agree to let certain third parties use your photos — such as the companies that Brickfish routinely partners with. There are more specific rules in place for the Photo Shoot Out and other contests.

Joby Expands Gorillapod Offerings

Joby Gorillapod Original Flexible Camera TripodI’ve been a big fan of Joby’s Gorillapods for awhile now. They’ve recently come out with a new version, the Gorillapod Go-Go. The Go-Go is actually a little smaller and lighter than the original Gorillapod or the SLR Gorillapod. But it also comes with a couple of mounts not yet available with the older versions. Beyond the standard camera tripod mount, the Go-Go has a suction cup for temporarily holding other gear and a stickypad for a more permanent attachment.

The rumor is that they’ll be releasing the attachments as a separate product, for those of us who already own either the original version or the SLR.

Live Blogs From Photoshop World

There’s a whole list of bloggers posting updates from Photoshop World, providing pretty thorough coverage for those of us who aren’t there. John Paul Caponigro got the idea yesterday and managed to put it together in a hurry. He invited the ‘movers and shakers’ at Photoshop World to post the highlights of their day during each day of the convention, and so far, it’s going well.

So far, the list of participating bloggers includes the following:

They keep trickling in, though, so it’s worth checking back to see who else has added their thoughts about the various talks going on.

Get Your Photos on the Cover of Lonely Planet

The Lonely Planet travel guides have become the travel guide for the young and the hip. Now, Lonely Planet has teamed up with photo-sharing site Pikeo to find new cover images.

If you have a great photo of Paris, London, Barcelona or Istanbul sitting around, consider uploading it to Pikeo. The directions on how to do so are on the contest page. The winner won’t just get his or her image on the cover of a Lonely Planet book, though. The winner will also get a trip from Intrepid Travel — the choices are India, the Serengeti Trail, Morocco or Russia. I know I wouldn’t mind a chance to take photos on the Serengeti Trail.