5 Must-See Historical Events Caught on Video

historic videos caught on videoWhile nearly everything today is caught on video—whether by one of the many surveillance cameras around the world or from the phone of a passerby—this didn’t use to be the case.


Fifty, twenty, ten, and even five years ago, catching historical moments on camera was a rarity—and something to be treasured. Luckily for us, there were a few major historical events caught on video that continue to provide us and future generations with a look into the past.


Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech


One of the most iconic, rousing, and moving speeches of all time was thankfully captured on camera. Because this video has been preserved, we can continue to spread the words of Dr. King’s speech to stem the tides of hate and promote a future of peace and equality.


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KODAK MOMENTS: A Beautiful New Storytelling App

The iconic Kodak is at it again, with new innovations to celebrate the world of picture taking in today’s all-digital world.  We love this new app from Kodak Alaris to experience visual storytelling.  It transforms photos into beautiful Moments worth sharing. While the app is free, the plan is to monetize it by offering Kodak-branded photographic print and gifting items.


The new KODAK MOMENTS App offers an array of narrative tools meant to awaken the storyteller within everyone.  Pictures can be enhanced with beautifully designed text, block quotes and more.  You follow along to see how people tell their stories and share their Moments. Users get notifications whenever friends start to follow their KODAK MOMENTS or have liked one of their KODAK MOMENTS.
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The experience is also completely ad-free, ensuring one’s KODAK MOMENTS App news feed is a place for the most memorable Moments. Follow the conversation on Twitter




Sarah Perez at TechCrunch wrote: Kodak tries its hand at social with new “Kodak Moments” storytelling app


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The Future of Photography: Developing New Trends to Taking and Storing Pictures

future of photographyIt’s estimated that the first partially successful photograph was made in 1816 by Nicéphore Niépce. Nearly 200 years later, it’s safe to say that photography has come a long, long way.


Here at ScanMyPhotos we’re dedicated to making sure the photos of our past are persevered, but we do this by always looking toward the future.


Turning analog images to digital is helping us shape the future of photography—yet, the field will continue to evolve. In fact, there are two major upcoming trends in photography that may once again change how we take and treasure photos. Take a look.


Living photos


When the first Harry Potter movies were released back in the early 2000’s, audiences were enchanted by the magical living photo of Harry’s parents. The idea of living photography—where it appeared the subjects within the photo were moving—was, at the time, revolutionary. Now, however, this technology is becoming mainstream.


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Photo-Sharing Image Recognition Tools Advocacy Campaign #SupportBFR

ScanMyPhotos.com launches advocacy campaign supporting image recognition biometric tools championed by popular photo-sharing services. #SupportBFR


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ScanMyPhotos.com digitized one-quarter billion pictures

While the practice of photobombing has become a social and cultural phenomenon lately, the practice itself isn’t anything new.


Since the advent of the camera, people have either intentionally tried to appear in someone else’s photo or have accidentally stumbled into the frame. Now, with biometric facial recognition (BFR) algorithms, companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Shutterfly, may soon be able to identify these photobombing faces across the web—and the potential is dredging up privacy concerns.


“When you consider the 3.5 trillion analog photos and billions of more recent digital pictures in existence, our images—in some form or another—may be entrapped in a stranger’s photo album without consent. If a person walks through the background of a tourist’s snapshot, facial recognition software may recognize the face and tag the person’s name to that picture. That photo can then be shared across the internet—with the person’s name attached, and without their permission to share it,” said Mitch Goldstone, president & CEO, ScanMyPhotos.com.


While the privacy implications are concerning, there are also many positives to this technology. The ability to detect a person’s image in the background of a photo could help historians make a number of connections. If, for example, an individual is researching his personal family ancestry, facial recognition could help him find photos of his great, great grandmother smiling in a (seemingly) complete stranger’s photo.
It’s for reasons like this, and many others, that ScanMyPhotos.com supports the benefits and legitimacy of biometric image-recognition tools.


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How to Take Phenomenal Product Photos

product photosWith the popularity of image-heavy social sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and SnapChat, taking product photos has become a big deal in recent years.


Businesses today will go out of their way to take incredible product shots hoping the photo will go viral once shared around the interwebs.


The product photography popularity extends beyond businesses, too. Knowing how to take amazing photos of items can be very beneficial—especially if you’re eager to share an image with friends and family. If you get a touching gift from your great aunt Helen, you don’t want to post a blurry, hard-to-see photo on Facebook—you want to take an epic shot that highlights how much you appreciate the gift!


No matter why you’re trying to take the perfect shot, here are a few things to consider when taking product photos:


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