PickEasy next generation digital photo services


Handling digital photos is very different from analogues. CeWe Color found out that after having taken, saved on the computer and quickly examined their photos, many people find themselves overcharged with decisions like “which ones to take for prints” or “which one use for a poster for the grandparents”. Taking into account that the amount of digital photos triples the amount of analogue photos taken, one can easily imagine how long it takes to sort out the photos of a two weeks holiday. In the past all photos where printed before it was decided to “some day” put them into an album. With digital photography the selection process is usually done before printing so that about 80 % of all photos never get printed and reside in “digital shoe boxes”. A great business potential lies in convincing the user to open this shoe boxes by providing him with advanced digital photo services. A prominent example is the CeWe digital photo book which can be authored on a computer and be printed at CeWe Color in premium quality. Photos can only be a way to capture ones memories when they are looked at. What is needed are services that immediately bring people to the point of using them without great efforts.


One way to achieve this is assist the user in selecting photos. Imagine having beeb on a holiday trip and having taken about 700 digital photos. When

preparing a nice photo book as a means to preserve the memory to this event one rarely wants to have all of these photos in the photo book but selects the photos that best represent the overall holiday trip. Manually selecting selecting these photos often is a very time-consuming and tediuos task. Automating this task for their customers would be a way for CeWe Color to convince them to use their services and not the ones from competitors. In PickEasy methods are developed fulfil this goal. For this image analysis as well as context analysis techniques are employed to decide if a photo is good or bad. Doing this is not an easy task and often cannot be decided on analysing single photos. One can for example decide if a photo is unsharp by employing edge detection on the photo or if it is under- or overexposed. But if this photo was the only one to represent a certain event one would probaly select it despite of its poor quality.


Taking this background into account a prototype system is developed that semi-automatically selects the "best" photos out of a large set of photos. Therefore a component-based architecture is being developed that combines several content- and context-analysis techniques and iteratively enhances photos with metadata. On the basis of this metadata intelligent methods are being developed to retrieve photos from an input photo set. This selection can be used for prints but also can act as input for the semi-automatic generation of digital photo books. Currently the results of this research activities are directly employed in the CeWe photo book application.

Employing a Photo's Life Cycle for Multimedia Retrieval

Fageth, Reiner; Proceeding of the 2nd ACM workshop on Multimedia semantics; 12 / 2008

Employing Aesthetic Principles for Automatic Photo Book Layout

Sandhaus, Philipp and Rabbath, Mohamad and Erbis, Ilja and Boll, Susanne; Proc. of International Conference on Multimedia Modelling; 001 / 2011

Semantic Photo Books - Leveraging Blogs and Social Media for Photo Book Creation

Rabbath, Mohamad and Sandhaus, Philipp and Boll, SUsanne; 001 / 2011

Blog2Book: transforming blogs into photo books employing aesthetic principles

Sandhaus, Philipp and Rabbath, Mohamad and Boll, Susanne; Proceedings of International Conference on Multimedia 2010 (MM '10); 10 / 2010

Semantic analysis and retrieval in personal and social photo collections

Sandhaus, Philipp and Boll, Susanne; Multimedia Tools and Applications; 12 / 2010

Social Aspects of Photobooks: Improving Photobook Authoring from Large-scale Multimedia Analysis

Sandhaus, Philipp and Boll, Susanne; Social Media Modeling and Computing; 001 / 2011

Automatic creation of photo books from stories in social media

Rabbath, Mohamad and Sandhaus, Philipp and Boll, Susanne; Proceedings of Second ACM SIGMM workshop on Social media; 10 / 2010

From usage to annotation - analysis of personal photo albums for semantic photo understanding

Sandhaus, Philipp and Boll, Susanne; Proceedings of First ACM SIGMM workshop on Social media; 10 / 2009

The Picture to Print Value Chain

Fageth, Reiner and Sandhaus, Philipp; Proc. of International Symposium on Technologies for Digital Photo Fulfillment 2009 (TDPF '09); 002 / 2009

Interaction and user experiences with multimedia technologies: challenges and future topics

A. Scherp, F. Nack, K. Nahrstedt, M. Inoue, A. Girgensohn, A. Henrich, P. Sandhaus, T. Sabine, and M. Zhou; Proc. of 3rd ACM international workshop on Human-centered computing; 001 / 2008

Employing a photo’s life cycle for multimedia retrieval

Sandhaus, Philipp and Boll, Susanne; Proceeding of the 2nd ACM workshop on Multimedia semantics; 001 / 2008

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Start: 30.09.2010
End: 29.11.2012

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