How to Categorize Your Photos Using Free Face Recognition Software

What do you do when you have to find a person from a haystack of ? Fortunately, thanks to technology and of course, Google, you can avail of a free face recognition to ally identify names from a bunch of photographs. The software, called Picasa, uses advanced face recognition techniques to automatically identify a particular face across different photographs,

Over the years, I have acquired a huge number of photographs on my computer. Some of them belong to my teenage days, some photos were taken during my years at college, while many belong to the countless birthdays and occasions of friends and family members.

So, when my mother recently asked me to dig out the photograph of an uncle who had come for a family function, I did not know where to look. This was because I have never categorized or labeled my photographs, and even the ones that I have categorized or labeled do not contain full information. For example, can you add five names to the file name of a photograph and name the file as tom-henry-mike-natasha-mark.jpg? Technically, it is possible, but how many of you would really name a file like that?

Would it not be nice, if we had a face recognition software that allowed us to identify names from a bunch of photographs? Well, we have our old friend, Google again to help us in our endeavor. The king of search owns a cool software called Picasa, which uses advanced face recognition technology to scan your library of photographs for faces, and then groups these photographs as different sets of people.

So, once you tag a photograph for a person, Picasa automatically identifies the person across different photographs. It is then your job to confirm the names against the photographs that it guesses. When you have a massive set of photographs located across your hard disk drive or on the web, Picasa can present a huge list of photographs with the same face, and you can confirm and label them all with a single click. So, if I wanted to look at all the photographs where my maternal uncle was present, I can browse an album of my friend, Tom, with just a single click.

Remember that like any other technology, Picasa's face recognition technology is impressive, but it is not perfect. My experience with the software has led me to believe that the face recognition feature is perfect when the person is facing the camera. That said, it did help me in finding out related photographs of my maternal uncle (except two photographs where there was a shadow).

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Author: Kiran10 Jun 2011 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

Hi Shrikantj.
You have given very helpful information about photo editing. This is really a nice article. Keep writing such informative articles.
With best regards,

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