[Digikam-users] Face detection / recognition for digikam

Christian Weiske cweiske at cweiske.de
Sat Jun 2 10:33:58 BST 2007


Reaching my personal 10.000 photos barrier in the next weeks, I face a problem:
Tagging photos by hand is not doable anymore since it takes too much time. While setting tags for a whole album (france, wedding, 2007) is easy and fast to do, tagging each of the 200+ photos in an album with the people on it is impossible.

When searching for photos, you often try to find a person - how it looked at a time, or generally need all photos of a certain person. Tags help here, but not all photos are tagged through the reason above. What I would like to see is a plugin that automatically detects faces and allows one to drag a tag from the tag tree on, or just add a tag to the detected face.

There are some face detection and recognition libraries out there that could be used, one well-known is the Intel's OpenCV lib [1]. libFace [2] is another one that specializes in face rec/det and uses intel's lib internally.

Gnome's F-Spot will get this feature trough the summer of code project [3, 4]. If it gets that, it'll be my personal killer feature to use fspot.

It would be very cool if digkam would get such a feature. And by the way, thanks for making digikam. My girlfriend and I use it since years, and it's been unvaluable for managing our photo collection.

1 http://sourceforge.net/projects/opencvlibrary
2 http://libface.sourceforge.net/
3 http://idea.zanestate.edu/archives/2007/04/face-recognition-coming-to-f-spot/
4 http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=324391

Christian Weiske

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