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It would be extraordinarily helpful if stock photography sites
included a check box for "Not facing the camera".
I work as a page setter for a magazine and picture editor for
our website. A photo of someone smiling at the camera might
be useful to sell a product, but in an impartial news wire,
looks unprofessional and corny.
Nevertheless, when searching for any image, the majority of
models are staring down the lens, gurning or smiling or
looking broody, moody or confused. It would save me hours
over the course of a week to have them weeded out.
||The sort of idea for which the halfbakery was created.
||There's algorithms out there that ought to be able to do this
- setting Eye Count = 1 might do the trick. Other metrics
might include Smile Existence = T/F or (for stock
photography particularly) Pointing Finger = No.
||Why not just use Photoshop to rotate the image 90
degrees so the person is looking sidewards?
||That sounds like the punchline to a very nerdy joke.