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Sunday, 9 August 2015

You can fool some of the software some of the time..



As an experiment, I’ve been playing with the online demo pages of a couple of face recognition software sites, www.rekognition.com  and www.faceplusplus.com. They claim to be able not just to recognize a face in a picture, but to estimate age and gender as well as things like expressions. With a bunch of pictures uploaded to Tumblr, how can you resist?

Since I’m not the world’s best makeup artist, I’ve run a lot of my pictures through various digital makeover programs, like Portrait Professional (a seriously high end, but surprisingly cheap bit of software intended for professional portrait photographers) and some more fun makeover ones like ArcSoft’s Portrait + and Pefecta 365, for a bit (OK, quite a lot) of judicious skin smoothing, eye-brightening and teeth whitening. 

To make it fairer, I cropped and resized each file to around 400 pixels before uploading both  before and after running it through a digital makeover to see if it made any difference to the results.

 set 1:beforedigital makeover
            A              B                 C                      D                      E                      F                    G

set 2:after digital makeover/smoothing with Portait+, Perfecta 365, or Portrait Pro


Face recognition software results (gender M male, F female, age)
Image
Face++  
(before makeover)
Face++  
(after makeover)
Rekogniton
(before makeover)
Rekogniton
(after makeover)
A
M,52
F,56
F,44
F,32
B
F, 29
F, 28
F,39
F, 36
C
F,43
F, 46
F,37
F,36
D
F,38
F, 36
F,44
F,39
E
F,44
F,42
F,35
F,35
F
F,38
F,33
F,36
F,35
G
M,36
M,30
F, 34
F, 31


The results are interesting, if salutory in a couple of instance.  
Pleasingly most of the images fooled both programs, although Face++ has the edge on 'reading' me on a couple of occasions. They also suggest that I look better/more convincing as a redhead or brunette than a blonde. (This might be quite a good styling tool if you are searching for a look that best suits you.) And I seem to pass better when I look happy.

Both programs peg me as a lot younger than I really am, sometime by twenty years or more. This is an effect noticed by PennyWife in her blog   Unfair perhaps, but then most women look a lot younger than their actual age.
Except in a couple of cases, skin smoothing  and wrinkle/blemish removal with digital makeover programs doesn't seem to make a huge difference to the results (apart from picture A) although it does seem to shave a few more years. I suspect the before and after makeover images here are probably too small to see the visible effect. 






4 comments:

  1. The redhead is definitely the best.
    You are also right that 'dressed' we look younger. If only this were an argument that carried any weight with our other halves!
    8-)
    Penny

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  2. Thank you. I suspect the redhead is the 'real' Susie, although I also like her as a brunette (D and E). Unfortunately I don't have an un-retouched photo of the last but one in set 2, but It's among my favorites.

    Extreme colors - either black or blonde - don't seem to suit me and make me look to much like a man in a wig. And Face++ seems to agree as these are where it 'read' me.
    Or maybe it's also the length. I read somewhere that CDs should opt for mid shades and close to shoulder length as more forgiving for a male face shape. I'm tempted to experiment again with Photoshop and some jpegs of different wigs.

    As for looking younger, this is something PennyWife (a t-girls partner) noted in her blog post. (http://livingwiththeotherwoman.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/how-to-look-7-to-10-years-younger.html).
    As an argument, I suspect this would just aggravate the problem. I am really jealous of girls with accepting partners or have friends they can go out with.

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  3. Hi me again, I wrote you a note about the software to another post, silly me should have looked here first. Susie, forget the enhancing software programs you don't need them, you look dam (excuse my French) good as you are! With the close ups you have posted, you don't look like a man in a wig and makeup, you look like a woman in a wig and makeup! really great! You mentioned your blind as a bat, then where are your glasses? Get yourself a prescription and go for a woman's pair or at least a unisex pair if that's possible, not sure on that front. I think glasses are sexy, just my opinion also Im told one should use less eye makeup when wearing them. I had a girl friend once who was also as you put it blind as a bat, I use to watch her do her eyes while she was wearing her glasses, it was the only way for her to see what she was doing. There's not that much space behind eye and lens and every now and then she had to stop and clean the mascara off the inside of the lenses otherwise she could not see anything!
    Not any easy task, how do you do it?
    Oh yes I agree with Penny (and you) your a natural redhead. Again Im biased (see my Pinterest board)
    Abigale xx

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    1. Why thank you, she says, blushing. I have been somewhat selective with the photos and camera angles. Mainly it's the jaw and chin that gives it away. I must learn about contouring. Oh yes, applying eye-makeup while practically blind. I just get very, very close to the bathroom mirror. It's easier to clean.
      Abi, I must drop a couple of comments and catch up on your triffic blog.

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