Automated Reverse Image Search Part 2: Vimeo

In a previous blog post I covered how to utilize the YouTube API to find the preview images for videos and then reverse search them using the TinEye API. In this blog post we will cover how to use the same techniques for Vimeo to retrieve the location of the preview image, and then we […]

Automatically Finding Weapons in Social Media Images Part 1

As part of my previous post on gangs in Detroit, one thing had struck me: there are an awful lot of guns being waved around on social media. Shocker, I know. More importantly I began to wonder if there wasn’t a way to automatically identify when a social media post has guns or other weapons […]

Automating Photo Retrieval for Geolocating – Part 2: Wikimapia

Welcome back! To continue our photo retrieval magic, we are going to now incorporate Wikimapia photos. If you remember our first posts on Panoramio, the goal is to automate as much photo retrieval as we can in order to speed up the process of geolocating photographs. Much like Panoramio, Wikimapia allows people to upload photographs […]

Automating Photo Retrieval for Geolocating – Part 1 Continued: Panoramio

  Ok we’re back. After a bit of feedback from readers on the first post and some investigation on my end, we have discovered the following: Panoramio API does not report the correct number of results as an API result. So your script might say that it found 200 images but only retrieve 150 for […]

Manual Reverse Image Search With Google and TinEye

Stemming from the recent riots in Baltimore, Eoghan mac Suibhne (Twitter) wrote an interesting piece on image verification. Read it first before carrying on: Baltimore ‘looting’ tweets show importance of quick and easy image checks The moral of this story was that you can use reverse search on your browser to double check images before you […]

Automating Photo Retrieval for Geolocating – Part 1: Panoramio

When geolocating a photograph part of the effort involves looking at photos from various websites (Flickr, Panoramio, Wikimapia) that may lie within the area of interest. We are going to use a previous Bellingcat post (Geolocating Tunisian Jihadists in Raqqah) as a starting point for beginning to automate photo retrieval. Over the course of a […]