What makes a photo memorable?

MIT explains…

Very memorable images
It seems that the weirder — or more surprising — the better. If you test humans to see what photos we remember, and then feed those results into a neural network, you can train a computer to find the most memorable photos.
The least memorable photos have few defining characteristics such as photos of fields, lakes and buildings like many you have seen before.

A few things that can make a photo memorable

  • Unusual angle
  • Odd facial expression

    Less memorable images
  • Anything surprising
  • Something that breaks the rules
  • An image that tells a story
  • Something threatening

Try uploading your own photos to get a memorability score.

Author: dotphoto

Glenn Paul is President and Co-Founder of dotPhoto, which began life in 2000 as a photo printing service and now also distributes user-generated media in Flash, video and on cell phones.

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