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Method for digital photo management and distribution

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Title: Method for digital photo management and distribution.
Abstract: Digital images are captured on a digital camera, automatically formatted, and uploaded to a server for review and collaborative modifications. An on-line web gallery is automatically generated by the server whereby low resolution versions of the images are transferred to the server and appear in the gallery within seconds from capturing the images. Among other things, a viewer located remotely from a photographer can observe new images in the gallery in real time as they are captured, place a request for post-production modifications to selected images and download a high resolution version of selected images. ...


USPTO Applicaton #: #20090309981 - Class: 3482071 (USPTO) - 12/17/09 - Class 348 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20090309981, Method for digital photo management and distribution.

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CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This claims priority to and is a divisional application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/382,926, filed May 11, 2006, which in turn claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/731,527, filed Oct. 31, 2005, both of which such applications are incorporated herein by reference.

1. FIELD OF INVENTION

This relates to the distribution and management of digital images generated by a digital camera.

2. BACKGROUND

In some contexts, time is of the essence for photographers, especially professional photographers engaged in photo shoots involving sporting events, unfolding important news stories, fashion shows, and celebrity events. Customers or employers of photographers who provide photos or images of this subject matter can be very demanding. They often operate in a commercially competitive environment where the first to provide such images to the general public can often achieve significant financial benefits. However there can be significant delays in providing professional images so that they can be made available to the general public. Many photographers use digital cameras to capture images at a photo shoot. At a later point in time, these images usually must be transferred from the camera to a computer located at a studio where the images can be formatted in order to modify their color, size, resolution, etc. and to add metadata. Then the photographers or their studios frequently must transfer these modified images to their customers or employers, etc. via email or other means so that they can make a selection of one or more desired images for use or purchase, and can collaborate with the photographer regarding further modifications to be made to the images (i.e., post production work). To request or discuss additional image modifications, phone calls, additional emails, etc. frequently were required.

Accordingly, there is a need to improve and facilitate the distribution and management of digital images so that high quality images can be made available to the end user more efficiently and in less time.

SUMMARY

OF THE ILLUSTRATED EMBODIMENTS

Embodiments of the invention include a method of obtaining images captured on a digital camera, automatically formatting these images, and uploading them to a server for review and collaborative modifications. An on-line web gallery is automatically generated by the server whereby low resolution versions of the images captured by the camera are automatically transferred to the server and appear in the gallery within seconds from capturing the images. Among other things, the viewer therefore can observe new images as they appear in the gallery, place a request for modifications to selected images and download the high resolution version of selected images.

In one embodiment, a computer data signal is for use with a digital camera adapted to capture a plurality of digital images having a first resolution. The signal is further for use with a server in communication via a network with a first computer having a first display screen. The computer data signal is embedded in a carrier wave representing at least one program for controlling a plurality of processors to execute the following:

The plurality of digital images is automatically modified to create a plurality of modified images. Each of the plurality of modified images has a second resolution that is less than the first resolution and includes one or more of a predetermined image file format, a predetermined image parameter, and predetermined metadata. The plurality of modified images is automatically transmitted to the server. A display of the plurality of modified images is automatically generated using the server, wherein the display is of the plurality of modified images appearing in a single window on the first display screen of the first computer. The predetermined image file format, the predetermined image appearance parameter, and the predetermined metadata are determined prior to the modifying of the plurality of digital images.

In one aspect, the computer data signal is further for use with a first storage device controlled by one of the plurality of processors. The first storage device and the processor are disposed in a housing that is other than the digital camera. The housing is adapted for attachment to the digital camera or adapted for carrying on a user\'s body. The at least one program is further for controlling the plurality of processors to execute the following: automatically receiving the plurality of digital images from the digital camera for storage in the first storage device. Automatically modifying the plurality of digital images includes automatically modifying the plurality of digital images using the processor, and automatically transmitting the plurality of modified images includes automatically transmitting the plurality of modified images using the processor.

In another aspect, the plurality of modified images is comprised of a first set of modified images and a second set of modified images. The server is further in communication via the network with a second computer having a second display screen. A predetermined first folder location and a predetermined second folder location are located on the server and are determined prior to automatically modifying the plurality of digital images.

Automatically transmitting the plurality of modified images to the server includes automatically transmitting the first set of modified images to the server for storage in the predetermined first folder location, and automatically transmitting the second set of modified images to the server for storage in the predetermined second folder location. Automatically generating the display of the plurality of modified images using the server includes automatically generating a first display of the first set of modified images located in the first folder location and automatically generating a second display of the second set of modified images located in the second folder location. The first display is of the first set of modified images appearing in a first single window on the first screen of the first computer, and the second display is of the second set of modified images appearing in a second single window on the second screen of the second computer.

There are additional aspects to the present inventions. It should therefore be understood that the preceding is merely a brief summary of some embodiments and aspects of the present inventions. Additional embodiments and aspects are referenced below. It should further be understood that numerous changes to the disclosed embodiments can be made without departing from the spirit or scope of the inventions. The preceding summary therefore is not meant to limit the scope of the inventions. Rather, the scope of the inventions is to be determined by appended claims and their equivalents.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

These and/or other aspects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent and more readily appreciated from the following description of certain embodiments, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings of which:

FIG. 1 is a functional block diagram of a hardware operating environment of a digital photo management system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 2A and 2B show detailed exterior front and rear views of the module of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a functional block diagram of the module of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a functional block diagram of the server of FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 shows a method for generating a web photo gallery in accordance with an embodiment of the invention;

FIG. 6 shows a method for using module soft keys for the distribution of images in accordance with an embodiment of the invention;



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20090309981 A1
Publish Date
12/17/2009
Document #
12544165
File Date
08/19/2009
USPTO Class
3482071
Other USPTO Classes
3482312, 386 52, 348E07001, 386E05001
International Class
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Drawings
11


Digital Images
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