Collections - Storage Based API Operations

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In this lesson, you'll learn about Amazon Rekognition, a service that enables you to easily and quickly integrate computer vision features directly into your own applications. At its core, Amazon Rekognition provides an API that you submit images and/or videos to. You then instruct the Rekognition service to perform a specific analysis on the media. The analysis can be anything from detecting faces within an image to extracting labels from a video in an asynchronous manner.


We’ll provide in-depth reviews of the image, video, and collection based API sets. Amazon Rekognition makes it easy to add image and video analysis to your applications. You simply submit your image or video to the Rekognition service, and the service will then identify objects, people, text, scenes, emotions, and activities. Additionally the service can be used to moderate content, by detecting inappropriate or objectionable content.


We finish the lesson with a couple of demonstrations:

  • In the 1st demonstration we will show you how to use Amazon Rekognition together with S3 and CloudFront for hosting, to build a simple facial analysis static web application.
  • In the 2nd demonstration we will show you how to use the AWSCLI to implement an object and feature detection system that sends an email when certain features are detected within an image.

Both demonstrations will highlight the capabilities of the Amazon Rekognition and the different approaches you can adopt to interface with the service.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this lesson includes:

  • Data scientists interested in mining information from images and/or video
  • Machine Learning enthusiasts with an interest in computer vision
  • Developers interested in learning how to integrate image and video analysis into their own applications
  • Anyone interested in learning how Amazon Rekognition works

Learning Objectives

By completing this lesson, you will: 

  • Understand what Amazon Rekognition is and what it offers
  • Understand the benefits of using the Amazon Rekognition service
  • Understand how to use Amazon Rekognition APIs to process both images and videos
  • Understand how to use Collections and the storage based API set
  • Understand business use cases and scenarios that can benefit from using the Amazon Rekognition service
  • Be able to architect and integrate Amazon Rekognition into your own applications


The following prerequisites will be both useful and helpful for this lesson:

  • General development and coding experience
  • AWS S3 and IAM security experience (for the demonstrations)

Lesson Agenda

The agenda for the remainder of this lesson is as follows:

  • We’ll discuss what Amazon Rekognition is and when and why you might consider using it
  • We’ll review the Amazon Rekognition service and provide an in-depth review of each of its features
  • We’ll discuss benefits and business use cases that can be empowered by leveraging Amazon Rekognition
  • We’ll provide some example business use cases and scenarios that utilise the Rekognition service
  • Finally - We’ll present 2 demonstrations that highlight how to integrate with the Rekognition service


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About the Author
Jeremy Cook, opens in a new tab
Content Lead Architect
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Jeremy is a Content Lead Architect and DevOps SME here at Cloud Academy where he specializes in developing DevOps technical training documentation.

He has a strong background in software engineering, and has been coding with various languages, frameworks, and systems for the past 25+ years. In recent times, Jeremy has been focused on DevOps, Cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP), Security, Kubernetes, and Machine Learning.

Jeremy holds professional certifications for AWS, Azure, GCP, Terraform, Kubernetes (CKA, CKAD, CKS).

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