How to stand out in a crowded industry.
How to stand out in a crowded industry.
Facebook on Tuesday raised the ante for messaging apps photo quality with the announcement of 4K support for Messenger. Starting Tuesday, “people can send and receive photos in Messenger at 4K resolution — or up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels per image — the highest quality many smartphones support,” wrote Facebook Messenger product managers Sean Kelly and Hagen Green.
Researchers have found a way to use neural networks to create DSLR-quality photos from snapshots taken with low-end smartphones. A team of scientists at the ETH Zurich Computer Vision Lab recently published a paper describing a deep learning approach that uses neural networks to translate photos taken by cameras with limited capabilities into DSLR-quality photos automatically.
You don’t need a fancy camera to get started.
Pixelmator on Tuesday unveiled Pixelmator Pro 1.0 Whirlwind, a high-powered version of its popular photo editing application for macOS. Whirlwind will be available this fall. The app’s interface has gotten an overhaul — it’s now in a single window with no floating toolbars — and it boasts new nondestructive, GPU-powered image editing tools and enhanced machine-learning features.
Various celebrities over the years have “broken the Internet” when risqué photos or shocking revelations surfaced, with or without their knowledge or approval. Photo hosting service Photobucket may have surpassed Kim Kardashian’s most notorious stunts, though. The company recently changed its user agreement for the hosting of images on third-party sites, and truly may have broken the Internet.
Nikon has announced its new KeyMission line of shooters, marking its entry into the 360-degree and action camera business. The KeyMission 360 can corral 360-degree video in 4K UHD at 24p, as well as in the more traditional HD 1080p. It also shoots 30-megapixel stills. The unit has two f/2.0 lenses, each with a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor. The dual units eliminate blind spots.
Apple raised the ante for cameras in flagship phones with the announcement of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Others already have taken the dual-camera approach to smartphone photography — notably HTC, LG and Huawei. “While it’s not the first dual camera mounted in a smartphone, it’s on par with the others in terms of basic functionality,” said Brian Blau, a research director for Gartner.
Everyone has a story to tell, and Instagram on Tuesday announced Stories, a new way for users to tell theirs. Stories allows Instagram users to string together images and videos for a dynamic slide show presentation that can be shared with friends or the entire Instagram community. Rather than sharing content individually with others on the platform, a user can choose to share it through a story.
Polaroid Swing, a new iOS app for creating animated photos, on Tuesday debuted at the App Store. The app has ties both to instant photography pioneer Polaroid and Twitter founder Biz Stone. Polaroid Swing lets a “phonetog” capture 1-second videos posing as images that become animated when a phone is tilted, or when they’re swiped or tapped. The app presents three options.
Twitter fans who want to dress up pix they post to the service can do it with #Stickers, a new feature announced Monday. “Soon, you can browse our rotating sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations, and select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more fun,” said Sasank Reddy, a senior product manager at Twitter.
Cambridge-based image fusion firm Spectral Edge has closed a £1.5m (about $2.1 million) seed funding round. The round was led by IQ Capital and Parkwalk Advisors and also drew support from various other firms including Cambridge Angels, Wren Capital and Cambridge Capital Group. A statement said the new funding would be used to grow Spectral […]
Look to photography organizations online, and be sure to watch out for copyright issues and unexpected costs.
Waldo Photos announced today that it has raised a $5 million seed round led by Upfront Ventures to fund its photo-finding platform. The company plans to use the funds to not only launch its service to the public in the next 2 to 3 months, but also increase hiring and partnerships. Started by Rodney Rice […]
Photo community 500px has introduced a new feature that enables photographers to curate images and videos based on their preferred visual style. The feature is called Galleries, and the idea is that users can bookmark photos right on the site or even create a thematic scrapbook. This feature is available for all users on the Web, […]
I’m no stranger to taking photos, especially in groups. And I’m not the only one, as your social media stream will certainly attest. But it can often be difficult to figure out what to do with all those photos afterward. Yes, if you’re tech savvy, it’s easy to use different applications to back media up, […]
Since its debut in 2006, Lytro has produced devices that leveraged light field technology. The company’s belief was that people would be interested in work that captured information about the direction of light rays, which gives it an experience like you’re looking at it in real life. Today, the company is embarking on another adventure […]