Triggertrap Open Sources Its Mobile Dongle Hardware

As Triggertrap continues winding down its business, their Triggertrap Mobile Dongles are becoming increasingly difficult to find. But there’s some good news now: the company has decided to open source the hardware, making it is possible to build your own dongle. The Triggertrap camera triggering system comprises three parts:
  1. The Triggertrap Mobile App. This app emits a 19khz sine-wave tone for a specific duration, which the hardware listens for. The app is still available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for free.
  2. The Triggertrap Mobile Dongle. This plugs in to your phone and listens for
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infltr: The First iPhone App to Edit Photos, Live Photos, Videos, and Animated GIFs

infltr, short for “infinite filters”, enables you to apply millions of filters to your media with a tap. The latest update enables GIF editing, making it the first app to feature editing of all 4 media types in one package. The app offers a simple way to apply filters, applying them in real-time with a swipe of the finger. There are 7 million filters in the app according to the developer, and you can add your favorites to a collection for later use.
The infltr developers have clearly been hard at work since we wrote about the $2 app back
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How to Use the Auto Mask Feature in Lightroom to Target Your Edits

Did you know that Lightroom has powerful smart masking features that can help you target your adjustments to specific parts of your photo? The feature is called Auto Mask, and here’s a 5-minute tutorial by Photonerds University that introduces how it’s used. The Auto Mask checkbox can be found when you’re using the Graduated Filter, Radial Filter, and Adjustment Brush tools. After using one of those tools to make an adjustment to a photo, you can switch to a brush and the Auto Mask feature can help you include or exclude certain parts of the scene simply by painting the
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A Massive 30-Part Guide to Retouching Photos in Photoshop

Want a crash course in retouching photos in Photoshop? Here’s a 4-part video series that clocks in at 4.5 hours in total, making it a very comprehensive guide. There’s something here for everyone — even the most experienced photographers are sure to learn something from the series. Nathaniel Dodson from tutvid goes over a total of 30 techniques from healing skin blemishes to creating skin texture, replacing skies, puppet warping, and even swapping out faces. Photoshop is a very powerful piece of software, and it seems that no matter how long you’ve been using it for there’s always something
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Macphun Is Releasing Its Best-Selling Photo Editing Software on Windows

Photo editing software developer Macphun—in case the name isn’t enough of a hint—has been Apple-only since it first arrived on the scene in 2008. But not anymore. This Fall, the company is going to be releasing its best-selling photo editing software on PC. The news just dropped a few minutes ago, and if you’re a Windows user who has never given Macphun apps a try, this is exciting. The company made its name by creating easy-to-use one or two-function apps like Snapheal and the recently-updated Aurora HDR. Then, earlier this year, they made a big splash when they released
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This iPhone App Can Identify Pantone Colors From the Real World

Cone is a beautifully designed iOS app that uses the phone’s camera to pick Pantone colors from the world around you. The $2.49 app samples colors along with their Pantone name in real-time – the precise opposite of the color matching project we wrote about yesterday. Cone is a very handy way to create satisfying color palettes from real life scenes, and it also provides the hex color values for use in web or graphic design.
Cone works by converting the captured color to the L.A.B. color space, and then it finds the closest Pantone color. Designer
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Instagram is Testing ‘Archived Posts’ that Let You Hide Unwanted Photos

Instagram is testing a new feature called Archived Posts that will let you pull photos off of your main profile and into a hidden “Archive” section. That way, you can curate a perfect profile without deleting any of the photos you’ve shared on the social network. The feature was first spotted last night by The Next Web Social Media Director Matt Navarra, and it works exactly as you would expect. When you click on the “…” to the top right of any of your photos, above the rest of the options—Turn Off Commenting, Edit, Share, and Delete—you now have
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A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Black & White Photos in Lightroom

Here’s a 15-minute video tutorial from photographer Nathaniel Dodson that’ll help you learn how to create the perfect black and white image using only Lightroom. Although titled as “3 great ways to create black and white photos,” this tutorial demonstrates 2 different methods for converting the images in Lightroom, with a third segment showing the effect applied to a dramatic HDR photo. At 1:35, Dodson begins with the first method: using the HSL panel. This panel has a B&W tab, which converts the image to black and white when selected. Because the color detail still exists in the image,
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Photo Books and Automated Sharing Coming to Google Photos

Alongside Google Lens and an interesting content-aware fill feature announced by Google at I/O 2017, the company also revealed some new sharing features coming to their Google Photos app: Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries, and Photo Books. Suggested Sharing will use machine learning to suggest people you might want to share your photos with, based on who appeared in them. Once shared with friends and family, they will be able to see the photos and add their own to the collection as well.
Shared Libraries enables you to automatically share photos with one other person. You can set this up to
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Photo Books and Automated Sharing Coming to Google Photos

Alongside Google Lens and an interesting content-aware fill feature announced by Google at I/O 2017, the company also revealed some new sharing features coming to their Google Photos app: Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries, and Photo Books. Suggested Sharing will use machine learning to suggest people you might want to share your photos with, based on who appeared in them. Once shared with friends and family, they will be able to see the photos and add their own to the collection as well.
Shared Libraries enables you to automatically share photos with one other person. You can set this up to
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How To Recover Corrupt Panasonic GH4 and GH5 .mdf Files

How To Recover Corrupt Panasonic GH4 and GH5 .mdf Files One of the worst gut wrenching feelings any content producer can face is opening up a memory card only to find that a file is corrupt or missing altogether. Recently we sold most of our Nikon gear and switched over to the new Panasonic GH5 cameras because of their better video features, superior image stabilization, and overall smaller size. Unfortunately we have found that unlike our Nikon cameras, the GH5 can corrupt files pretty easily if you are using their battery grip. In this video, I show you how these files can easily corrupt as well as a few software Continue reading "How To Recover Corrupt Panasonic GH4 and GH5 .mdf Files"

AI-Powered App Helps You Colorize Black & White Photos in Seconds

This is amazing. The researchers at UC Berkeley who came up with the automatic colorizer algorithm we first shared back in March, 2016 have released a major update. The software now lets you team up with the algorithm to colorize complex black and white photos accurately in seconds. Both the original app and this update were created by Richard Zhang and his team at UC Berkeley. But while the original often got many of the colors wrong, the update lets you give the algorithm “hints” so that it knows what color goes where. The fact of the matter is, the
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Google Lens Turns Your Phone Camera Into an AI-Powered Visual Search Tool

In addition to stepping on Photoshop’s toes, Google also spent some time at yesterday’s keynote showing off something called “Google Lens”: a technology that basically turns your phone’s camera into an artificially intelligent visual search tool. Google Lens is going to work hand-in-hand with Google Assistant, using AI capabilities to identify objects in the world around you and project actionable information and about those objects onto your screen. From identifying what kind of flower (or exotic bug that just bit you…) you’re looking at, to copying relevant text automatically, to scanning your environment to pull up restaurants reviews in
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Google Will Soon Be Able to Remove Unwanted Objects from Your Photos

Google made a bunch of interesting and exciting camera-related announcements at I/O 2017, and we’ll cover them all, but one of the most intriguing was also one of the shortest. Google briefly showed off a powerful “content aware fill” feature that left people wide-eyed and clapping furiously. You can see the capability in this GIF. “Say you take a picture of your daughter at a baseball game, and there’s something obstructing it,” says Google. “We can do the hard work, and remove that obstruction.” Unfortunately, Google didn’t reveal much beyond this little teaser. We don’t know when this
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Instagram Copies Snapchat (Again), Launches Its Own ‘Face Filters’

Arguably Snapchat’s most popular feature to date is their augmented reality ‘selfie filters’ that allow you to augment your face with bunny ears, vomit rainbows, and occasionally trample on someone’s copyright. Now, in a move absolutely everyone saw coming, Instagram has copied the feature. In a new update that just went live earlier today, Instagram is introducing what they call ‘face filters’ into the camera app—”an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining.” “From math equations swirling around your head to furry koala ears that move and twitch, you can transform into a variety
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Microsoft Announces Story Remix, A Spiritual Successor to Movie Maker

Microsoft will be launching their Windows 10 Creators Update in September, and the company has just unveiled one of the apps that’ll come with it. It’s called Story Remix, and it’s a video-crafting app that looks to be the spiritual successor to Movie Maker. Movie Maker saw its last release in 2014 before being discontinued at the beginning of this year. It was a free app that allowed Windows users to create simple mash-ups of photographs and video clips with basic transitions and other effects. Story Remix looks to be an advanced version of the discontinued app, and lands somewhere
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Ingenious ‘FilmLab’ App is the Easiest Way to Turn Negatives Into Digital Files

Software developer Abe Fettig has a winner on his hands. His newly developed app FilmLab makes it easier than ever to turn film negatives and slides of various sizes into digital files without having to touch a scanner, understand wet mounting, or really do anymore more than point and shoot with your smartphone. Fettig says he created the app for himself. “When I got into shooting film, I started imagining software that would make it easier and more fun to scan and share my negatives with other people,” he says in the Kickstarter video. “About six months ago I started
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Fstoppers Reviews StudioBinder, Production Management Software

Fstoppers Reviews StudioBinder, Production Management Software StudioBinder is a web-based tool designed to help manage any creative production. Whether you are a photographer planning a shoot with a small creative team or a world-class producer looking to manage your next billion dollar box office hit, StudioBinder promises to help make your production run smoother with its suite of handy tools. Lets find out if StudioBinder meets the bar set by its lofty claim of being the world's leading production management software. [ Read More ]