Photographer Turns Drone Shot Into a Facebook 3D Photo

Facebook’s new 3D Photos feature is designed for photos captured using the depth map-based Portrait mode in the latest smartphones. Photographer Oat Vaiyaboon went beyond smartphones and turned a DJI Mavic Pro drone photo into a Facebook 3D Photo by creating his own depth map. “I thought I would try creating my very own custom depth map in PS and then edit the image together with Depth Camera on iOS,” writes Vaiyaboon, who goes by hangingpixels online. “Each component (layers) needs to be selected and converted to greyscale individually with varying opacity using alpha channels – foreground is 100% black,
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Apple Admits iPhone ‘Beautygate’ is a Camera Bug

There has been much talk and debate in recent weeks about the iPhone XS and XR’s “beauty filter,” a default skin smoothing in selfies that sparked a controversy dubbed “beautygate.” While many have explained the effect as the result of noise reduction, Apple has just admitted that it’s indeed a camera bug. “Beautygate” emerged a few weeks ago after iPhone users took to social media to complain about their front-facing cameras automatically and aggressively smoothing out skin details.

A Mystery Solved

There's a Fuji X-H1 on the way here for a short trial, so I'm getting up to speed on some of the background. For some time now, I've had to sort of slot it in the "Shrug" file whenever anyone slags Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) for converting Fuji X-Trans raw files. People say things like, "Are you using ACR? Then you're not seeing what Fuji can do. You have to use Iridient" (or Capture One or whatever), or "it's well known that Adobe doesn't do well with X-Trans files." And yet they always seemed good enough to me.
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Beware: There’s a Blend Mode Bug in Photoshop CC 2019

Beware the Photoshop CC 2019 update! It does not come without bugs. When everyday tools do not behave the way they should, we should pay very close attention! With the latest update released earlier this week, Adobe released the latest versions of all the Creative Cloud apps, including the latest Photoshop (version 20.0.0). I was actually inclined to give it a chance right from the go. I’ve been let down in the past by Adobe’s update strategies, but this hasn’t been the case for me for any of the CC updates yet. As pretty much all the bugs
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Adobe MovingStills Creates Realistic Camera Moves in Still Photos

At the ongoing Adobe MAX 2018 conference, Adobe is showing off some sneak peeks of features being developed for the Creative Cloud. One of them is MovingStills, which lets you add realistic camera moves to any still photograph, bringing it to life. The idea is to use artificial intelligence to intelligently create parallax based on what’s found in a photo, turning it into a faux video shot with a moving camera. Here’s what an ordinary “zoom” into a 2D photo looks like without any special technology:
“The result is not very impressive,” the presenter says. “It looks quite flat and
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Adobe Sneaks Shows Amazing Tech That Might Be Coming Soon

Adobe Sneaks Shows Amazing Tech That Might Be Coming Soon Every year at Adobe MAX, and sometimes in between, we are treated to the Adobe Sneaks: a series of presentations of what Adobe is doing at the most advanced levels technology can take us in order to help creators save loads of time, such as Project Fast Mask, which makes masking out any subject in a video as easy as using the Magic Wand selection tool. [ Read More ]

What’s New in the Oct. 2018 Update to Photoshop and Lightroom

Adobe has released updates to the entire photography ecosystem, which includes Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop CC, and Adobe Camera RAW. Here’s a rundown of what’s new, with descriptions by Adobe:

Lightroom Classic CC

Faster tethering: Experience greater speed and stability when tethering a Canon camera to Lightroom Classic CC. One-step Merge to Panorama: Create HDR panos faster now that you can merge multiple bracketed exposures into multiple HDR photos and then stitch them into a panorama — all in one step.
Depth range masking: Make selections based on specific depth ranges in either the foreground or
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4 Simple Tips for Better Landscape Photography Trips

Due to circumstances that are generally out of our control, not all landscape photography trips are a success, but with a bit of planning you can increase the likelihood of having a productive outdoor photo shoot. The soft morning or late afternoon light that all landscape photographers are after is generally a short-lived event and being as prepared as possible will enable you to capture it when the moment is right.

1. Virtual Scouting

A great way to determine if a location is photogenic is to hop over to 500px and run a search for your location. This will also
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This is the Full Photoshop Coming to the iPad

We learned earlier this year that Adobe is working on bringing a full version of Photoshop to the Apple iPad, and today the company officially announced it: “real” Photoshop power is coming to the popular tablet in 2019. Adobe unveiled the next generation of Adobe Creative Cloud apps today and says the new updates mark “a major inflection for the future of creativity.” “We are unlocking a new level of creative potential by releasing more powerful tools, extending creativity beyond the desktop, and empowering creatives to thrive in new mediums like voice and augmented reality,” Adobe says. The new
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Adobe Announces Full Version of Photoshop CC for iPad

Adobe Announces Full Version of Photoshop CC for iPad Photoshop CC has long been Adobe’s flagship and most recognizable creative product. This marks the first time the software will be available off the desktop in a full-fledged and purely touch-optimized package since Adobe originally released Photoshop 1.0 nearly three decades ago. [ Read More ]

Canon Digital Photo Professional Express Does RAW Processing on iPads

Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software has been ported to the iPad in a new app called Digital Photo Professional Express (DPP Express). It allows photographers to process JPEG and .CR3 RAW files on the go using their tablets. The app works with Canon’s Camera Connect app to connect wirelessly to your camera to streamline photo processing. The app can display photos, adjust settings, and save them (to the cloud, a computer, or back to your camera). DPP Express features a simple interface for adjusting things like tone curves, white balance, picture settings, gamma levels, and lens correction. A Multiple Editing
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Windows 10 Update Pulled After Users Report Deleted Photos and Files

Microsoft has paused the rollout of its latest Windows 10 update after users reported that photos and other personal files had been wiped without warning by the latest version of the operating system. The Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) was made available on October 2nd but hadn’t yet been pushed through Windows’ automatic update system. Some people who chose to install it through Windows Update soon reported that their personal documents folders had been wiped clean. Photos, videos, music, documents, and other files were nowhere to be found. Microsoft responded on October 4th by pulling the update for
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