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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Camera Autofocus Systems Explained: Phase, Contrast, Hybrid, DFD

Camera manufacturers have been utilizing different types of autofocus systems in modern digital cameras. If you’d like a primer on how each one works, here’s a fantastic 18-minute video by tech tester Gerald Undone that will bring you up to speed. Gerald examines the systems in three cameras: the Canon EOS R with its Dual Pixel AF, the Sony a7 III with its hybrid phase-detection, and the Panasonic Lumix G9 with its Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology. In addition to explaining how the major AF systems work, Gerald also helpfully explains strengths and shortcomings, giving you the knowledge you need
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The World’s Fastest Camera Can Shoot 10 Trillion Frames Per Second

Researchers have created a new world’s fastest camera. Called T-CUP, the camera can capture a mind-boggling 10 trillion frames per second. The camera was developed by scientists at the INRS branch of the Université du Québec in Canada, and it doubles the previous record speed. Lund University’s FRAME camera boasted 5 trillion frames per second in 2017, beating out MIT’s one-trillion-frame-per-second camera of 2011. At 10 trillion frames per second, T-CUP is able to freeze time in order to see and study things that are traditionally too fast to visualize — things like laser pulses can be seen in
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Facebook’s 3D Photos Have Arrived

Facebook announced today that it has begun rolling out 3D photos. Viewable both in the News Feed and with virtual reality headsets, 3D photos bring a scene to life by adding the facets of depth and movement. After capturing a photo using the Portrait mode on a compatible smartphone, you can share that 3D photo on Facebook to allow viewers to scroll, pan, and tilt while looking at it. It’s “like you’re looking through a window,” Facebook says.
The technology uses the depth map data stored in Portrait mode photos captured with the iPhone 7+, 8+, X and XS. There’s
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Is Sony’s Color Science Really That Bad?

One of the biggest complaints I hear quite regularly about Sony mirrorless cameras is that their color science is horrible. Many photographers don’t seem to like how Sony interprets colors from any given scene. This it seems, to be especially true for portrait photographers. In stark contrast, color science is one of the major positive points for Canon cameras. Many photographers love Canon colors and it’s actually one of the reasons so many photographers don’t want to switch. I personally have made comments about Sony’s color science too, however, I thought it was important to properly compare them. This
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iPhone XS: A Look at the New Camera (and Debunking the ‘Beauty Filter’)

My name is Sebastiaan de With, and I’m the designer of the iPhone camera app Halide. I recently detailed the camera hardware changes of the iPhone XS vs. the iPhone X, and I wondered why Apple’s keynote focused on changes in camera software rather than the new hardware. After testing the iPhone XS cameras for the last week, I get it. The iPhone XS doesn’t just have a bigger sensor: It has a whole new camera — and the biggest change is its reliance on computational photography.

It’s A Smart Thing

Apple is smart. They see diminishing returns cramming more
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RED and Facebook Unveil Manifold, a 3D and 360° VR Camera

RED and Facebook have unveiled Manifold, a new VR camera for shooting 3D and 360° imagery. It’s a “first studio-ready camera system for immersive 6DoF [6 degree of freedom] storytelling.” “Manifold is a single product that redefines immersive cinematography with an all-in-one capture and distribution framework, giving creative professionals complete ownership of their 3D video projects, from conception to curtain call,” Facebook writes. “What this means for audiences is total narrative immersion in anything shot on the new camera system and viewed through 6DoF VR headsets. It’s nothing short of a paradigm shift in our ability to tell stories.
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The First Photo from the Asteroid Japan Just Landed Rovers On

Japan just made history by landing two small rovers on the surface of an asteroid hurtling through space 174 million miles (280 million km) from Earth, and here’s the first published photo from the rovers shot from the surface of 162173 Ryugu. The photo “was taken during a hop on the surface and you can feel this dynamic movement” in the motion blur, the Japanese space agency JAXA writes. The asteroid measures about 0.6 miles (1km) in diameter and was discovered back in 1999. JAXA’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft sent the two rovers to the space rock on Friday, and the
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8, 12, 14 vs 16-Bit Depth: What Do You Really Need?!

“Bit depth” is one of those terms we’ve all run into, but very few photographers truly understand. Photoshop offers 8, 16, and 32-bit file formats. Sometimes we see files referred to as being 24 of 48-bit. And our cameras often offer 12 vs 14-bit files (though you might get 16-bit with a medium format camera). What does it all mean, and what really matters?

What is bit depth?

Before we compare the various options, lets first discuss what the naming means. A “bit” is a computer’s way of storing information as a 1 or 0. A single bit isn’t really
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Why Dedicated Cameras Will Always Be (Optically) Better than Smartphones

It’s September, which means another generation of Apple iPhones. This year, the iPhone XS (pronounced “ten ess”) adds a slightly larger sensor plus significantly more computing power via the A12 Bionic Chip to enhance the phone’s image signal processing. But despite the ability to perform 5 trillion operations a second, the iPhone still can’t do something your dedicated ILP camera can, namely, collect as much light. And when it comes to photography, true exposure (i.e. the total number of photons captured) is directly related to image quality. Of course, that much computing power does give some powerful workarounds.

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This ‘Flying Battery’ Drone Can Fly Two Hours on a Single Charge

If you’re an aerial photographer who’s frustrated with the maximum flight times of the latest drones, you might want to keep an eye on the startup company Impossible Aerospace. It has developed a drone called the US-1 that can fly a whopping two hours on a single charge. That maximum flight time is roughly five times the 25-30 minute max offered by competitors on the market such as the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. Once drained, the drone can also recharge to 75% in about 45 minutes of charging. What sets the drone apart is that the whole thing was designed
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How These Former Kodak Engineers Helped Prevent World War III

During the Cold War, the US enlisted the help of Kodak to create a satellite camera for spying on the Soviet Union. This 4-minute video by CNN is a look at the program and the former Kodak employees who “helped prevent World War III.” During the Cold War, the Kodak employees (who still meet for a monthly luncheon) were tasked with developing the KH-7 Gambit reconnaissance satellite that was used from July 1963 to June 1967. The program in Kodak’s “Research and Engineering” division — the government side of the company — was so top secret that information was
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Scientists Develop a Lensless Camera That Uses a Glass Window Instead

Scientists have created a new lensless camera that can capture photos using a standard pane of window glass. University of Utah electrical and computer engineers detailed their breakthrough in a new research paper titled “Computational Imaging Enables a ‘See-Through’ Lensless Camera,” which has been published in the latest issue of Optics Express. The scientists say their goal was to develop a camera that creates photos optimized for machines to look at, rather than humans. When an ordinary digital camera sensor is pointed at an object without a lens focusing light, the resulting photo looks like an undecipherable mess
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$1 Billion Telescope to Shoot Photos 10 Times Sharper Than Hubble’s

Think the Hubble Space Telescope’s photos are impressive? The $1 billion Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) under construction in Chile will shoot photos with 10 times the resolution of NASA’s Hubble telescope. “The GMT mirrors will collect more light than any telescope ever built and the resolution will be the best ever achieved,” the GMT website states. On track to shoot its first photo in the year 2024, the GMT is being built at the Las Campanas Observatory on a mountain the Atacama Desert of Chile. The site, which is located at an altitude of 8,500 feet (2,550 meters), was selected
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This is Age-Reduction Retouching in 4K

Here’s a video that may blow your mind. Los Angeles-based digital compositor and beauty artist Rousselos Aravantinos made this short video showing the digital age reduction retouching he can do on a 4K video. He’s able to make an older woman realistically look like she’s decades younger. “I experimented with new techniques,” says Aravantinos, a Fulbright alumnus. “The goal was to preserve more fine details of the skin texture but also not to alter the face dramatically.” Aravantinos says he’s studying human anatomy to increase the realism of his work. An earlier age-reduction retouching test of his went viral
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Samsung’s New Galaxy Note 9 Points Out Flaws In Your Photos

Samsung today announced the new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. Among its new features is Samsung’s “most intelligent camera yet” and a new Flaw Detection feature that will point out when your photos aren’t up to par. The Note 9 features a dual camera on the back with a 12MP f1.5/f2.4 wide-angle lens (it has a dual aperture like the Samsung Galaxy S9) and a 12mp f/2.4 telephoto lens. Both lenses have built-in optical image stabilization. The front-facing camera is an 8MP f/1.7 unit. “New revolutionary features make it nearly impossible to take a bad shot,”
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Samsung is Making 4TB SSDs Cheaper for Everyone

Samsung has announced that it has begun mass producing the storage industry’s first 4-bit 4-terabyte SSD drives. While Samsung has also unveiled a 30TB SSD and the world’s largest SSD is a staggering 100TB, those are designed for enterprise uses. These latest 4TB drives are designed for ordinary consumers. The new 4-bit (QLC, quad-level cell) SATA SSD drives are “expected to bring a new level of efficiency to consumer SSDs.” “Samsung’s new 4-bit SATA SSD will herald a massive move to terabyte-SSDs for consumers,” says Samsung EVP Jaesoo Han. “As we expand our lineup across consumer segments and
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This Soviet Spy Camera Was Disguised as a Camera

We’ve seen Soviet spy cameras disguised as everything from a gold ring to a pack of cigarettes, but this recently auction Soviet spy camera was disguised as… a camera. The camera went up for auction in early July at Aston’s Auctioneers in the UK, where it ended up selling for £3,300 after an initial estimated value of just £150 to £200. The spy camera is designed to look like a common Zenit E 35mm SLR tucked away in its leather case. It allowed the photographer to look like the camera is not in use while he or she is
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SiOnyx Aurora is an Action Camera that ‘Turns Night Into Full-Color Daylight’

SiOnyx Aurora is a new action camera that claims to be the world’s first day/night camera for consumers. It’s ultra-light sensitive, allowing you to shoot full-color images in low-light conditions. The Aurora is “the only HD action video camera with true day and night color imaging,” SiOnyx says, noting that it has received over 40 patents related to the camera. SiOnyx was founded back in 2006 by Professor Eric Mazur and Dr. James Carey of Harvard University. “SiOnyx has developed a new semiconductor process that dramatically enhances the infrared sensitivity of silicon-based imaging,” the company says. “Its ultra low-light technology
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Sony Unveils the First 48-Megapixel Smartphone Sensor

Sony has just announced a new CMOS sensor for smartphones that captures 48-megapixel photos — the highest pixel count in the industry. The sensor is the world’s first to feature an ultra-small pixel size of just 0.8μm, which is what allows it to stuff 48-megapixels onto a 1/2-inch sensor. “These days, high-end smartphone models require even greater imaging quality from their cameras,” Sony says. “The new Sony sensor features 48 effective megapixels, a pixel count which rivals that of high-performance SLR cameras, making it possible to capture beautiful, high-resolution images even with a smartphone.”
A resolution comparison of
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