Olympus E-M1 Mark II Firmware v3.0 Brings E-M1X AF and IQ


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Olympus has announced firmware version 3.0 for the E-M1 Mark II mirrorless camera (which was announced in 2016). The update improves the camera’s autofocus and image quality to be on par with the new E-M1X announced in January 2019.

The E-M1 Mark II and E-M1X are the two professional bodies in the OM-D series, and Olympus is bringing the three-year-old camera up to speed to compete with rivals in the increasingly crowded mirrorless camera market.

With firmware v3.0, the E-M1 Mark II’s autofocus system uses the same algorithm as the E-M1X, “which was developed based on the shooting

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This AI Can ‘Bring a Person to Life’ from a Single Still Photo


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Researchers have created an AI that can animate a human subject from a single still photograph, “bringing them to life” by making them walk, run, sit, or jump out of a photo in 3D.

Photo Wake-Up: 3D Character Animation from a Single Photo” is the new paper describing the technology advancements made by the computer scientists at the University of Washington and Facebook.

After analyzing a photo to detect the human(s) within, the AI turns the person’s silhouette into an animatable mesh after identifying and labeling the various body parts. The 2D-to-3D person has details extracted from the

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This AI Can Tell When Faces in Photos Were Photoshopped


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Fake photos are a rampant issue in our digital age, but researchers are working hard to restore a greater degree of trust to photography. One team has created a new AI that can detect when faces in photos were manipulated using Photoshop.

The researchers at Adobe and UC Berkeley have published their work in a new paper titled, “Detecting Photoshopped Faces by Scripting Photoshop,” explaining how the new method can figure out if Photoshop’s Face Aware Liquify feature was used.

First, the researchers trained a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) using thousands of portraits scraped from the Internet that

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This AI Can Tell When Faces in Photos Were Photoshopped


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Fake photos are a rampant issue in our digital age, but researchers are working hard to restore a greater degree of trust to photography. One team has created a new AI that can detect when faces in photos were manipulated using Photoshop.

The researchers at Adobe and UC Berkeley have published their work in a new paper titled, “Detecting Photoshopped Faces by Scripting Photoshop,” explaining how the new method can figure out if Photoshop’s Face Aware Liquify feature was used.

First, the researchers trained a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) using thousands of portraits scraped from the Internet that

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This Software Can Undistort Faces at the Edges of Wide-Angle Photos


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If you’ve ever found yourself at the edges of a group photo captured with a wide-angle lens, you may have noticed some strange stretching, squishing, and/or skewing that distort your face. Researchers have now created software that can automatically fix these wide-angle face distortions without affecting other parts of the photo.

In a paper titled “Distortion-Free Wide-Angle Portraits on Camera Phones,” a group of researchers at Google and MIT led by YiChang Shih introduce a new algorithm they created that allows for, as the name states, distortion-free wide-angle portraits shot using camera phones.

“In spite of the rapid proliferation of

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How to Recover Deleted Photos and Videos from Cameras


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Our cameras are probably one of the most important digital devices that we own. Apart from smartphones, a lot of people use digital cameras to click better photos on the go. Sadly, just like any other electronic item, it can also malfunction at times. Our photos are our prized possessions and losing them can be our biggest nightmare. If you have also lost your important photos from a digital camera, then use a dedicated data recovery tool.

Full disclosure: This article was sponsored by Wondershare, the makers of the data recovery software Recoverit.

A while back, I also

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Wipster launches new Side-by-Side Version Comparison


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Wipster has just released a new side-by-side comparison feature that enables users to compare current & previous iterations of videos to compare progress and creative decisions. The release is an update to the version stacking feature inside Wipster. We’ve achieved this and helped millions of videos get delivered faster. This addition lets you look at … Continued

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This Free ‘Shazam for Nature’ App Can Identify Plants and Animals in Photos


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Love photographing plants and animals in the great outdoors? Seek is a new app you may want to download if you use an iPhone. It’s like a Shazam for nature: the app can help identify the things you photograph using the power of image recognition.

The app was created by iNaturalist, an online social network for nature enthusiasts, and its stated goal is to help everyone explore the nature around them.

If you ever take a picture and aren’t sure of what exactly you just captured, pull out the Seek app and point the Seek Camera at the living

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This 3D Map Shows Where You Can Hike to in Any Given Amount of Time


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If you’re a photographer who often hikes in the great outdoors, the mapping service FATMAP has added a new feature that you may find useful. It’s called the Travel Distance layer, and it shows on a 3D map exactly where you’ll be able to hike to in any given amount of time.

The map doesn’t just take into account the straight line distance for its calculations, but the geographical properties (e.g. slope/gradient) of the map as well. Surface properties such as brush, swamps, or crossing rivers aren’t taken into account.

Simply access the Travel Distance Layer within the app’s

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Nik Collection 2 Has Arrived: 42 New Presets, RAW Workflow, and More


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The Nik Collection very much back from the dead. DxO just announced the release of Nik Collection 2, a major update to the popular plugin suite for Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and Photoshop Elements.

After acquiring the Nik Collection (and its Snapseed app) in 2012 and making the $150 bundle free in 2016, Google announced that it would be abandoning the software in 2017. The French photography company DxO then swooped in that same year and acquired the software while promising to resume development, which it did in 2018 while making it a paid product again.

Now, after years

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What’s New With the iPhone’s Camera and Photos Apps in iOS 13


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The 2019 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off in San Jose yesterday, and Apple made several major announcements (including the new Mac Pro and 6K display) during the keynote presentation. One of the unveilings was for iOS 13, and a number of big improvements are coming to the iPhone’s Camera and Photos apps.

Portrait Lighting

Apple is “taking portrait lighting to a new level.” There’s a brand new Camera Portrait Lighting effect called High-Key Mono.

Portrait Lighting effects are now adjustable, just like they are in a real-world photo studio by moving lights closer and farther from subjects.

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Microsoft’s ‘Raw Image Extension’ Lets You View Raw Previews in Windows 10


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If you’re running the latest version of Windows 10 as a photographer, make sure you install Microsoft’s Raw Image Extension. It adds native viewing support for the major raw file formats used by various camera brands.

Windows 10 doesn’t have raw previewing built in by default, so while you can work with raw files in specialized software such as Adobe Lightroom, previews won’t show up for you in Windows File Explorer or the Photos app right out of the box.

If you’re running the latest version of Windows 10 (the May 2019 Update, version number 1903 at the time of

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DxO Deal


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I'm not supposed to be posting today (still prepping for the big week ahead), but I thought you might like to know (especially given the rumors recently that Adobe is toying with the idea of doubling the price of a Photoshop CC subscription from $10 to $20 a month) that DxO is having a summer promo deal of its PhotoLab 2 Elite Edition software. PhotoLab 2 Elite Edition (i.e., the full version) is a raw converter with specific lens+camera correction modules and some local editing features added to make it into a complete image editor. The normal one-time

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Panasonic S1 Firmware Update to Add Advanced Video Features


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Panasonic has announced an upcoming “Upgrade Firmware Key DMW-SFU2” for the LUMIX S1 full-frame mirrorless camera that will add a number of advanced video features that will make the S1 more suitable for pro-level filmmaking.

Here’s a list of new features and abilities that are incoming:

  • 14+ stops of V-Log recording
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K MOV 30p/25p*1 internal video recording
  • World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p*1 HDMI output
  • V-Log and V-Gamut compatible with Cinema VariCam Look
  • In-camera LUT (Look Up Table) application enabling playback of V-Log while or after recording (LUT Display with Custom Function)
  • A WFM (Waveform Monitor)

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Here’s a Lesser-Known Photoshop Trick for Zooming Around Inside Photos


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If you’re zoomed into a photo in Photoshop, popular ways to move around include holding the spacebar (and then clicking and dragging) or clicking inside the Navigator panel. But there’s a lesser-known trick that’s just as handy, and the Photoshop Training Channel explains how it works in this 2-minute video.

Basically, you can easily reposition your view within the photo at the same zoom level without having to move your mouse to the Navigator window. Simply hold the ‘H‘ key and then click and hold your left mouse button. This will cause you to temporarily zoom out and

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How to Recover Deleted or Formatted Files with Wondershare Recoverit


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How to Recover Deleted or Formatted Files with Wondershare Recoverit

One of the best pieces of advice I have been given in recent times was to not be a firefighter. Before you all jump on me and tell me I’m a dummy for saying something negative about people who are clearly more heroic than I am, let me explain. What I mean is to not be proactive in how I operate.

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