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The Economist 16 December 2019 – Underwater Photography Article

The Economist 16 December 2019 The Economist magazine selected one of my photographs of a gathering of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) to headline an article in the 16 December 2019 issue (Science and Technology section) about the reasons why some whale species are large. Highlighted and discussed in the piece is recently published research by Dr Jeremy Goldbogen, Stanford University and colleagues. In short, the trade-off between dive time/ style and choice/ availability of food determines maximum size for a given species,…

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Researchers Developed an AI that Can ‘Relight’ Portraits After the Fact – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxhGWds_g4I] A group of researchers and engineers from UC San Diego and Google have trained a neural network to “relight” portraits after the fact “according to any provided environment map.” In other words: their system can take any photo and adjust the lighting at will—including the direction, temperature, and quality of the light. The technology was detailed in a research paper submitted to SIGGRAPH 2019z, an annual conference on computer graphics, and like most AI-based image manipulation that we’ve…

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Scientists Use Camera with Human-Like Vision to Capture 5,400 fps Video – Photography Article

A team of scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) have figured out how to capture super slow-motion footage using what’s called an “Event Camera.” That is: a camera that sees the world in a continuous stream of information, the way humans do. Regular cameras work by capturing discreet frames, recapturing the same scene 24 or more times per second and then stitching it together to create a video. Event cameras are different. They capture…

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Physicist Solves 2,000-Year-Old Optical Problem – Photography Article

When you look through your viewfinder and things seem a little bit blurry or lacking definition, it’s probably because you are using an “el cheapo” lens. So you read reviews and buy a much more expensive lens, and what do you do next? You don’t go out to learn about composition and lighting to make better pictures. No. If you are a conscious and professional photographer, you start pixel-peeping to rationalize your expensive purchase. And what do you find then?…

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

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…

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This AI Can Tell When Faces in Photos Were Photoshopped – Photography Article

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.…

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

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…

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Photographers Get Lowballed Because They Love Their Jobs: Study – Photography Article

Photographers have been speaking out in recent years about getting asked to do work for little or no money. A new research study is now suggesting that one of the reasons photographers get lowballed is because they love their jobs. Professor Aaron Kay and Ph.D student Jay Kim at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business recently published a paper titled, “Understanding Contemporary Forms of Exploitation: Attributions of Passion Serve to Legitimize the Poor Treatment of Workers,” in the Journal of…

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Stop Planning. Start Doing. And here’s how. – Photography Article

Here’s an important reminder:  you’ll never feel ready to start.  But you’ve got to do it anyway. And the operative word there is “do.” Just start. This episode is the kick in the ass you need.  Too often we get bogged down in the dreaming, the research, and the preparing – without the DOING.  Feel me on this?  It’s a common excuse that most of use…that we just need a little more planning…  Wrong. This is not to say that planning…

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