Software

A Technical Look at Creating a Photo Restoration and Colorization AI – Photography Article

In this article, I’m going to tell a story of how we’ve created AI-based restoration project for old military photos. Editor’s note: This article is highly technical and will not be easy reading for most. What is “photo restoration”? It consists of three steps: 1. We find all the image defects: fractures, scuffs, holes; 2. We inpaint the discovered defects, based on the pixel values around them; 3. We colorize the image. Further, I’ll describe every step of photo restoration…

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A to Z of Photography: Noise and Helmut Newton – Photography Article

Moving on to N, we enter the second half of the alphabet and with that a headlong rush to Z. It’s been a blast getting to this point, but now we start the countdown. In this issue the A to Z of Photography we visit that most unwanted of digital acquaintances, noise, before taking a peek at the cover work (and Polaroids) of Helmut Newton. (Image) Noise A digital sensor reduces to a device that counts the number of photons…

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Microsoft Releases Free RAW Image Viewer Extension for Windows 10 – Photography Article

If you’re a Windows user—or a Mac user who’s been contemplating a switch—Microsoft just made it a little easier to switch over by releasing a useful new RAW Image Extension for Windows 10. The free extension lets you preview RAW files in Windows File Explorer and open them in the native Photos app—no more using Photoshop or Lightroom to preview something, only to realize you opened the wrong file. Combine this new extension with the popular QuickLook extension that allows…

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My SD Card Failed and This Was a Huge Lifesaver – Photography Article

Recently, one of my SD cards failed on me when I trying to access it. After I inserted it into my Transcend card reader, I was able to access the card momentarily until the folders abruptly closed down, preventing any further access to the data. As you can imagine, this was quite concerning to me.  Fortunately, a company called Stellar Recovery reached out to me asking if I wanted to review their software. This was quite a strange yet very…

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9 Single-Key Lightroom Shortcuts I Use Every Day – Photography Article

In all honesty, I only use single-key shortcuts as opposed to multi-key for the simple reason that I can’t remember much beyond a single keystroke. I thought about printing every shortcut and hanging it on my office wall for reference, but that would defeat the purpose of using shortcuts in the first place as I’d have to spend additional time scanning the printout to locate what I’m looking for. In the 12-minute video above, I discuss the 9 single key…

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Why I Don’t Use Global Sliders in Lightroom – Photography Article

When you use Lightroom, do you edit globally or locally? Many (possibly most) people use the global editing sliders liberally when processing an image. But landscape photographer Thomas Heaton‘s most recent video makes a good case for using mostly local adjustments and leaving those global sliders alone. In a video released this past weekend, Heaton shows his viewers how his Lightroom workflow has slowly but surely evolved to include only two or three global adjustments in total. Instead, he recommends…

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Instagram’s New Anti-Bullying Tools Let You Shadow Ban Rude Followers – Photography Article

Yesterday evening, Instagram announced two new anti-bullying features that it’s calling “two steps on a longer path” towards “leading the industry in the fight against online bullying.” The first feature—which has not been released to the public just yet—is the ability to shadow ban (AKA ghost ban) individual followers/accounts. Instagram is calling this feature “Restrict,” and it allows you to … well … restrict an account so that only you and that user will be able to see their comments…

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Bye Bye Camera is an iOS App that Says Bye Bye to People – Photography Article

If you’re tired of having people get in the way of a good photo, then this new iOS app called Bye Bye Camera may be for you. I don’t spend a lot of time with iOS photo apps, but this caught my eye for creativity and the technology used.  Point the app at a scene with some people, snap the photo, and after a bit of processing the people are gone. I’m sure most of us do this with our…

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Apple Can Automatically ‘Correct’ Your Gaze in Video Calls on iOS 13 – Photography Article

iPhone users who have been testing the latest beta of iOS 13 have discovered a strange new feature. It’s called “FaceTime Attention Correction” and it uses automatic image manipulation to “fix” your gaze while video chatting. The feature does exactly what it sounds like. Even though you’re looking at the screen, not the front-facing camera, the person on the other end of the video chat sees you making direct eye-contact. It’s a little bizarre, as Will Sigmun, co-host of The…

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Fstoppers Reviews Topaz Adjust AI: Does AI Really Help With Editing? – Photography Article

My colleague Ryan Mense just gave us the announcement from Topaz about their new AI based filters called Topaz Adjust AI, and I wanted to give them a try. I’m always conflicted about AI in photography, preferring to make my own adjustments. On the other hand, AI is getting better, and can sometimes give you a starting place from which you can adjust more. It also can draw new photographers into the beginnings of serious editing, and if these AI filters…

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Learn More With ACDSee and Their YouTube Channel – Photography Article

For many photographers, the Adobe software suite is the main suite they use for editing and to manage their content. Over the last few years, however, many creatives have become dissatisfied with the monthly subscription model that Adobe has now opted for. For this reason, many photographers have been looking for a viable alternative.  A great alternative to some of Adobe’s software is the ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2019. One of the great things about this software is that there’s no…

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A to Z of Photography: Image Stabilization and Into the Jaws of Death – Photography Article

This installment of the A to Z of photography begins with perhaps the most exciting photographic technology of the 21st century — image stabilization. This is followed by one of the most iconic photos of the 20th century — Into the Jaws of Death — which marks a tipping point in history. The I’s have it! Image Stabilization Image stabilization (IS) is one of those technologies that works tirelessly behind the scenes, operating at the lowest hardware level of the…

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Loupedeck+ Now Works with Adobe Camera Raw – Photography Article

Loupedeck has announced that it’s popular photo editing console is now compatible with Adobe Camera Raw. Photoshop integration was previously launched in late 2018. “The Camera Raw integration provides more flexibility for Adobe users, allowing them to bring some of the basic features to the Loupedeck+ and increase functionality with Photoshop,” Loupedeck says. Things that can now be done with the Loupedeck+ in Adobe Camera Raw include categorizing photos (with stars and colors), editing raw photos and making all basic…

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iPadOS Finally Makes iPad Worth Considering for Professionals – Photography Article

After a few compatibility and speed tests, for the first time, I will be leaving my laptop behind when I go on a seven day trip out of the country later this month. It’s all thanks to iPad’s new iPadOS, which this year will provide support for external drives and a group of other pro features we’ve been starved for since the iPad first came out. The latest operating system for Apple’s iPad was renamed iPadOS (from iOS) to separate…

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One Practice You Should Steal From Airplane Pilots – Photography Article

Pilots have to juggle a number of responsibilities, in high stakes situations. They rely heavily on one tool to help with all their tasks, one which you should be using too. While photographers and videographers aren’t typically in the same high stakes situations as pilots, a mistake like a wrong camera setting or forgotten piece of gear can easily derail a shoot. To help reduce the chances of this happening, you should get in the practice of creating some basic…

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This Camera App Erases the Humans in Every Photo – Photography Article

Want a fast and easy way to shoot photos in without pesky humans ruining the scene? There’s a new iOS app called Bye Bye Camera that automatically removes humans from every photo you snap. Bye Bye Camera is an art project by artist Damjanski and the collective Do Something Good. “The app takes out the vanity of any selfie and also the person,” Damjanski tells Artnome. “I consider Bye Bye Camera an app for the post-human era. It’s a gentle…

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Topaz Adjust AI Is a One-Stop Shop for Vivid Photos – Photography Article

The latest Topaz Labs release to leverage the power of machine learning is Adjust AI, a photo editor that can automatically bring out color and detail in your images. Topaz Labs calls Adjust AI a photo editor “created for everyone.” They believe professionals will have use for it in speeding up workflows to cut through many images that need to be processed, and beginners will be able to achieve results that surpass their own ability in photo editing. Adjust AI…

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New Technology Can Detect Photoshopped Fakes, Even Reveal the Original Images – Photography Article

Photoshop is arguably the most powerful tool at a photographer’s disposal. And like many powerful tools, it can be used for either good or harm. The good news is that technology has recently been developed to counter nefarious and sneaky image manipulations. Adobe and the University of California Berkeley have teamed up to develop new software that detects facial manipulations that have been implemented on images by Photoshop’s Face Aware Liquify tool. In a study, both humans and AI and…

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Are Apple Computers Really Safer Than Other Alternatives? – Photography Article

Well that depends on the device you compare it too and just what you are protecting it from.  The reality is MACs are technically safer if you are comparing them to Windows devices and it comes down to two basic reasons. However, it is for these two exact same reasons that Chrome Books are even safer than Macs. So I guess it’s time to update those Mac vs PC commercials, Google.  As Linus from Techquicke explains in this video a…

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Adobe Lightroom Lands in Apple’s Mac App Store – Photography Article

Adobe Lightroom is now available through Apple’s Mac App Store. It’s the first major Adobe Creative Cloud app to be made available in the app store, which was revamped when Apple launched macOS Mojave last year. The app is the new cloud-based Lightroom, not the popular desktop/laptop-centric app that was formerly known as Lightroom before being renamed to Adobe Lightroom Classic. Lightroom is a free download from the Mac App Store and is included in your plan if you subscribe…

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

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…

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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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How to Light and Edit a Classic Portrait – Photography Article

ACDSee recently asked to sponsor a video where I use their new Photo Studio Professional software. I thought it would be fun to do an entire portrait session from start to finish.  My buddy Nick Milak currently has a glorious full beard and I thought he would be a great model for this shoot. I asked Nick to show up with a few different coats with large collars. I wanted to create something that looked like a classic painting/portrait.  Gear Used FujiFilm…

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Autofocus Calibration Software Reikan FoCal Version 2.9 Released – Photography Article

Reikan has released FoCal version 2.9 which brings many new improvements and an almost fully rewritten code to the autofocus microadjustment software. One of the main drives for the major software rewrite was to become compliant with future macOS updates for Apple computers that will require all apps to use 64-bit architecture. Not all changes were under the hood, however, and FoCal has some UI improvements to show more information about the connected camera and even support for dark and…

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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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DJI’s Most Unique Product Yet – Photography Article

We currently know DJI as one of the leading drone companies in the world. Recently, DJI has been releasing consumer products like the Osmo Pocket and Osmo Action, but their latest product is called the RoboMaster S1. For those that don’t know, DJI is a Chinese-based company who hosts RoboMaster out in Senzhen, China. This is one of the largest robotics competitions around the world and where DJI got the inspiration to create their latest product. RoboMaster S1 is an educational robot…

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How to Recover Deleted Photos and Videos from Cameras – Photography Article

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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