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Apple Acknowledges An iPhone 5 Camera Issue

Apple Acknowledges An iPhone 5 Camera Issue | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Over the past few days, iPhone 5 users have been reporting a "purple haze" prevalent in photos.

The issue is officially described as, "a purplish or other colored flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture."

Apple does not officially acknowledge that the issue is specific to the iPhone 5, instead it suggests that users reposition their camera when taking a photo.
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Moon over the Crest

Moon over the Crest | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Canon EOS60D + 70-200 f/4 L - Serre Chevalier Valley, French Alps

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Proud of this one

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Hikers Walk on Crystal Clear Ice in Slovak Mountains

Hikers Walk on Crystal Clear Ice in Slovak Mountains | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Tomas Nunuk, from Bratislava, Slovakia, was hiking through the High Tatras Mountains with a friend on November 30 when they decided that the snowy conditions made it a bad idea to continue on their pl...
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Walking on clearest ice in the world...
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A George Lucas Version of the 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer

A George Lucas Version of the 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Melbourne, Australia-based filmmaker Michael Shanks (previously) has created a "George Lucas Special Edition" of the newly released trailer for Star Wars Episode VII.
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May George Lucas be with you! After Lego, another great tweak of #StarWars7Teaser
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Google Set to Lead Huge Investment in Magic Leap and Its "Cinematic Reality"

Google Set to Lead Huge Investment in Magic Leap and Its "Cinematic Reality" | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Sources say Google is leading what could be a $500 million funding round for the Florida-based company; Andreessen Horowitz may be one of the other investors in the consortium. Magic Leap already announced $50 million in funding earlier this year.

Google, Andreessen Horowitz and Magic Leap reps declined to comment.

Aside from a few cryptic interviews and press releases, Magic Leap has kept a low profile until recently, but it has drawn increasing interest from Hollywood and Silicon Valley. CEO Rony Abovitz, who previously co-founded a surgical robotics company that sold for $1.65 billion, has said the company is working on “what we believe will be the most natural and human-friendly wearable computing interface in the world,” but has kept it mostly behind wraps.

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Still nothing to see for now from "cinematic reality" except dollars pouring in. Maybe a Star Wars hologram might come out.

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Iconic Portrait Photos Throughout History Recreated with John Malkovich as the Subject

Iconic Portrait Photos Throughout History Recreated with John Malkovich as the Subject | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Upon first glance, the photo above looks like Dorothea Lange’s iconic Migrant Motherphoto captured in 1936. Then you realize that the woman in the frame is definitely notFlorence Owens Thompson, the woman in the original image. Looking a more closely, you start to notice an uncanny resemblance to actor John Malkovich.

Turns out that is John Malkovich you see. American photographer Sandro Millercollaborated with the actor to recreate some of the most famous portraits captured throughout history. The project is titled, “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”

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Amazing photographs about being John Malkovich (or vice versa)

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Hong Kong in the 1950s captured by a Teenager

Hong Kong in the 1950s captured by a Teenager | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
These stunning photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s are captured beautifully by a teenager. It’s was the teenager Ho Fan who arrived from Shanghai in…
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See Classic Artworks Come To Life In Spellbinding "Beauty" Video

Animator and filmmaker Rino Stefano Tagliafierro has always found the intensity of the emotions he encounters through classical paintings unmatched by other artforms. And when he sat down to craft his latest short film, Beauty, he sought to convey the emotional impact of that artwork on him to an audience who might not be otherwise moved.

"The idea of Beauty is born from the desire to (convey) the main emotions that every person encounters throughout his life path," says Tagliafierro. "Classical art has always attracted my most intense emotions, so I decided to (let it) represent them."

The resulting project, Beauty, is a tour through the human life cycle--from birth to death--that draws on those classical paintings to tell that story in an absorbing way. By adding subtle animation to the artworks he chose, Tagliafierro actively depicts the motion that's only ever implied in the original pieces. The result is a stunning, haunting series of moving images that makes the work feel alive in different--often surreal--ways.

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Interesting artistic angle and amazing result on most processed paintings. Definitely worth a look.

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We put Instagram's Hyperlapse app to the test in Times Square

We put Instagram's Hyperlapse app to the test in Times Square | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Instagram has a new app out. It's called Hyperlapse and promises to help iPhone owners shoot smooth, professional-grade video clips. You can speed them up and make time-lapse footage, or chose a slower pace to see Instagram's special image stabilization algorithms in action. To keep things steady, Hyperlapse relies on your iPhone's gyroscope rather than searching for traditional scene references like angles and high contrast tracking points. Having to compute all that information would murder your battery, and turning to the hardware's existing sensors is a clever way of avoiding the hassle. Best of all, everything's done through an incredibly simple user interface. There are no accounts to set up or sign into. Not an Instagram user? It doesn't even matter.

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Wondering whether Instagram only got "inspired" by Microsoft Research's demos at Siggraph a few weeks ago, or if there are deeper "similarities" beyond Instagram releasing an iOS "flavor" of Hyperlapse... (see http://sco.lt/91e8vp)

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This ultra-rare, insanely cool 1200mm f/5,6 USM Canon lens could be yours… for just US$165,000!

This ultra-rare, insanely cool 1200mm f/5,6 USM Canon lens could be yours… for just US$165,000! | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Is your camera bag too light? Do you often find yourself wishing you could see clean into next week? Well, now you can solve both problems at one fell swoop, for a snip at the price of £99,000 (US$165,000 or thereabouts).…

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Helluva Lens ...

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Apple Dumps Aperture, iPhoto in Favor of Photos App

Apple Dumps Aperture, iPhoto in Favor of Photos App | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Apple is streamlining its photography-software options. The company said on June 27th that it will stop development of its professional photo-editing OS X title Aperture in favor of the newly announced Photos software, which will be available for both OS X and iOS 8. You won't get updates or bug fixes beyond the current version of Aperture.

According to The Loop, the Photos app will also take over iPhoto, Apple's existing consumer-level photo editor, to give users a more seamless experience across devices. Photos is expected to launch with iOS 8 and on OS X early next year. It will store all the pictures you've taken into iCloud so you can retrieve them wherever you are.

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Looks like Aperture users might have to get progressively ready to Yet Another Migration of their pix and (more important IMHO), the corresponding metadata, whether they stick to AppleDom or migrate to AdobeDom...

(and now we understand why iPhoto and Aperture converged in terms of library structure a while ago)

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Linx Computational Imaging Mobile module combines cameras

Linx Computational Imaging Mobile module combines cameras | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The image quality of mobile cameras has reached a dead end,” claims LinX Computational Imaging. So, of course, they say they have a new route, by developing miniature multi-aperture camera modules.

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Reminds me of Pelican imaging in a way. At some point they were supposed to cover the back of your smartphone with an array of  lenses...

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You Will Never Trust Your Brain Again After Experiencing The Following Optical Illusions

You Will Never Trust Your Brain Again After Experiencing The Following Optical Illusions | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Our brains have developed incredible tactics and coping mechanisms to help us make sense of the complex world around us. But some parts of our highly adaptive minds aren't perfect and can be exposed through carefully crafted illusions. 

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Great mashup of some very familiar (yet still enjoyable) and other unexpected optical illusions that either fool our mind, or expand it (look at the BW pictures where we tend to recreate colors)

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This Cheesy Video Was The First Upload On YouTube 9 Years Ago Today

This Cheesy Video Was The First Upload On YouTube 9 Years Ago Today | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The very first video on YouTube was uploaded on April 23, 2005, by Jawed Karim, one of YouTube's founders, and there's no chance the video would've gone viral today.

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Where a near decade looks like a half century

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How I Upload My Photos to Facebook or The Photographer's Guide To Photo Formats For The Web | Fstoppers

How I Upload My Photos to Facebook or The Photographer's Guide To Photo Formats For The Web | Fstoppers | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
Facebook receives (no joke) well over 100,000,000 image uploads per day. I'll pause a second to let that sink in. 100 million photos. Every day. And that figure is likely quite a lot higher. So it is no stretch to imagine that Facebook has some pretty significant file serving and capacity concerns regarding images. Therefore, when the average Facebook user (who is usually not a photographer) starts to upload their vacation snapshots at full resolution (because of course they would), the Facebook system kicks in to resize and compress these images immediately upon upload. This function can reduce the overall size of a batch of full resolution, minimally compressed images by as much as 99%, helping file storage and data hosting considerations across the board for Zuck & Co. This works just dandy for 99% of Facebook users because 99% of Facebook users just want their friends to see that they were drunk as a skunk in Bermuda, and how funny that snapshot is. Quality of said drunk image is irrelevant to these 99%, so the image gets uploaded and shown on feeds, the user who posted it is pleased, and Facebook saves a crapchunk of data capacity. Remember, Facebook is simply a website, and web standards apply across the board.
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Insightful tutorial on web image formats and how to maximize photo quality on Facebook.
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Adobe to Acquire Fotolia: Adds Stock Content Marketplace to Creative Cloud

Adobe to Acquire Fotolia: Adds Stock Content Marketplace to Creative Cloud | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Adobe today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Fotolia, a leading marketplace for royalty-free photos, images, graphics and HD video, for approximately $800 million in cash. Fotolia will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud, providing current and future Creative Cloud members with the ability to access and purchase over 34 million images and videos, significantly simplifying and accelerating the design process.

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@Fotolia valued by @Adobe at $23,5 per photo or video...

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30+ Must-See Historic Moments In Photographs

30+ Must-See Historic Moments In Photographs | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
The photograph precipitated a dramatic change in how we perceive history. Amazing historic photos, like the ones in this list gathered by Bored Panda, can make it seem like you were standing right there during that historic moment.
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Definitely worth a look if you long for a 5 min peaceful and inspiring moment in your busy day

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Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision | TechCrunch

Qualcomm Quietly Acquires AI-Based Image Recognition Startup Euvision | TechCrunch | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Another acquisition in the area of image recognition technology, and another exit for a European startup to a U.S. giant. Qualcomm has acquired Euvision Technologies, a specialist in image recognition applications powered by artificial intelligence, originally spun out of the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Its first publicly released app was Impala — an app for iOS and Android that essentially “reads” and organises photos on your phone into different categories (we reviewed it here) — without needing to work in the cloud. That app, at the time of writing, still appears to be live.

Neither Euvision nor Qualcomm itself have made any announcement of the acquisition directly, although the latter company’s investment arm, Qualcomm Ventures, has tweeted the news (Euvision was a 2014 finalist in Qualcomm Ventures’ seed funding competition, the QPrize). The acquisition is reportedly worth “tens of millions” according to the Dutch blog Startup Juncture.

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In a foggy cloud age, local image processing seems to still make sense

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The FBI's facial recognition system is here

The FBI's facial recognition system is here | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
As of today the Federal Bureau of Investigation's new biometric database is fully operational. Called the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System, the database will collect fingers prints, palm...
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Scientists reconstruct speech through soundproof glass by watching a bag of potato chips

Scientists reconstruct speech through soundproof glass by watching a bag of potato chips | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Your bag of potato chips can hear what you're saying. Now, researchers from MIT are trying to figure out a way to make that bag of chips tell them everything that you said — and apparently they have a method that works. By pointing a video camera at the bag while audio is playing or someone is speaking, researchers can detect tiny vibrations in it that are caused by the sound. When later playing back that recording, MIT says that it has figured out a way to read those vibrations and translate them back into music, speech, or seemingly any other sound.

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Throw your bag of chips before engaging in a confidential conversation. And avoid any line of sight.

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"Spooky" Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects

"Spooky" Quantum Entanglement Reveals Invisible Objects | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The images, of tiny cats and a trident, are an advance for quantum optics, an emerging physics discipline built on surprising interactions among subatomic particles that Einstein famously called "spooky."

A conventional camera captures light that bounces back from an object. But in the experiment reported in the journal Nature, light particles, or photons, that never strike an object are the ones that produce its picture.

"Even other physicists say 'you can't do that' at first, but that is quantum behavior for you, very strange," says Gabriela Barreto Lemos of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna, Austria, who led the study.

A 2009 University of Glasgow experiment with a divided laser beam first demonstrated such "ghost imaging." But experts say the new technique, which uses two laser beams of different colors, offers new visualization advantages.

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"The two-color advantage is a cool idea," Lett says. "It happens a lot in imaging that the best wavelength of light for a probe is not the one that makes for the best picture. You can imagine tuning light colors like this to get the best advantages of both."

In particular, the experiment's approach could create images in visible light of objects that normally can be seen only under infrared light, says quantum optics expert Miles Padgett of Scotland's University of Glasgow, who headed the 2009 "ghost imaging" experiment.

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As Einstein himself said, this is "spooky" indeed

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Microsoft’s awesome Hyperlapse tech finally makes first-person GoPro videos watchable

Microsoft’s awesome Hyperlapse tech finally makes first-person GoPro videos watchable | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it
At Siggraph 2014, Microsoft Research has unveiled Hyperlapse, an ingenious algorithm that will actually make you want to watch first-person GoPro footage. Hyperlapse scans through hours of video footage, reconstructs the physical path that you took in 3D, and then generates a super-smooth 10x-speed hyperlapse video that is immensely watchable (it's a lot like a video game, in fact). Really, watch the videos below - I guarantee they'll be the coolest thing you see today.
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The folks at @MSFTResearch have done a helluva job, Hyperlapse looks to me like "Photosynth, meet video"...

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Super Typhoon Neoguri as seen from ISS is humongous !

Super Typhoon Neoguri as seen from ISS is humongous ! | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

“Supertyphoon Neoguri is ENORMOUS” says Alexander Gerst, ESA’s German astronautcurrently serving aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as he observes the monster storm swirling below on our Home Planet.

“Watch Out Japan!” added Gerst while he and his crewmates working aboard the ISS send back breathtaking imagery of the gigantic super typhoon heading towards Japan.

Neoguri is currently lashing the Japanese island of Okinawa with powerful damaging winds of over 125 mph and heavy downpours of flooding rain.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC reports that Neoguri is creating large and dangerous swells with wave heights to 37 feet (11.2 meters).

CNN reports today, July 8, that over 600,000 people have been told to evacuate and over 100,000 already have no power. Gusts have reached 212 kph (132 mph),

“Supertyphoon Neoguri did not even fit into our fisheye lens view. I have never seen anything like this.” Taken from the ISS on 8 July 2014. Credit: ESA/NASA/Alexander Gerst
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Amazone images from the ISS, and Interesting comments.

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Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Here's how he conducted his experiment.

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Both fascinating and entertaining to discover what happens when a Dutch "light chaser" inspires a "DIY kind of guy" 350 years later.

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New version of MagicPlan mobile app streamlines creation of accurate floor plans

New version of MagicPlan mobile app streamlines creation of accurate floor plans | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

The app, which debuted in 2011, now allows users to create a floor plan for a home in as little as 15 minutes by tapping into their mobile device’s accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and camera, said Pierre Gaubil, Sensopia’s co-founder and CEO.

To build a floor plan, users stand in a central spot in each room and rotate, tagging each corner of the room and noting the location of doorways.

The app also allows users to overlay features like electrical outlets, furniture, and home accessories like fans and mirrors on the floor plans. Plans can then be shared via the Web or through files formats like JPEG, PDF or DXF, a file format used by computer-aided design (CAD) applications.

Before the latest update, less than half of MagicPlan’s users were able to create a floor plan because they lacked the patience or were unable to follow instructions, Gaubil said. In addition to making the app easier to use, Sensopia also made it more tolerant of user error.

 

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I've used the app a few times over the past 4 years and each time  I must admit that 1/ the app has constantly progressed and 2/ it is a smart use of your smartphone.

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Apple just hired one of Nokia's PureView camera experts

Apple just hired one of Nokia's PureView camera experts | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

Now that Nokia is out of the smartphone game, many of its key staff are undoubtedly considering their options. Senior Lumia engineer Ari Partinen, who Nokia calls "(our) own camera expert" has just made his choice, and it's not Microsoft. He tweeted that he'll be "starting a new chapter in Cupertino," then confirmed that his new boss is indeed Tim Cook.

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Eye-Fidelity, meet 41 MegaPixels :-)

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Lytro’s Magical DLSR Lets You Refocus Photos After You Take Them | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Lytro’s Magical DLSR Lets You Refocus Photos After You Take Them | Gadget Lab | WIRED | pixels and pictures | Scoop.it

With the Illum, Lytro is targeting a more specialized market. In addition to the 8X (30 – 250mm) zoom lens, it has a constant f/2.0 aperture, 1/4000 shutter, and a four-inch backside touchscreen display. According to the company, the new sensor can capture 40 million light rays (Lytro doesn’t list megapixels) to the original’s 11 million. Its desktop processing software works with traditional products, like Adobe’s Photoshop and Apple’s Lightroom. Photographers can use the camera’s software to refocus pictures after the fact, generate 3-D images, adjust the depth of field, and create tilt shifts. It will be available in July for $1,500.

 

Beyond its lens and bigger sensor, there are other ways the Illum surpasses Lytro’s original model. For example, because it’s such a different concept than most photographers are accustomed to, the camera has built-in software that color codes the display with depth information. It effectively previews the depth range you’ll have to work with once you shoot a photo. This, Lytro says, is to help photographers start to think in three dimensions. Afterwards, photographers can export the images to traditional formats, or thanks to WebGL, publish them online in ways that let people interact with them and manipulate them later.

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Before it was : point, focus, shoot. Now it will be : point, shoot, and let the viewer refocus wherever afterwards. This change in photography 101 basic steps has yet a price : $1500. Who's in ?

(still waiting for a demo of what the HTC One can apparently do in a more limited way)

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Amazili's curator insight, April 22, 10:22 AM

Une nouvelle façon de travailler se fait jour, on prends un maximum de matériaux, et on retravaille tout ça en agence