Colorizing a black and white image in Photoshop requires a huge amount of time, and not to mention that you need exceptional skill to do it. A year ago, Richard Zhang and a team at University of California revealed Algoritmia, an app that does it automatically. It was fun to play with it, but there was still plenty of room for improvement. Now, a year later, they have found a new approach. And this time, the results are way more impressive.
No matter if you shoot film or digital, I’m sure you have at least a few rolls of film lying around the house. Our parents and their parents used film, and many precious memories are saved on it. So, if you want to revive the old memories or scan the film you shoot yourself, you may soon be able to do it with your smart device.
Abe Fetting is developing an app that lets you scan a roll of film with your smartphone and tablet. And in an instant, you have a positive image you can print or share on social networks.
Last week I took a gamble on the idea of quality over quantity. My Instagram was sitting at 6.6k followers, a number I’ve worked my butt off for.
To my frustration, I realized that my girlfriend was getting double my likes at a third of my following. After some more routing around, friends of mine were all getting 2,3 sometimes even 4 or 5 times my amount of likes with similar followers or less.
It’s not the likes that are important, but the engagement.
Photographers and videographers, regardless of their skill level, can have tons of gear. It’s not easy to keep track of it all, so Jared Polin, also known as FroKnowsPhoto, has created MyGearVault. This is an app that helps you input, organize and protect your gear in a simple and efficient way. You can keep track of all your photographic gear for any purpose – business, personal or insurance. It makes it easier and less time consuming to organize the gear and always have a clear insight what you own and how much it’s worth. It’s useful for photographers and videographers, regardless of their skill level and the amount of gear they own.
Yesterday afternoon I noticed that my Twitter and Instagram feeds were humming with curiously styled selfies that slimmed faces, lightened skin, and applied a veneer of gloss and sheen that supposedly turned the selfees into animé-like characters. The transformations were courtesy of a Chinese app called Meitu that had suddenly become the height of fashion. I thought Meitu did a fantastic job of producing the archetypal Widow Twankey, so while I wasn’t desperate to have a go myself, I could understand why people were enamoured with it and enjoying a giggle.
Human trafficking is undoubtedly a huge problem on a global level. There are many organizations trying to solve it, and now there’s an app that helps all of us join this fight. TraffickCam is an app that allows users to contribute to the database of hotel rooms all over the world. All you need to do is snap a few photos of the hotel rooms in which you stay on your travels.
But how does this help? Well, sex traffickers make their victims pose in the hotel rooms for advertisements. The database of hotel rooms can help investigators determine where exactly the photos were taken. This way they can track down the traffickers, arrest them and save the victims.
As life is quickly becoming busier and busier for me I’ve had to find solutions to be able to work on the go and with that, naturally comes sacrifice.
I opted for a Surface Pro 4 and an iPhone 6sPlus for my “Travel kit” and with the Wi-Fi abilities of the Sony A7ii it makes for a versatile set of tools that can cover a range of operating systems / platforms and quickly allow me to output some high quality material.
Two years ago, Apple ditched its photo-editing app iPhoto for the redesigned and newly-named Photos app. As part of that transition, the Cupertino-based company announced its new Photos app would support third-party extensions to help make it more powerful and customizable for users.
Known photo app developer MacPhun recently decided to take advantage of this new functionality with its app Filters for Photos. Now, along with the app, MacPhun has announced that it will include 30 free filters to go along use inside the app. [Read more…]
Today, Adobe quietly launched an update to its Photoshop Mix and Fix iOS apps. Along with the updates come a collection of new features and tools to help streamline mobile photography workflows. [Read more…]
File this under non-essential-but-interesting news.
Reports are coming out that Instagram is potentially looking at implementing a black and white design throughout the entirety of their application. [Read more…]