The scientists of Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany have developed a new algorithm. It enhances low-res images so that they miraculously become hi-res and sharp. It only needs a single low-resolution input, and it will increase its resolution while retaining the realistic textures and details.
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No matter what the platform, the Internet is plagued with a common problem. Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or a regular old fashioned forum on the web, trolls are everywhere. They have nothing better to do than try to mess up the day of other people. They’re the largest collective source of negativity on the Internet, and countless hours are wasted every day manually trying to thwart them.
This Wired interview with Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom, they think they’ve found an answer. Instagram believes that the future for fighting trolls lays in artificial intelligence. A piece of software designed to detect the troll comments and remove them before they’re ever seen. The goal is to produce a much more pleasant community in which Instagram users can exist and converse.
We have shared plenty of great ideas for making your own DIY ring light. Now, another cheap and quick solution comes from The Lighting Channel. They have shared a tutorial on making your own ring light using only three items, and it’s all done in a couple of minutes. And it’s not only quick and easy to make, but the components will cost you less than $20.
Lighting yourself up for self portraits can be a lot of fun. You get to experiment, try different things, and if it looks silly, nobody ever has to see it. Or, perhaps looking silly is the whole point, in which case you should probably put it on Facebook. But trying to recreate certain looks and moods isn’t always that easy, especially if you’re not used to lighting yet.
This video from The Lighting Channel shows ten different ways to light yourself for a selfie, and the moods they suggest. And even if you don’t use the lighting on yourself, they can be great inspiration for using with other subjects on a shoot.
A few decades ago, it was impossible to imagine a camera without film. It was also hard to imagine a gadget such as a smartphone. Now, these two are merged together and becoming better and better all the time. But what would happen if you took away the camera from a smartphone, but still be able to take photos with it? A theory is that this could be awaiting us in the future, thanks to the artificial intelligence. The endgame for cameras in the future could be having no camera at all.
Stock photo search engine Everypixel is a tool that should make the quest for perfect stock photos easier. But what’s even more interesting is their tool called Everypixel Aesthetics. It uses neural networks to tell you how “awesome” your photo is.
According to the developers, this tool sees the beauty of stock photos in the same way as humans do. So before you buy a stock image or upload one of your own, you can run it through this quick test and see what neural network has to say about it. I tested it out, and the results were surprising, to say the least.
Adobe has been experimenting with new features and algorithms lately. They have recently tested a solution that applies the style of one photo to the other. But this new feature could be groundbreaking for all the selfie lovers out there.
In their latest video, they offered a preview of the future of selfie photography using artificial intelligence and deep learning. It suggests that in future we may be able to create pretty decent portraits from not-so-good selfie snapshots.
Neural networks, deep learning, artificial intelligence, whatever term you prefer seems to be a very hot topic lately. Every couple of weeks there seem to be new developments to show off what it can do. We’ve seen CSI-like enhancements, facial recognition that can see through obscuration, converting 2D to 3D and plenty more. This one, while it might initially seem quite gimmicky, is actually pretty cool.
Research Engineer Roland Meertens has been working with neural networks and the Nintendo Gameboy camera. His goal is to produce photorealistic results from 190×144 pixel images produced by the Gameboy Camera. Released in 1998, it became the world record holder at the time for the “smallest digital camera”. You could also get a little printer to go along with it. It was a very cool toy for its time, but it wasn’t exactly broadcast quality.
Have you ever thought about what exactly is a selfie? Of course, we all know it’s a photo you make of yourself. But is there something more? Can a selfie become more than just a snapshot for remembering the moments or fishing for comments? A research from Sony Mobile shows that selfies might become much more than they are now. They may become applicable in banking, shopping, healthcare and many other situations.
Sony Mobile and Futurizon conducted a research and surveyed 6,500 European consumers in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. The results show that the consumers are ready to embrace a selfie as a tool in plenty of situations. They see a “vast number of potential applications” of selfies in the next five years.
One question I’ve been wondering to myself is this: is it better to have plans and goals in our photography, or to have none?
Should we just harness our spontaneity in the streets when making images, or have some concrete plan? Should we plan for the future? Should we expect things to go to plan? Should we have goals in our photography and life?