Our phone cameras are getting better and better, and AI has been all the rage in photography lately. Google wants to bring AI lighting to your photos and help you relight your images after you’ve taken them. To train the algorithm, Google used an impressive rig with 64 cameras and 331 LED lights, and judging from the demos, the results are pretty awesome.
Google recently announced they were killing off free storage for Google Photos from June 1st, 2021. A lot of people haven’t been happy with Google’s track record on moves like this, and have been seeking alternatives.
Many users assumed that any images already there would remain safe, but it seems not. Google has started emailing some of its Gmail, Drive and Photos users to let them know that their content may soon be deleted without warning or permission. Like the new Google Photos restrictions, these new policies also come into effect on June 1st, 2021.
Along with the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 announcement, Google is making some changes to its photo editing methods. The company has introduced a design framework that will make photo filters and enhancements automatically disabled. This way your phone won’t make you “more beautiful” by default anymore, and it’s all a part of the efforts to improve your mental health rather than your selfies. [Read More…]
AI just gets weirder and weirder. And creepier. Researchers at the Allen Institute for AI have published new research which builds on OpenAI’s GPT-3 machine learning tech to generate images from scratch based just on the captions of photos.
It’s kind of the reverse of what Facebook does when you upload a photo to the platform and it generates captions. Here, you feed it captions and it generates the photo.
Google is launching a new feature that will make photographers really happy. When you specify license information for your photos, they will have the “Licensable” badge on the thumbnails in Google Images. This way, people will know that the image is available for licensing (and no, it’s not free just because it’s on Google). There will also be a link to license details in the Image Viewer, so people can learn how they can buy and use your photo.
Google Lens has a bunch of interesting and helpful features, from identifying your pets in photos to translating text from them. And now Google Lens is about to introduce a new feature that could be a double/edged sword. It could help your kid learn and understand math, but also do quite the opposite and just solve the problem for them.
The speed of information flow on the Internet is a double-edged sword. While it lets us get informed about anything in no time, it also helps fake news spread like wildfire. This is why Google has joined the battle against doctored images. From now on, Google will fact check all the images you search and let you know if they’re fake.
This is an awfully frustrating time for wildlife photographers right now. And anybody who has kids. You’re stuck at home, can’t go anywhere, can’t do anything, can’t see anything interesting. Well, Google has the answer – augmented reality.
Google’s mobile search has a feature which allows you to search for an animal which can then be placed into your environment using your smartphone’s camera and augmented reality. It even appears to pick up on the ambient lighting and be able to apply it in realtime, too.