Mobile Photography – The Software behind the Cameras in Google’s Pixel Devices – Gcam

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A really interesting article by my friend and colleague, Lars Rehm in DPReview yesterday, links to a collection of stories about Google’s now independent X research division, known as the ‘moonshot factory’. These stories relate to the group’s graduated projects and where they stand today.

Rehm explains, “The blog post outlines how the Gcam team was set up back in 2011 to find a solution for the Google Glasses smart goggles’ most pressing challenge: providing a high-quality camera in a very small device. As using bigger hardware wasn’t an option, the Gcam team developed a method called image fusion, which uses multi-frame-stacking techniques to create a single, higher quality image with lower noise levels, better detail and increased dynamic range”

To read more about this, please go here.

Source: DPreview.com

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Instagram Mobile Photographers To Follow Now @kerenzayuen by TheAppWhisperer

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TheAppWhisperer.com is about nurturing mobile photography and mobile art as well as discovering new art,  photography and of course, artists. This new section is an area where we can really explore and identify new talent. We are paying attention and we hand-pick highly talented mobile photographers and artists from Instagram and present them here.

Today, we are featuring and not a moment too soon @kerenzayuen – Kerenza, a student based in Toronto, Canada. Please take a look below.

To follow this new series, please go here.

[Please visit our Artist Directory and find out how we can add you too!]

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Mostly Mobile Photography & Mobile Art – Tickle Your Fancy #56

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Welcome back to our fifty third post in our Tickle Your Fancysection. Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of between three to five links to articles from around the internet that have specifically interested us during the course of the week. Ones that we feel are relevant to your interest in photography and art.

Just to explain the title for this section ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ is an English idiom and essentially means that something appeals to you and perhaps stimulates your imagination in an enthusiastic way, we felt it would make a great title for this new section of the site.

Enjoy!

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LG, Huawei and Google Team Up – Introduce Two Nexus Phones and One Tablet

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Google made Android to be an open platform that anyone can build on, and today there are 4,000+ Android devices in all shapes and sizes. Android’s diversity is why it’s become the most popular mobile platform in the world, and the latest version, Marshmallow, takes Android to a new level of performance.

Today they are introducing the latest Nexus hardware, both running Marshmallow, sweetened by amazing apps and sandwiched by some cutting-edge hardware:

  • Nexus 6P is the first all-metal-body Nexus phone. Built in collaboration with Huawei, this 5.7” phone is crafted from aeronautical-grade aluminum, with a USB Type-C port for fast charging, a powerful 64-bit processor, and a 12.3 MP camera sensor with massive 1.55µm pixels (hello, better photos!). The Nexus 6P starts at $499.
  • You’re not the only one who misses your Nexus 5. We’ve joined forces with LG to bring it back with the new Nexus 5X, which gives you great performance in a compact and light package, with a beautiful 5.2” screen and the same 12.3 MP camera and Type-C port as the Nexus 6P. Nexus 5X starts at $379.

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New Photography App – Google Photos and It’s Amazing!

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Google Photos allows you to organise and store all of your images, across all of your devices for a lifetime, literally. They’re automatically backed up and synced, so you can have peace of mind that your photos are safe, available across all your devices.

With Google Photos, you can now backup and store unlimited, high-quality photos and videos, for free. They maintain the original resolution up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p high-definition for videos, and store compressed versions of the photos and videos in beautiful, print-quality resolution.

Google Photos automatically organizes your memories by the people, places, and things that matter. You don’t have to tag or label any of them, and you don’t need to laboriously create albums. When you want to find a particular shot, with a simple search you can instantly find any photo—whether it’s your dog, your daughter’s birthday party, or your favorite beach in Santa Barbara. And all of this auto-grouping is private, for your eyes only.

The app can also help you quickly enhance photos and combine them in new ways to help you relive your life’s moments. In one tap, get instant adjustments tuned to the photo’s color, lighting, and subject to make each photo look its best. Press the “+” button to create your own collages, animations, movies with soundtracks, and more.

If you swipe to the left, you’ll open the Assistant view, where we’ll suggest new things made with your photos and videos, such as a collage or a story based on a recent trip you took. After previewing the creation, you can choose to keep, edit, or discard it.

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iOS Photography App – Snapseed Brings Grunge Back!

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The previous update to Snapseed brought with it huge controversy as the Grunge effect had been removed. Well, now it’s back!  This update by Google to their uber popular photography editing app also adds selective advanced functions such as copy/paste and hide control points, improved look in HDR Scape, the saving option “Export” saves a new copy of the image without embedded editing information and some serious bug fixes.

Snapseed is free and of course this is a free update – click here to download/update.

The image below demonstrates the Grunge effect.

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Mobile Photography App – Snapseed – Updated – Complete Instructional Course FREE

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Snapseed has received a huge update with a good volume of new features for both iOS and Android versions. Google, who now own Snapseed, since they purchased it from Nik Software have also added a Stacking feature, allowing you to undo and re-edit any image. There are some great tools including Lens Blur, Perspective Transform and Spot Healing as well as that, there’s a new Brush tool and the UI has been completely and aesthetically upgraded.

Best of all Kelbyone have published a complete free course of this new version of Snapseed to help you become as one.  To view that, please go here.

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New iOS Photography App by Google – Photo Sphere Camera – Now Available

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Google have launched a brand new iOS Photography application called Photo Sphere Camera. Essentially, it allows the photographer to capture 360-degree images and publish them directly to Google Maps or other social networks. Panoramic apps or even the iOS ‘Pano’ … Read more

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