An App For A ‘Perfect’ Selfie According to University of Waterloo, Canda

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Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo have developed a smartphone app that helps people learn the art of taking great selfies.

Inside the app is an algorithm that directs the user where to position the camera allowing them to take the best shot possible.

Selfie’s have increasingly become a normal way for people to express themselves and their experiences, only not all selfies are created equal,” said Dan Vogel, a professor of computer science at Waterloo. “Unlike other apps that enhance a photo after you take it, this system gives direction, meaning the user is actually learning why their photo will be better.

In developing the algorithm, Vogel and Qifan Li, a former Master’s student at Waterloo, bought 3D digital scans of “average” looking people. They took hundreds of “virtual selfies” by writing code to control a virtual smartphone camera and computer-generated lighting which allowed them to explore different composition principles, including lighting direction, face position and face size.

Using an online crowdsourcing service, the researchers had thousands of people vote on which of the virtual selfie photos they felt were best, and then mathematically modelled the patterns of votes to develop an algorithm that can guide people to take the best selfie.

They later had real people take selfies with a standard camera app, and an app powered by the algorithm. Based on more online ratings, they found a 26 per cent improvement in selfies taken with Waterloo’s app.

This is just the beginning of what is possible,” said Vogel. “We can expand the variables to include variables aspects such as hairstyle, types of smile or even the outfit you wear.

“When it comes to teaching people to take better selfies, the sky’s the limit.

Vogel and Li recently presented the work in Edinburgh, Scotland at the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems.

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Mobile Photography & Art – My Top Five Post Processing Apps’ by Philippe Schlossberg

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We are revitalising our Top Five Apps section to our Photo App Lounge column. This a section within TheAppWhisperer where we ask highly accomplished mobile photographers and artists to list their top five apps and to explain why they have … Read more

Mobile Photography & Art Flickr Group Showcase – 16 July 2017

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Seduction has its own narrative and this weeks mobile photography and art showcase is arranged accordingly. How far you can go is a question in art, as in life and in mobile art life, there’s no limit.

It’s been said that the art of seduction is rarely seductive but this of course depends on your own view, function before fantasy or vice versa. In England, a psychological study revealed the secret that it’s said history’s greatest seducers have known all along, a sense of humour. Particularly and most likely biased, a British self-deprecating humour apparently.

The most important thing is not to take ourselves too seriously, outlaw pomposity and self importance and cosy up with the real raw seduction of this showcase. Enjoy!

If you would like your work to be considered for entry into our weekly Mobile Photography and Art Flickr Group, please submit it to our dedicated group, here. If you would like to view our previous Flickr Group Showcase (please go here).

Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week:

Jason Roberts, Paul Yan, Vadim Demjianov, Christine Mignon, Riamolde, Armineh Hovanesian, Lorenka Campos, Clint Cline, borisbschulz2009, Kathryn, Janice Grinsell, Poetic Medium, Nick Kenrick, jillian2 (Jill Lian), Christine Sobczak, Michael Brunsfeld, Kerry Mitchell, Sheldon Serkin, Hanni K, Susan Rennie, Gabriele Rodriquez, Matt DeVore, Roger Guetta, Nancy McClure, Karen Axelrad, TheiPhoneArtGirl (Meri Walker), Gialuca Ricoveri, Tomaso Belloni, Amy Ecenbarger, Liliana Schwitter.

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (586) via Instagram

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Here’s day five hundred and eighty six of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we will be selecting one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer

Today, we congratulate @laurence__bouchard – L a u r i e,  with this breathtaking image.

Please view more of his images here.

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

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‘Brought To Light’ – Mobile Photography / Art Interview with Jane Schultz from Pennsylvania, US

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Our ‘Brought to Light‘ interview section explores the mobile photographers and mobile artists behind their art. Each question has been carefully crafted and is designed to allow us to get to know them a little more intimately. To view others … Read more

Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (585) via Instagram TheAppWhisperer

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Here’s day five hundred and eighty five of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we will be selecting one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram with this hashtag … Read more

Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (571) via Instagram TheAppWhisperer

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Here’s day five hundred and seventy of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we will be selecting one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer

Today, we congratulate @katyochaya – Haya Nir Rsa_mystery, with this stunning image.

Please view more of her stunning images here.

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

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Mobile Photography Interview – A Day in the Life of Kristie Benoit from Culpeper, Virginia, USA

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Welcome to our very exciting interview column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting, newcomers as well as accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people that we think you will love to learn more about. This is our 138th interview of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here.

Today we are featuring a highly accomplished mobile photographer, Kristie Benoit, we have long been admirers of her work.  You will love this!

If you would like to take part in our A Day in the Life interview series, please send an email to myself at Joanne@theappwhisperer.com and I will get back to you.

Contact Details:

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Flickr

Facebook

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Mobile Photography – Now Available: The ExoLens Case for iPhone 7

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ExoLens has announced the retail availability of the ExoLens Case. This ultra-durable, dual layer case allows photographers and cinematographers to use the ExoLens PRO with Optics by ZEISS mobile photography lenses they love, while protecting their devices from drops and scratches while they shoot. Designed with high-end aesthetics and impact-resistant materials, the clear ExoLens Case serves as a low profile, highly protective solution designed to show off your iPhone, even without the lenses. The ExoLens Case is available for $49.95 at Exolens.com and select camera specialty stores globally.

Many of our customers use our mobile accessories to shoot beautiful images in adventurous locations, where drops and scratches are common. The availability of our new ExoLens Case means they can enjoy professional-grade mobile lenses, without the risk of damaging their phone,” says John Fellowes, Chief Executive Officer of Fellowes Brands. “We believe that protecting our customer’s phones while they shoot will give them the freedom to capture even more exciting imagery.

The ExoLens Case will allow users to easily switch between ExoLens PRO lenses with Optics by ZEISS, which are designed for professional photographers and journalists, as well as the prosumer photographer looking to create unique, and artistic snapshots. The clear case also provides protection for the iPhone 7, without hiding the aesthetic of the phone. The ExoLens Case is currently available for the iPhone 7, and will become available for the iPhone 7 Plus later this year.

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