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Wednesday, 11 July

01:41

NVIDIA Unveils AI That Removes Noise, Grain, and Even Watermarks PetaPixel

NVIDIA has unveiled an impressive new AI that can automatically remove noise, grain, and even watermarks from photos. Whats even more impressive is the fact that its all accomplished without studying any examples of clean photos all the AI needs are examples of corrupted images.

The AI, developed by researchers at NVIDIA, MIT, and Aalto University, is different than how other state-of-the-art noise-reduction AI systems work.

Recent deep learning work in the field has focused on training a neural network to restore images by showing example pairs of noisy and clean images, NVIDIA writes. The AI then learns how to make up the difference. This method differs because it only requires two input images with the noise or grain.

Without ever being shown what a noise-free image looks like, this AI can remove artifacts, noise, grain, and automatically enhance your photos.

After training the AI on 50,000 photos you can read the technical paper here the AI was able to produce extremely impressive results.

Here are some before-and-after examples of noise and grain removal done by the AI:

In addition to nois...

01:04

Microsofts $399 Surface Go is the Smallest and Cheapest Surface Yet PetaPixel

Microsoft has just announced the Surface Go. With a screen size of 10 inches, a weight of 1.15lbs (0.52kg), and a price tag of $399, its the most portable and affordable Surface product the company has made.

The display of the Surface Go is a high-res PixelSense display thats supports the Surface Pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, low pen parallax, low latency, and precision (great for precise photo-editing).

The custom calibrated 3:2 display is soft on your eyes while youre working and vibrantly high-contrast when you want to watch videos, create art, or edit photos, Microsoft says.

Inside the Surface Go is a 7th gen Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y, a fanless design, and a battery that provides 9 hours of juice on a charge.

Our team worked closely with Intel to optimize power, performance, and battery for the most critical tasks people perform every day, Microsoft says.

The new Surface Go Signature Type Cover has ergonomic key pitch, exceptional key travel, high-precision tuning, a Windows Precision Trackpad that supports 5-point multi-finger gestures.

Microsoft has also announced a new Surface Mobile Mouse that can be connected to the Surface Go via Bluetooth (i.e. no dongle is needed).

Other specs and features include a built-in kickstand (that extends to 165 degrees), a Windows Hello camera, a Surface Connect port (for charging and docking), a USB-C 3.1 port (for data, video, and charging), a headphone jack, and a MicroSD card reader (for storage expansion).

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00:26

The Nikon P1000 Has a 24-3000mm Equivalent Lens PetaPixel

And you thought the Nikon P900s 83x zoom lens was impressive. Nikon has just announced the Nikon COOLPIX P100, the new undisputed powerhouse of superzooms. It packs a ridiculous 125x zoom lens that has the 35mm-equivalent focal range of 24-3000mm the most powerful range available in a compact camera.

The P1000 is the ideal companion camera for birding, sports, wildlife, and celestial-photographers seeking superior performance from extreme distances, Nikon says.

Inside the camera is a 16-megapixel back-side illuminated CMOS sensor that has an expanded ISO range of up to 6400.

The cameras lens uses ED and Super ED lens elements and features a variable aperture of f/2.8-f/8 through the zoom range. 250x Dynamic Fine Zoom gives the camera extra digital reach, allowing it to shoot up to 6000mm (in 35mm terms).

This powerful zoom range gives the P1000 the versatility to chronicle an adventure-filled vacation, capture a favorite ballplayer from the top tier of a stadium or fill the frame with celestial objects like the moon, that normally only a telescope could reach, Nikon says.

Heres what the Moon looks like when shot in 4K with the P1000 at 125x zoom:

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Tuesday, 10 July

22:10

New EOS M5 II will be announced at Photokina mirrorlessrumors

Image on top shows the current M5 I know you all want to hear more about the future new Canon Full Frame mirrorless. But CanonWatch reports that there will be a new EOS-M5 II APS-C cameras too: We got confirmation

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17:57

There is no typo error in that title: Nikon announces the P1000 with 24-3000mm lens! mirrorlessrumors

Nikon announced the new P1000 which features an impressive 24-3000mm zoom lens! You can preorder it for $996 at BHphoto. This is the press text: THE SUPERZOOM COOLPIX P1000 OFFERS AN ASTOUNDING 125X ZOOM TO CAPTURE YOUR WORLD AND BEYOND

The post There is no typo error in that title: Nikon announces the P1000 with 24-3000mm lens! appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

05:14

Instagrams Facade of the Perfect Life Has Made Us Lose Our Empathy PetaPixel

Last week, it was reported that 3 Canadian YouTube vloggers had died while swimming at the top of Shannon Falls in Squamish, British Columbia. The trio were part of content creation channel High On Life, which has a current following of 560,000 subscribers, and a further 1.1 million followers on Instagram. As the tragic news broke, so did the influx of comments across news sites and social media.

What should have been an opportunity for public unity and a shared value of life, soon became a shocking and inexcusable insight into how certain people view social media influencers.

They had it coming. Good riddance.

Over the past decade, social media has become the platform for the facade of a perfect life. People are obtaining thousands of online worshippers as they sell them beauty, lifestyle, experience, and adventure. Many attempt to recreate the life of those they have started to admire so much and the result of this is millions of social media accounts filled with avocados, tranquil landscapes, and professional looking photos of people lounging at home in their comfy clothes.

But with the so-called perfect life comes resentment. Resentment from those that feel they dont live in the same wonderful world, spared of sadness and pain, like so many influencers like to suggest they do. Jealousy begins to take over, as does the desire to see the image of perfection shattered into little pieces.

I read social media influencers and start to laugh.

The horrendous reaction to the death of Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper further highlights how detached society is becoming from reason, and more worryingly, empathy.

Ryker Gamble, Megan Scraper, and Alexey Lyakh. Photo by High On Life...

04:48

Wet Plate Photography Makes Tattoos Disappear PetaPixel

Heres something you may not have known about the 1800s wet plate collodion photography process: it can make certain tattoos disappear in photos. Its a curious phenomenon that photographer Michael Bradley used for his portrait project Puaki.

The idea was first sparked when I saw some wet plate collodion images from photographers around the world who had shot people with tattoos, Bradley tells PetaPixel. I had been shooting on the wet plate collodion method for a few months and was looking for a long-term project when I saw these images of people with tattoos and noticed that some faded away depending on the color of that tattoo.

I noticed that the green/blue shades looked like they were most likely to disappear, especially on someone with slightly darker skin, and this sparked the idea.

Bradley decided to focus his camera on the indigenous Mori people of New Zealand, whose traditional t moko tattoos have been making a resurgence.

T moko is different from ordinary tattooing because chisels (called uhi are used to carve the skin and opposed to using needles and puncturing. As a result, the skin is grooved rather than smooth in the tattoo areas.

Bradley realized that when photographs of traditional t moko were captured back in the 1800s, the tattoos themselves barely showed up at all and where therefore lost to history.

The wet-plate photographic method used by European settlers served to erase this cultural marker and as the years went by, this proved true in real life, too,...

04:18

A highway road in the Cascades. Billy Newman Photo

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03:55

Kanton DX35 is a Concept Machine for Easy At-Home Film Processing PetaPixel

One of the barriers to entry for people interested in trying film photography is the challenge of getting film processed. Finding a convenient lab can be tricky and pricey, and developing at home can be messy and laborious. Designer Thomas Mller thinks he has come up with a solution: an automatic film processing machine called the Kanton DX35.

The Kanton DX35 takes everything photographers use in the darkroom for film processing and shrinks it down into a tabletop machine thats about the size of a laptop.

Its a machine designed to support every step of the film development process without the photographer ever needing to be in the dark.

After shooting 35mm or 120 film, a photographer simply loads the film into the special film container used by the machine, which handles unwinding the roll in complete darkness.

Settings and controls are configured/operated through a dial and screen in the bottom left corner of the machine.

After specifying the type of film youre developing, the photographer starts the system and is guided through the process.

The photographer pours each chemical into the film container, and a countdown on the screen shows how much time is remaining the bath is done. The Kanton DX35 precisely controls the temperature of each bath and handles film agitation for consistent results.

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02:52

This Underwater Short Film Was Shot on a Bare iPhone PetaPixel

London-based filmmaker Frederic van Strydonck made this creative short film titled Spltch, which teleports the viewer to different locations through taking dips below the waters surface. Everything was shot with an unprotected iPhone X.

I recently decided to see how an iPhone would fare when filming underwater, Van Strydonck tells PetaPixel. The series of tests slowly became this weird little experimental short.

I didnt use any special waterproof casing for this. Just an iPhone.

But before you try, know that the iPhone X isnt designed to be used underwater. Its tested to be water-resistant when submerged at a depth of 1 meter or less, but Van Strydonck didnt push it too far with his camera: his iPhone X was never fully submerged, as he only dipped the top caption portion underwater during the course of filming.


Credits: Directed by Frederic van Strydonck, sound by Nigel Woodford and creative producer was Andrei Grigore

02:34

These Photos Were Printed with Cake Frosting on Watercolor Paper PetaPixel

There are quite a few unusual photo printing ideas that have emerged over the years, but photographer Lawrence Sumulongs latest technique is one of the sweetest weve seen literally. For his project Lacuna, Sumulong printed his photos on edible frosting layers designed for use on cakes.

The frosting is then transferred onto fine art watercolor paper and distorted with water and paintbrushes.

Lacuna charts my travels throughout the historic sites and landscapes of Maui looking for scenes and moments that represent the social realities and tensions that run through the island, Sumulong tells PetaPixel. The fact that Maui is a stock honeymoon destination called to mind weddings and wedding cakes. It was from there that it made sense to print on something edible since so much of this experience was about how we consume culture.

The photographer says that the look of his prints was inspired by gum bichromate print, an alternative process that produces a painterly quality that hes fond of.

Sumulong is a Filipino who was born and raised in the US mainland, and he says his choice of using frosting is also a gesture to the resource (sugar) that the first wave of Filipino immigrants labored to cultivate.

A single locked gate encloses an open field on the Keanae Peninsula, which was created from lava flow originating from the Haleakala Crater. The stone church in the background was built in 1856 and is the only remaining building after the devastating tsunami of 1946 that killed 24 people. Now, the area is a popular pit stop where tourists can buy banana bread during the famous Road to Hana. A tourist watches a Filipino timeshare worker carry an industrial sized c...

02:07

Godox Unveils the AD400Pro 400Ws All-In-One Flash PetaPixel

Godox has just announced the new AD400Pro (also called the Flashpoint XPLOR 400PRO TTL), an all-in-one outdoor flash that sits between the pint-sized AD200 and the heftier AD600Pro.

The AD400Pro features 400Ws of power, a guide number of 72 (m, ISO100), 9 steps of power output (1/256-1/1), and a 0.01-0.9s recycle time. Color temperature is 5600200K, and stable color temperature mode keeps changes within 75K throughout the entire power range.

Powered by a 21.6V/2600mAh lithium battery path, the AD400Pro can put out 390 full power flashes on a single charge. You can also power the flash using an external power source.

The AD400Pro has Godoxs 2.4G wireless X system built in and is compatible (supporting 1/8000s high-speed sync) with TTL systems from major camera brands, including Canon E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL autoflash, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, and Panasonic.

A specially designed Godox accessory mount with a replaceable adapter ring allows a wide range of accessories and modifiers to be used.

A provided Bowens-mount adapter ring allows Bowens accessories to be compatible, and other adapter rings for other brands are available as well (e.g. Broncolor, Profoto, Elinchrom).

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01:42

New Nikon Full Frame specs rumors mirrorlessrumors

The new Nikon Full Frame mirrorless camera is rumored to have same #SonyA7 size but with better ergonomics. Imagine a mirrorless DF! #nikon #nikonistas #nikonmirrorless #nikonphoto #nikongear #sonyalpha #sonyalphagear A post shared by NikonMirrorless (@nikon_mirrorless) on Jul 8, 2018

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01:11

Sigma Bokeh Master 105mm f/1.4 Art vs. the 85mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/1.8 PetaPixel

Sigma has been crushing the competition with its Global vision line up. The combination of no-compromise image quality and a fair price is creating havoc in the Canon and Nikon camps. And the recent launch of Sony E-mount lenses will surely disturb Sonys first-party glass business (and will also drive Sonys mirrorless business by providing true 3rd party lens support).

In 2013, I bought my first prime lens, a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 art, and to this day it never leaves my camera bag. Since then, I have added Sigmas 85mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/1.8 into my arsenal.

A couple of weeks ago, I was eagerly waiting for the postman to deliver my newest toy. Around noon I heard a knock on the door and it was the UPS guy with my package from Adorama. As soon as I opened the box, I knew it was no toy this lens, the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 means business.

First, lets get this out of the way: this lens should be nicknamed Bokeh Monster instead of Bokeh Master. This lens is huge not quite the...

00:23

Turkish Photographer Beats Up Groom at Wedding Over Child Bride PetaPixel

Turkish wedding photographer Onur Albayrak is being hailed as a hero this week after the photographer admitted to beating up a client when he learned that the mans bride-to-be was only 15 years old.

Hurriyet Daily News reports that Albayrak had been hired to photograph the July 5th wedding at Turgut zal Nature Park in the eastern Turkish province of Malatya. On the day of, when he noticed that the bride-to-be didnt look like an adult, he asked the groom her age and learned that she was only 15.

The groom had come to my studio some two weeks ago and was alone, Albayrak tells the Daily News. I saw the bride for the first time at the wedding. Shes a child, and I felt her fear because she was trembling.

Albayrak then reportedly refused to continue as the wedding photographer and attempted to stop the wedding.

I cant take pictures of a child bride, Albayrak reportedly told the client, who angrily argued that Albayrak was bound by their contract to shoot the wedding.

The argument soon turned physical when the groom attacked him as he was attempting to leave, Albayrak says. The photographer ended up breaking the clients nose in the fight, according to local reports.

Albayrak confirmed the reports in a Facebook post, which has been met with widespread approval, attra...

Monday, 09 July

19:22

First leaked picture of the DJI Mavic II mirrorlessrumors

Dronedj.com shared this first picture of the DJI Mavic II. And writes: Improved form factor The new Mavic 2 drone is sleeker and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, something we expected all along. At the same time, it is

The post First leaked picture of the DJI Mavic II appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

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