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Photography

The Most Narcissistic Website Depicts Nothing but Selfies

selfeedThe unrelenting wave of mobile self-portraiture is here in the form of a website dedicated to the praxis of selfie-ism. Go there and you, too, can experience the humanity of selfies, streaming faster than lolcats on caturdays.

Created by artists Tyler Madsen, Erik Carter, and Jillian Mayer, the Selfeed, first premiered at the Utah Museum of Fine Art this past January. The museum has this to say about the universal, collaborative art project: Read more

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New Flickr App Update Comes With Live Video Filters

Shall we say, put a filter on it? The latest update from Flickr lets users take videos with live filter previews. Flickr also gives users 1,000 gigabytes of free storage, so you’ll have an unlimited amount of space in the cloud to dream up all of your photos, and now, videos.
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Google Camera Brings Lens Blurring Manipulation to Mobile Photography

DSLR cameras are, for the most part, bulky but beautiful machines for capturing what our eyes see. They also give photographers a chance to manipulate the perception of distance, and that’s a feat mobile photography is about to accomplish.

Yesterday, a Google Camera was released, and with it, the ability to manipulate lens blurring, also known as the bokeh effect. With a small amount of blur, a photo can look real, like how the human eyes view the world. With a lot more bokeh, a photo can look miniature, fake, animated even – like those tilt-shift images that makes cities appear as miniature universes.

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Lovelist App Lets You Add Real World Items to Pinterest Boards

For those who are wholly obsessed with Pinterest, you might be lost while window shopping in real stores. That is, until now, because we’ve discovered an iPhone app that will allow you to pin real-life products to your boards just by scanning the item’s bar code.
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Exclusive: Interactive Image Comparisons Between Various Smartphones and DSLR Cameras

headerToday, we’re looking at photos taken by various smartphones and DSLR cameras in a 10 scene interactive comparison for your visual judgment. The shots were taken both using natural and indoor lighting as well as in wide and macro shots. Just use the tab next to Choose Photo Type to switch between photo scene types:

For our comparison, we chose the most recent top-line smartphones from the largest manufacturers. Included was the Apple iPhone 5s, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Sony Xperia Z. The DSLR we used for this test was a Canon 5D Mark II coupled with a Canon EF 24-70 lens. Read more

Pinterest Acquires Image Recognition Startup VisualGraph

visualgraphlogoLet there be Pins! Pinterest just acquired VisualGraph, a natural partnership intended to improve image discovery on the social photo site, Pinterest.  Since exploring mobile ads, Pinterest has been using image matching technology to pair ads and images in a seamless experience for users – something that may be crucial to the site’s long term ad-focused monetization strategy.

To imrpove their content, the company can now use newly acquired VisualGraph’s image search capabilities, something that founder, Kevin Jing and David Lieu have worked on with Google, prior to creating his own startup. Read more

Point-and-Shoot: How Digital Photography is Impairing Our Memory

food instagramA memory is a treasured piece of our personal experience that’s often endangered by the tool that’s supposed to help us capture those memories – digital cameras. According to recent research from Psychologist Linda Henkel of Fairfield University, digital cameras are actually diminishing our ability to remember things, just like digital phones are helping us to forget phone numbers.

In her museum experience, Henkel was able to test the memory of museum goers by giving them a list of artifacts and shoot digital cameras. Those who photographed the entire painting was less likely to remember the work of art, but those who shot detailed photos were more likely to remember a lot about the photography subject. Read more

Portable Printer Prints Smartphone Photos like Polaroid

The Impossible Project would prefer to call their printer a portable photography lab, but it’s really a fancy photo printer that mimics the vintage flair of instant Polaroid prints. The Impossible Project’s “lab” is actually a smartphone scanner –  it takes photos of your smartphone’s screen and transfers the images to a film and paper that looks exactly like Polaroids. All you need is about 30 minutes, the scanner, the film, and the app.

The Impossible Project first introduced the idea via Kickstarter in September of 2012, not long after the group acquired the very last Polaroid factory: Read more

Lonenote, a Charming Photo App for Sending Handwritten Notes

catPhoto apps, you’re never going to stop hearing about new ones, but from time to time, there’s one that brings charm and appeal in the form of something personal. That’s why we love Lonenote, it’s a great way to mark your photos with your own handwriting, scribbles, or just a mark.

To make your own Lonenote, just take a photo, leave your note using your hand, and then share it anonymously. The makers think the app is the perfect way to memorialize quiet, peaceful moment when you’re alone, but we think it’s great for sending a special thought to someone on your mind.  Read more

Website Uses Facial Recognition to Photoshop Instagram Selfies With Nicolas Cage Faces

The weird part of the internet is full of Nicolas Cage, but it’s likely to be full of selfies, your’s included. It’s Called Feeling Cagey?, and it’s full of creep factors. First, the website is not an Instagram approved app. It’s just a robot that seeks out Instagram photos with faces, then replaces the faces with a Nicolas Cage Face. The stream is constantly filled with new material from unknowing users, which is why they disappear after 5 minutes.

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