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Vivo’s New Concept Phone Features a ‘Gimbal-Stabilizing’ Camera

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The Chinese smartphone company Vivo has unveiled its new APEX 2020 5G concept smartphone. It’s a device that comes with a number of interesting photography-related features, including what the company calls a “gimbal-stabilizing camera.” The back of the phone features a relatively thin dual-camera setup. The first is a 16-megapixel ...

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Photography as a Zen Art

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Sometimes you know about two things in completely different parts of your brain, and then one day, for no reason, you put them together and your head explodes — a cascade of understandings like the last scene in “Usual Suspects”. After 40 years of taking pictures, that happened to me. ...

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Facebook Now Lets You Turn Any 2D Photo into a 3D Image Using AI

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Facebook just expanded 3D photo posting to phones that don’t actually capture depth data. Using the magic of machine learning (i.e. artificial intelligence), Facebook taught a neural network how to “infer 3D structures from 2D photos,” even if those photos were taken with a single lens camera. The announcement was ...

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Video: Making Renaissance-Era Varnish for Wet Plate Photography

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Wet plate photography master Markus Hofstaetter—a frequent guest author on PetaPixel—recently embarked on another photography experiment. Using pebbles of sandarac resin, he made his own Renaissance-era varnish for his finished wet plates. Sandarac was used to make the original varnish. Sandarac varnish was popular in the Medieval period and especially ...

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