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


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


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


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


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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