Our buddies over at Pop Photo just posted their first impressions of the newest beta version of Photoshop, CS6. Looks like a pretty big update to CS5, both in front of and behind the scenes--it's got a healthy charcoal background, plus a lot of features that might make Photoshop less threatening to the beginner, like an improved auto mode, more work in content-aware tech, some basic drag-and-drop video editing capabilities, and some nice lens blur effects (like a tilt-shift simulation). And all of that comes with a healthy boost in speed. Read more about it at Pop Photo.
Magazine images are so heavily retouched nowadays that the models hardly look human at all, with absurdly flawless skin and unrealistic body shapes that drive equally unrealistic expectations. It’s so unbelievable, and so potentially damaging to readers’ self-perception, that even the American Medical Association has condemned preposterous postproduction retouching.
A simple programming tool can build a model of a scene in a two-dimensional photograph and insert a realistic-looking synthetic object into it. Unlike other augmented reality programs, it doesn’t use any tags, props or laser scanners to model a scene’s geometry — it just uses a small number of markers and accounts for lighting and depth. The result is an augmented scene with proper perspective, which looks so realistic that testers could not distinguish between an original photo and a modified one.
By Robin RowePosted 06.21.2011 at 12:50 pm 6 Comments
For all its virtues, digital photography has yet to correct one age-old weakness: If you blow the focus, you've most likely lost the shot. An emerging lens system, known as plenoptics, will change that. The product of more than a decade of research from Adobe and institutions including Stanford and Indiana universities, plenoptic cameras capture multiple focal settings in one snap, so users can refocus after the fact. The German-made Raytrix R11 is the first mass-produced plenoptic camera available in the U.S.
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Photographer shoots and assembles an entire day of skies
By Caitlin KearneyPosted 04.26.2011 at 10:51 am 3 Comments
Amateur photographer Chris Kotsiopoulos created this continuous image of the sky over Sounio, Greece, a town near his home. Late last December, he recorded the sun's path across the sky during the day and an 11-hour star trail at night.
When it comes to complex games like chess, computers can compete with the world's best humans. But complicated jigsaw puzzles have largely had computers stumped -- until now.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team has set a new world record for a jigsaw-puzzle-solving computer algorithm. The software solved a 400-piece puzzle in three minutes, New Scientist reports.
Getting rid of annoying lens flares or an unwanted tree in Photoshop could get much less tedious with a new "content-aware fill" tool. Adobe's sneak preview of the feature shows how formerly painstaking retouch jobs becomes as easy as watching a progress bar do its magic within seconds.
In the hope of combating anorexia, 50 members of the French Assembly have proposed a bill that would require magazines to label any portraits that have been digitally altered. They claim that slimmed-down pics of celebs lead to anorexia in young women looking to attain unrealistic body sizes.