If you're a professional photographer who assumed that slapping an obtrusive watermark across your work would protect it from being misused online, Google has some bad news for you. A team of researchers from the company has found a way to automatically and perfectly erase the watermarks used by popular stock photography organisations.
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Motion control rigs capable of repeatedly recreating smooth, controlled camera movements usually cost tens of thousands of dollars, and they require trained operators to set up and use. But Edelkrone's new SurfaceONE costs just $US690 ($874) and apparently can be configured in just a few minutes using a smartphone app as a remote control.
Professional photographers often spend hours painstakingly perfecting their images in Lightroom and Photoshop before sharing them with the world. But researchers at MIT are promising similar results generated so quickly that your smartphone can correct and retouch a photo before you've even taken it.
The debate over whether photography can be truly considered an art takes another weird turn as the winner of a photo contest in Australia took home a $20,000 prize for what is essentially a blank photograph covered in scratches and spit courtesy of her grandmother.
It might seem like photographer Mike Olbinski is always at the right place at the right time to capture Mother Nature's fury. But for his latest film, Pursuit, he says he actually spent three months driving across 10 states to capture this amazing timelapse footage, chasing storms and weather patterns for over 45,062km.
Video: Despite an endless list of fascinating and destructive experiments you can try, microwaves should really only be used to heat food. Not lightbulbs, not highlighters, and definitely not an airbag from a car. Unless you have a high-speed camera to record the microwave's door turning into a high-speed missile.
Video: Drop a lit match in water, and it will immediately be extinguished. But model rocket engines, made mostly of potassium nitrate, sulphur and charcoal, will burn all the way through even when completely submerged. As this high-speed footage reveals, to test a rocket engine's apathy to H2O, you'll want to find something stronger than a glass fish tank for your experiment.
It's been a rough few years for photographer David Slater, the disputed owner of those monkey selfies from 2011. Slater found himself in an interesting legal quandary after his ownership of the famous photos was disputed by the likes of PETA and even Wikipedia. Now, Slater is apparently struggling financially, the costs of the ongoing court battles all but draining his coffers.
Image Cache: The iPhone has long been, and will likely remain, the gold standard in smartphone photography. There are better cameras on some Android phones, sure, but the iPhone has one thing that others don't: a community. The iPhone Photography Awards' winners have been announced, and Australia's done pretty well for itself.
Our smartphones boast some pretty impressive cameras, but they're far from perfect — especially where zoom is concerned. But, instead of forcing yourself to lug around a beefy DSLR for those long-range shots, you can improve your phone's zoom potential with the 8x Telephoto Smartphone Lens.
Even with all the advances in digital photography, Photoshop is just as important a tool as it every was. If you can snap a great image that needs minimal editing, awesome, but if you want to give yourself as many options as possible, you're going to want keep a foot in the world of electronic paintbrushes.
Video: If the internet has taught us anything, it's that everything is cooler in slow motion, and bigger is always better. So if you're going to the trouble of making a monstrous water balloon measuring 1.8m across, you better make sure you get some awesome high-speed footage when the whole thing goes kaboom.
OK, so technically they're not GIFs, but "cinemagraphs", short, seamlessly repeating videos. Either way, these incredible loops of dramatic waves from Ray Collins and Armand Dijcks are endlessly soothing. Just watch and watch and watch and forget that the Earth will soon be one giant ocean.
Few cities represent the remarkable 20th century trend of skyscraper-filled, obscenely dense cities better than Hong Kong. At its height, The Kowloon Walled City, which was demolished in 1993, was perhaps the most dystopian portrait of urban living. And according to photographer Andy Yeung, 21st-century Hong Kong isn't all that different.