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How Humans Are Teaching Computers To See and Understand Photos

Three year old children can make sense of what they see in photos and describe them to us, but even the most advanced computers have historically had difficulties with that same task. That’s quickly changing though, as computer scientists are developing powerful new ways to have computers identify what a photograph is showing.

The video above is a new TED talk given by Fei-Fei Li, a Stanford professor who’s one of the world’s leading experts on computer vision. She talks about her revolutionary ImageNet project that has changed how computers “see.”
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The University of Texas to Create Thousands of Insect Macro Photos for the Public Domain

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A team at the University of Texas is set to create thousands of macro photographs showing the beauty and diversity of the smallest critters in the state of Texas. Every one of the photos will be released to the public domain, allowing anyone to do anything with the photos without charge (or even permission).
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Deal Alert: Sony Shuttering All But Two of Its Physical Stores, Offering Big Discounts

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Sony is making big restructuring moves in order to increase profitability, and one of the big changes has been closing its inefficient physical retail stores. 26 of the stores were closed in 2014, and now the latest word is that in addition to closing all of its shops in Canada, Sony will be pulling the plug on 8 of the 10 remaining US locations.

If you’re a photographer who shoots with Sony, you might want to keep an eye on any Sony store near you: you could find it filled with heavily discounted photo gear.
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Make a DIY Compact Camera Using Raspberry Pi

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Raspberry Pi project platform PiJuice is currently raising funds for its portable module on Kickstarter. As a demo of its capabilities, the team has created a step-by-step tutorial showing how the product can be used to build a DIY Raspberry Pi compact digital camera.
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The Mirrorless Party of 2015: A Fun Stop-Motion Look at the State of the Industry

Back in 2012, The Camera Store released a lighthearted stop-motion video of mirrorless cameras attending a party. It reflected the state of the industry at the time — particularly how the Canon EOS M was late to the game and how it had a painfully slow autofocus system.

The video above is a followup: it’s shows the mirrorless party of 2015 and offers a witty look at how the camera industry landscape has changed over the past three years.

Chinese Official Busted for Corruption Related to His Love for Photography

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As China expands its anticorruption initiatives, quite a few government officials have met their political demise through being caught in a wide range of unethical behavior. One of them, a politician named Qin Yuhai, was busted under different circumstances than most: his corruption was related to his love for photography.
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Eerie Photos of an Abandoned NASCAR Speedway

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The North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina was home to top NASCAR races from when it opened in 1949 through when it closed in 1996. It reopened briefly in 2010 but was shuttered again in 2011. Since then, it has been lying dormant as investors and businesses sort out the fate of the historic racetrack.

Photographer Seph Lawless recently paid the track a visit, capturing what the location currently looks like years after it was bustling with racing fans and speeding cars.
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Iconic Space Photos Are Actually B&W: Here’s How NASA Colorizes Hubble Shots

Did you know that the Hubble Space Telescope is only able to capture black-and-white photos? In order to capture a maximum amount of information in their space photos, NASA captures multiple black-and-white images using different filters in the camera. These images are then combined in post to create the iconic color photographs that you see published by the space agency.

The video above shows how NASA goes about colorizing the photos by compositing the individual shots.
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Portraits of New Mothers With Their Day-Old Babies

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For the past five years, portrait photographer Jenny Lewis of Hackney, London, has been finding and photographing new mothers with their newborn babies within 24 hours after childbirth.
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I Found Photos by the Man Behind Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ in a London Junk Shop

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Peter Fordham was a British photographer best-known for his music work in the 1970s. If you own a copy of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, his second solo album, you’ll be familiar with his work. Fordham was the photographer who took the picture of Lennon, sat at his white piano with a pair of headphones on, at Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park home where the 1971 album was recorded. It’s a classic of rock music photography, Lennon singing into a hard black mic set against a stark white room, and was included as a fold-out poster in the album.
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