Posts Tagged ‘research’

MIT Researchers Develop a Drone that Can Automatically Light Your Subjects for You

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A group of researchers from MIT want your next lighting rig to be autonomous and airborne. Set to be on display this August at the Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging, they’ve actually developed a drone that automatically and dynamically lights a subject (living or otherwise) for a photographer while he or she focuses on getting the shot. Read more…

New Chemical Iris Technology May Change the Way Smartphone Apertures Work

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As smartphones have gotten smaller and smaller, the need for the cameras inside of them to shrink has become more pressing. One area where there’s a lot of room for improvement is in the traditional mechanical aperture.

As we begin to hit the physical limit of the overlapping blades, researchers at the University of Kaiserslautern have designed an exciting new ‘micro iris’ that uses small chemical rings rather than a physical blades, dramatically shrinking the size of the aperture components in the camera. Read more…

Study Shows that Even Subtle Changes In Portraits Drastically Alter Our Perception

05-misleading-first-impressions-1.w1120.h1382-542x670A fascinating new study on the perception of profile photos reveals some very interesting (and perhaps a bit nerve-wracking) results: even the slightest of changes from one portrait to another can dramatically alter how people perceive you in that photo. Read more…

It’s Scary How Easily Photos Can Reveal Things They Weren’t Intended To

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If you regularly share snapshots of your life online, turning off geotagging isn’t a very reliable way to keep your location private. Everything seen in the photo — including faint reflections — can be used to figure out where you were with scary accuracy.
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In a Photo Rut? Stanford Study Finds That Walking Improves Creativity

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Feel a bit dry when it comes to being creative with your photography? Try taking a walk — or, more specifically, a photo walk. A study over at Stanford has found that walking around can give you a significant boost in creativity.
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Researchers Find a Way to Show 80 Years of Aging by Morphing a Single Photo

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In crazy-bordering-on-creepy-but-also-super-fascinating news, researchers at the University of Washington have found a new technique to simulate the aging process of human faces over the course of almost eight decades … using nothing more than a single photo. Read more…

IMGembed White Paper Claims that 85% of Images Shared Online Go Unsourced

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IMGembed, a start-up we initially mentioned just over a year ago, has just released a report they conducted that predicts that around 85% of the images shared online go entirely uncredited. Read more…

Innovate or Die: What Camera Companies Could Learn from a Vacuum Manufacturer

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In a short appearance earlier today in Japan, inventor and Dyson founder Sir James Dyson dropped a line that is worthy of its own headline and should be forwarded to every head honcho at every camera company in the world. According to Engadget, he said, “A company that doesn’t double its R&D team every two years, I think, is in trouble.” Read more…

Portrait Analysis Reveals That The Human Face Can Express At Least 21 Emotions

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How many human emotions can you capture on camera? According to a study by researchers at Ohio State University, the number is at least 21.
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GPixel Announces Huge 150MP Full-Frame Sensor for Medical and Scientific Use

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The technology that makes its way into the cameras and imaging tools used for scientific and research applications tends to be vastly different than what we have in our more consumer-oriented cameras. Proving just how different is GPixel’s new GMAX3005 sensor — a 150MP full-frame monochrome behemoth. Read more…