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Unbelievable New Camera Technology Erases People in the Background of Your Pictures

14 Feb

Unbelievable New Camera Technology Erases People in the Background of Your Pictures.

We’ve all been there. You’re setting up a shot that perfectly frames your friend against the background but as you snap your picture the people in the background start moving around and mess it all up. The picture is ruined, your friend looks like a bobbing ocean buoy amongst a sea of people and you hate everyone.

Well, Scalado fixes this with a new camera technology that can fix that all too common situation, it’s called Remove.

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Apple has a “sweep” panoramic (think Taylor Swift commercial) feature for iPhones… and it’s already on your iPhone! Hit the jump to unlock.

8 Nov

iOS (Jailbroken): Apparently, Apple was testing a panorama mode feature for the iOS 5 camera, only to leave it in test mode for the actual release. All you have to do to enable it is to jailbreak your phone (instructions here), then find the Firebreak app in Cydia. Once installed, just follow the on-screen instructions to make a panorama picture.

Keep your expectations in check, though; Apple may have kept it out of the release for a reason.

Enable iOS 5s Hidden Panorama Mode on Your Jailbroken iPhone with Firebreak.

Ever wonder why you look prettier in some photos and uglier in others, even with the same smile and the same lighting? It’s all about the camera lens.

7 Nov

 

It’s all about the lens distortion (which is also affected by the subject’s distance to the camera). Lenses make the world look different than it does through your eyes. They bend light rays, capturing the scene within a certain field of view into a limited bi-dimensional frame: the photograph. Depending on the lens’ focal length, the image will deform more or less, affecting how faces and objects look in photos.

You can see how the deformation works in this Eastwood’s series, who took the same photo with a wide range of optics, going from a 350mm to 19mm. Eastwood moved the camera to frame the subject in exactly the same position so you could clearly see the effect.

The shorter the focal length, the more field of you view you can capture. With something like a 15mm fish eye lens or the 19mm that Eastwood used, the effect is really obvious. Your face would be extremely deformed, like the rest of the environment. But as you go up, the distortion gets more subtle. Sometimes this distortion can make a face prettier than it actually is. Sometimes the effect makes a face uglier. Since this subtler distortion is not obvious, your mind just buys the image thinking that this is what the person looks like.

The same happens with larger focal lengths. At 350mm there’s also a distortion of reality: the face of the model becomes flatter and wider.

In theory, shooting with something like a 135mm would produce the best, most accurate results, but there’s no right or wrong here. It depends on your subject’s anatomy. That’s why some people are “photogenic” with certain cameras and at certain angles, and look horrible with others.

If you pay attention, you can really observe this effect in everyday photos taken with cellphones and compact cameras. You can even see it without even changing the lens focal length. While taking photos with my iPhone on a recent trip, placing some people on the center of the frame made them look better, especially from a distance. Then, as I moved them to the sides of the frame, they looked sightly different. The distortion is more obvious near the sides, and it was enough to make them less attractive. The funny thing is that the contrary happened with me: I looked better on the sides than on the center. Or maybe it was just that I had a horrible hangover the whole trip.

via This Image Shows How Camera Lenses Beautify or Uglify Your Pretty Face.

Teechy.com is OFFICIALLY open for business! Prices for PC/Mac Tune-Up & Optimization = $9.95. Best Buy charges $50.

6 Nov

Teechy.com is now open for business!

Computer Tune-Up & Optimization to Make Your Computer Faster

Best Buy charges $49.99 (plus tax) at the minimum for this exact service.

Teechy charges just $9.95 (plus 7% tax).

  • Cleans up temporary files, startup files, and registry entries
  • Gets rid of hidden adware, malware, and spyware
  • Assesses your anti-virus definitions and status
  • Offers FREE 30-Day Anti-Virus Installation
  • Eliminates files that have been fragmented (Defrags your PC)
  • Updates your Mac or PC with critical updates from Apple and Microsoft, respectively.

For just $5 more, Teechy will install Anti-Theft software to protect your computer from theft. Because no one should ever have to deal with a stolen computer.

  • Installs Anti-Theft software to protect your computer and files and to track your computer to recover it immediately. (*Must select the Standard w/ Anti-Theft Software Installation package)

For more details, visit: https://www.teechy.com/prices.html

Or, make an appointment for your repair/service @ https://www.teechy.com/appointment.php

For $400 HPs TopShot Printer Is All That and a 3D Scanner

3 Nov

A great way to spruce up your Etsy product page is with 3D models of the items. But, problem is the process of generating these models can be prohibitively time- and money- intensive. HP’s new TopShot printer aims to change that.

In addition to pulling normal multifunction printer duties like copying and faxing, the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro can also scan small, 3D objects. It employs a camera embedded at the end of an folding arm that takes six shots—three with flash and three in ambient light—then combines them into a seamless high-resolution picture. Included editing software automatically removes the background leaving just the product and integrated Internet connectivity allows for immediate upload to the web without a computer intermediary.

The TopShot retails for $400 with both its functionality and price aimed towards smaller businesses that may not be able to afford a traditional product shoot setup. This could definitely be a boon for Etsy artists and eBay sellers, but does the inclusion of 3D models really influence one’s purchase decisions, at least enough to warrant an investment of four Franklins?

via HPs TopShot Printer Is All That and a 3D Scanner.

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