Adobe changes time, removes haze

adobe demoes haze

adobe demoes haze

The latest update to Adobe’s Creative Cloud did not provide any of the eye-catching new photo-editing features the company debuts every year or two — but that doesn’t mean more new tricks aren’t in the works.

At its recent conference Adobe showed it could alter the apparent time at which a photo was captured. The Defog demo automatically cuts down on environmental haze that sucks out contrast and saturation in objects that are far away from your camera, reports Popular PhotographyThe full story is here.

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PMAN PMApodcast_100pxPhoto Finale spun-off from Lucidiom a year ago. In September 2014, the original company declared bankruptcy, so we spoke with co-founder Steve Giordano Jr. about what lead to the birth of each firm, where things stand in the photo output business today, and how you can better employ analytics and targeted marketing in your own business.

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Thousands of private photos hacked



It was bad enough when a few famous celebrities had their private photos stolen and publicized — but now apparently hackers are preparing to do the same to thousands of would-be anonymous users of the Snapchat instant communications app.

Business Insider reports “a giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years…”

Reportedly the “” service that allowed users to receive photos and videos and save them online. (Wait, isn’t that alone completely opposing the point of Snapchat and its instantly self-destructing images?) The article alleges “the site was quietly collecting everything that passed through it, storing incriminating Snapchats on a web server, with the usernames of senders attached.”

The full story is here.


Ricoh’s latest rough cam adds WiFi

Ricoh wg30w

Ricoh wg30wThe latest “adventure-proof camera” from Ricoh Imaging adds WiFi connectivity and smartphone interoperability.

“Designed to capture outdoor activities effortlessly, the WG-30w has a durable construction and a variety of outstanding features that make it ideal for those with an active lifestyle,” the company says.

The camera is waterproof down to a depth of 40 feet, shockproof from a 5-foot drop, crushproof against 220 pounds, and coldproof down to -10 degrees C.

The $300 camera has a back-illuminated 16-megapixel sensor, and six macro lights around the lens to illuminate any subject. The “Handheld Night Snap” mode automatically captures four images of the same nighttime scene and produces a single blur-free composite image from them.


HTC’s tube-like camera

htc RE

htc RE

While HTC invites you to “Step out from behind the viewfinder and focus on the moment, not on your camera,” its new camera would mandate you have to do just that — as it lacks a viewfinder.

The RE is billed as a “remarkable little camera,” and the company says it “applies HTC’s innovative touch and stunning design philosophy to break into a completely new product category and reinvent photography to suit current and future trends… Once people get a RE in their hands, they won’t want to put it down.”

The RE has a 16-megapixel sensor and a 146-degree wide-angle lens. It has WiFi to send photos through a paired mobile phone, and it’s also waterproof without needing an additional case. It will sell for $200.

The “minimalist cylindrical design… fits naturally and comfortably in the palm of your hand,” HTC adds, and the grip sensor “instantly activates the camera as it’s picked up, eliminating the need for a power button.” The large shutter button captures photos with a tap, and videos with a longer press.

The company is betting that “For the moments that really matter, you want to be at the heart of the action, not peering through a lens.” But given that anyone can, y’know, choose not to look through the viewfinder while shooting with the camera or phone they already have  (I’ve done it that way often) it begs the question of what this design offers apart from no framing the shot when it is important you get it just right — and no checking immediately after to ensure it exposed and focused correctly.

There’s more information here.


Unveiling imaging apps

Mobile Photo Connect

Mobile Photo Connect

Seventeen mobile photo app developers will debut their work at the Mobile Photo Connect conference in San Francisco next week.

Among the start-ups will be Applied Recognition, AtomKnows LLC, BeFunky, CanvasPop, Eversnap Pro, Joindrop – Onepastfive GmbH, Krome Photos, Looksery Inc., MailPix, Orbeus, PhotoGurus,  Pixicle, Quirl, Sky Mobile Technologies, Takes Inc., Taopix Ltd, and Walgreens.

The conference says more than 130 photo app developers, imaging companies, mobile vendors, and other industry participants from Asia, Europe and the Americas will attend.

The announcements will include face recognition technology, iOS native photo book creation and ordering, event photography, photo auto-matching, real-time face perfecting and transforming effects, and more.

PMA is the media sponsor for Mobile Photo Connect, an executive conference focused on promoting innovation and partnerships in the mobile photography ecosystem. The event will be held October 15, 2014, at the Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco.

There’s more information here.


Image sensor may be 12x more sensitive

12x sensor

12x sensor

Better than the human eye? That’s the talk surrounding a new imaging technology that captures more complete color information at each photosite on a sensor.

How much color? It will distinguish 36 individual color channels, twelve times that of today’s chips — and our own eyeballs.

The “Transverse Field Detectors” developed by researchers at the Universities of Granada, Spain and Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, can be precisely tuned to detect a photon’s wavelength.

The Imaging Resource has the full story here.


Deep learning into image recognition and beyond

Mobile Photo Connect

Mobile Photo Connect

Only a week left to get ready for Mobile Photo Connect in San Francisco — and prepare for the “Deep Dive” the conference is promising into key areas in imaging technology and marketing.

Most important perhaps is picture organization: Consumers are already overwhelmed by the sheer number of photos they and their families and friends capture and share; now, significant changes in usage models are adding complexity for customers and vendors alike.

• A majority of consumers store photos on multiple devices or web services, thereby making it more difficult for them to keep track of their visual assets. A Suite 48 Analytics research study on The Dispersed Photo Challenge found that 76 percent of North American respondents use at least two different types of devices to store a significant number of photos.

• Photo consumption and visual communication are increasingly becoming “capture and flow” rather than “capture and store” processes. More and more photos are instantly shared through services like Twitter, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Instagram Direct. Finding these images after the fact is an insurmountable challenge for many.

Most traditional photo management and photo sharing programs have not kept up with the rapidly changing needs of today’s “any device + any sharing method” photo users. However, a number of innovative startups are tackling this problem by bringing to bear leading edge photo categorization, image recognition and deep learning technologies.

Mobile Photo Connect “will provide a unique opportunity to see many of these game-changing applications demonstrated in the course of 33 show-and-tell presentations – as well as two in-depth panel discussions dedicated to this key topic:

The future of photo organizing: from manual to deep learning, with:
•       Matthew Zeiler, Founder and CEO of Clarifai, winner of last year’s ImageNet Challenge
•       Naren Dubey, CEO of PhotoGurus and author of the All Too Much – The Problem of too Many Digital Photos white paper
•       Chris Lee, Product Manager, Photos at Dropbox
•       Yi Li, CEO of Orbeus

The future of storytelling: from sharing photos to sharing experiences, with:
•       Reid Genauer, CMO at Magisto
•       Loren Appin, Director of Growth at Pixable
•       Jochen Moelle, Head of Developer Program at Kodak Alaris
•       Mok Oh, Co-founder & CEO of Moju Labs, former Chief Scientist at PayPal

PMA is the media sponsor for Mobile Photo Connect, an executive conference focused on promoting innovation and partnerships in the mobile photography ecosystem. The event will be held October 15, 2014, at the Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco.




Printers and services: HP to split into separate companies.

hp logo

hp logoA few years back there was talk that the well-liked head of HP’s immensely profitable printer division would take the reigns of the whole company after another boardroom kerfuffle. Instead, HP favored the direction heralded by its purchase of Autonomy and EDS: enterprise IT services.

Today the company says it will split in two along those old battle lines: Printers and PC will now be sold by HP, and services will be the business of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

Current shareholders will own a stake in both new businesses.

Reuters report is here.


Google Glass fights crime

google wink

google winkDon’t go breaking any laws in Dubai: facial recognition technology combined with the head-mounted camera and computer in Google’s Glass device may make it easier to ID suspects, detectives there say.

Reuters reports the Gulf Arab emirate will deploy software developed by Dubai police to connect the wearer and a database of wanted people. Once the device “recognized” a suspect based on a face print, it would alert the officer wearing the gadget.

Glass is available now, pre-mass release, for $1,500.

The full story is here.