The picture you see above looks like a surrealist painting, but it’s not. It was taken by photographer Dave Lane, who photographed the Abyss Pool in Yellowstone Park just after a storm had passed the area, More →
Thanks to the smartphone, the number of photographs taken every year has absolutely exploded in a short amount of time. Case in point, it’s been estimated that approximately 1/3 of all the photos ever taken over the last 188 years were taken during the last 2 or 3 years. In a world where it’s never been easier to take photos and share them with the world, it’s only natural to wonder: What is the most viewed photograph of all time?
For decades on end, long before Adobe Photoshop became a household name, governments across the world have manipulated photographs to serve political ends. Joseph Stalin, for instance, famously altered photographs as to remove individuals who fell out of favor with the regime.
These days, image editing tools are not only abundant, but they’re incredibly easy to use. As a result, it’s become increasingly difficult to differentiate an authentic photo from one that’s been doctored.
Coming to the rescue is a Czech startup with an interesting piece of software that can purportedly detect when photos have been manipulated with astounding accuracy.
It’s funny how amusement parks, places which are ordinarily teeming with excitement and positive energy, become downright creepy when they’re abandoned.
With so many people taking photos with their smartphones these days, it’s easy to forget that there are still some incredibly cool point and shoot cameras out there. Case in point: the Nikon Coolpix P900.
Released earlier this year, the camera boasts a 24-2000mm 35mm zoom equivalent that has garnered rave reviews. Translation? The zoom on this Nikon point and shoot is insanely good, and even somewhat scary depending on your perspective.
We’ve already explained how astronauts take showers in space, but what do they do when they’re not freshening up or, you know, engaged in important scientific research? Why, take selfies of course.
Now taking a selfie in space, in and of itself, is no big technical feat. But what makes an otherwise ordinary activity all the more interesting is that astronauts can use light emanating from different areas of earth to apply some makeshift filters to their photos.
It’s well established that anything one posts online these days remains permanently etched on the Internet. The moment a tweet or a photo goes up, it’s practically impossible to scrub it from its new-found digital existence. For most people, this is no big deal as the benefits to be gleaned from sharing items like photos with friends far outweigh any concerns about privacy. But once someone starts profiting from your personal photos, the dynamics of the equation completely change.
Meet Richard Prince, an “artist” whose skill set consists of photographing other people’s photographs, adjusting them slightly, and then selling them for enormous profit. It admittedly sounds bizarre, but Prince has been making a living doing just that for decades now.
Have you ever seen something just outside your window that you wanted to take a picture of but you couldn’t get a decent shot thanks to the annoyance that is window reflection? Don’t worry: Some researchers at MIT have you covered. Mashable notes that MIT researchers have developed a new algorithm for digital camera software designed specifically remove window reflection from your photos, which means you won’t have to hesitate the next time a rare species of bird is perched right outside your window. More →
Thinking about toy soldiers might conjure up fond memories from your childhood, but one photographer set out to reimagine the tiny toys by using them as inspiration to create stunning scenes that leave viewers questioning what they’re really seeing. More →
This is New York City like you’ve never seen it before, and it was photographed by two men who are insane. Of course, we can’t state conclusively that Ukranian photographer Vitaliy Raskalov and Russian photographer Vadim Makhorov are indeed clinically insane, but you’d have to be crazy to sit on the edges of skyscrapers and shoot the city below.
That’s exactly what this pair of thrill-seeking photographers did, though… and the results are positively breathtaking. More →
Instagram is a hugely popular social network centered around sharing retro images with friends, and while it continues to add users by the millions, it will likely soon see a somewhat sizable defection in light of recent events. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday announced that Facebook will acquire Instagram for $1 billion. The deal will make Instagram’s small team rich and give the app exposure to millions of new users, but it will also bring a fresh round of privacy concerns that have already begun to surface. For those who avoid Facebook and its suite of services, deleting an Instagram account couldn’t be easier: users can simply visit the company’s account removal page, log in, and select a reason for their account removal requests from the drop-down menu. As it turns out, “privacy concerns” is the very first option.
Adding yet another positive note to Instagram’s biggest week ever — Facebook on Monday announced that it will acquire Instagram for $1 billion — the company’s new Android application has been downloaded more than 5 million times after less than one week of availability. Instagram launched for Android-powered devices on April 3rd, and it took less than one day for the highly anticipated app to reach the one million download mark. As of Monday, April 9th, the application had been downloaded from the Google Play marketplace more than 5 million times, The Next Web reported. Instagram allows users to capture photos or import them from a smartphone’s camera roll, and then apply retro effects before sharing them with their contacts. Facebook expects its acquisition of Instagram to close later this year. More →
One of the most popular photography applications for the iPhone has quickly become one of the most popular Android apps. Instagram for Android surpassed 1 million downloads less than 24 hours after its release on the Google Play marketplace on Tuesday. The Android application opened its pre-registration last week, attracting more than 430,000 users. When the service launched it reportedly saw 2,000 sign-ups per minute, nearly crashing the company’s servers. The popular app allows users to capture photos and edit them using a number of filters that give images a unique retro look. Pictures can then be shared through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and email. The company previously announced that it had more than 30 million users on iOS alone. More →