Altered Photo Detection

The Incredible Software Banks and Law Enforcement Agencies Use to Detect Altered Photos

By on July 5, 2015 at 12:15 PM.

The Incredible Software Banks and Law Enforcement Agencies Use to Detect Altered Photos

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.

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Nikon Coolpix P900 Zoom

Video: The Zoom on this Nikon Camera is Absolutely Insane (and Scary)

By on June 25, 2015 at 2:45 PM.

Video: The Zoom on this Nikon Camera is Absolutely Insane (and Scary)

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.

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Scott Kelly Astronaut Selfie

How a NASA Astronaut Takes Awesome Selfies in Space

By on June 22, 2015 at 4:55 PM.

How a NASA Astronaut Takes Awesome Selfies in Space

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.

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Instagram Prints

Meet the man who steals your Instagram photos and sells them for $90,000

By on May 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

Meet the man who steals your Instagram photos and sells them for $90,000

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.

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Photography Avoid Windows Reflection Algorithm

How one algorithm could fix indoor photography’s biggest annoyance

By on May 13, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

How one algorithm could fix indoor photography’s biggest annoyance

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 →

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Toy Soldiers War Photography Book

There’s more to these stunning photos of ‘toy soldiers’ than meets the eye

By on May 5, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

There’s more to these stunning photos of ‘toy soldiers’ than meets the eye

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 →

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New York City Aerial Photos

Jaw-dropping aerial photos of New York City captured by photographers who are insane

By on December 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

Jaw-dropping aerial photos of New York City captured by photographers who are insane

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 →

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How to delete your Instagram account

By on April 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM.

How to delete your Instagram account

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.

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Instagram for Android tops 5 million downloads in under a week

By on April 10, 2012 at 8:35 AM.

Instagram for Android tops 5 million downloads in under a week

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 →

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Instagram for Android surpasses 1 million downloads in less than 24 hours

By on April 4, 2012 at 8:50 AM.

Instagram for Android surpasses 1 million downloads in less than 24 hours

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 →

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Instagram for Android now available in the Google Play store

By on April 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM.

Instagram for Android now available in the Google Play store

One of the most popular photography applications ever to hit Apple’s iOS platform is now available for Android. Instagram 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 with other Instagram users, and also shared on Twitter, Facebook or via email. Filters can be applied to images imported from a handset’s camera roll as well, and the app supports devices running Android 2.2 or later. Instagram announced during the annual South by Southwest conference that its Android app would be better than Instagram for the iPhone in a number of ways, and now Android users can find out exactly how the new build stacks up. Instagram is available immediately for free in the Google Play store. More →

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Dude walks across america, shoots stop motion movie with Canon 5D Mark II

By on July 25, 2010 at 6:09 PM.

Dude walks across america, shoots stop motion movie with Canon 5D Mark II

Well, he didn’t actually walk all the way across America, but in his time lapse movie he does. Check out this great stop motion movie created by Peter Cote. There’s over 2,700 individual shots all taken on a Canon 5D Mark II and a 24-70 f/2.8 lens then edited down into a time lapse creation. Apparently there’s a little corporate influence behind the video, because Peter and his company pitched the concept to Levis Jeans, and they sponsored the production. Take a look at the video after the jump along with a behind the scenes one if you’re interested! More →

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