If you’ve been wondering what makes the images in the Google Pixel 3 look so great, the below video and the accompanying research paper help explain some of the incredible computational photography research that Google is working on. [Read more…]
The Nik Collection of photo editing plug-ins from Google is now free.
The software suite once sold for $500. Once Google acquired it, the price dropped down to $150. In a statement released today, Google noted:
As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.
Reading between the lines, I don’t know that we’ll be seeing any major updates for professionals and serious enthusiasts going forward. For now though, the Nik Collection is still a solid package for professional image editing. [Read more…]
Google+ added improved RAW file to JPEG conversion for over 70 cameras (including new cameras like the Nikon D800 and Nikon 1 J3). Additionally, you can always access your RAW files from the cloud if you need the original on a local drive.
I think this is a big, dang deal. While everyone is stirring for an Adobe competitor to come out of the woodwork with a perpetual license alternative to Photoshop, Google is quietly sneaking up with its acquisition of Nik and just continues to nudge out releases of photo editing, archive and sharing support via Google+. [Read more…]
What would it be like if you took Google Glass on a serious photography outing?
Macro shots? Timelapse? Weddings? Fashion?
We get answers these questions in the new parody video, ‘The Google Glass Photographer”. Check out this comical take on Google Glass below.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGxLkaCdpLc&w=640&h=360]
Olympus has submitted a patent application in Japan for what looks like a camera-centric Google Glass unit. The Olympus glasses feature a built-in camera and display; however, little else is revealed concerning the camera’s functionality – and it’s hard to imagine connected glasses units from Olympus that would offer greater connectivity than what we see in Google Glass. [Read more…]
Google is rolling out some major updates for Google+ this week. One of the big changes is the way your photos are handled on Google+.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmQ-d71GdPc&w=640&h=360]
The key new features in Google+ Photos are: [Read more…]
Google has opened up applications for what it is calling Glass Explorers. A select few “bold, creative individuals” will be invited by Google to become a Glass Explorer and given the opportunity to pre-order Glass Explorer Edition for $1500. You will also have to pick them up in person in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.
You can get a closer look at how Google Glass works in the demo video below. [Read more…]
PostalPix, the app that lets you order prints from your phone’s camera roll, is now available for Android. I reviewed PostalPix for the iPhone last month and found it to be an excellent and affordable way to get quality prints from your phone.
The print and shipping prices are more than fair, and the print quality is great. Now all you Android users have no excuse to miss out on physical prints for all your great instagram shots.
You can find PostalPix here on the Google Play Store.
After a leaky past couple of days, Samsung took the wraps off of its new Galaxy Camera today. The new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean camera features a 1/2.3″ 16MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a 21x optical zoom lens (23-480mm equivalent). [Read more…]
In the above video, Peter Hurley talks about the art of the headshot at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference. It’s an hour-long video packed with good info for anyone who shoots people.