I’ve been expecting this one for years:
Tap and hold the bookmark icon underneath any post to save it directly to a collection. You can create and name a new collection when you save a post, or you can add it to one you’ve already created.
Instagram continues to redefine creativity—away from strictly posting a few best shots, and towards:
- tossed-off ephemera (stories) and
- curation (a la Pinterest—drag the shiny-shiny back to decorate your cave).
This is going to be a license to print money: Let Kylie Jenner (or mouth-breathing celebretroid of one’s choice) create collections of merchandise that hang off the main profile & enable instant purchasing. Hopefully it’ll also benefit individual photographers, by offering a crazy-simple way to buy prints. Stay tuned.
A beautiful, dynamic wall calendar that can be used for three months on one charge? I could get into that. Check out the Magic Calendar concept from Google Japan:
How about an augmented-reality spyglass that lets you see your current surroundings from the perspective of another season? That’s Chronoscape:
Auto-translated project description:
When you approach Chronoscape with a dedicated Android smartphone application and approach a place where you can see “another time”, Chronoscape notifies you.Look into Chronoscape and rotate the operating part, you can see different scenery of different time at that place. In addition, favorite landscapes can be saved in a smartphone with a single touch, and you can look back and share it later.
Photographer and educator Seán Duggan covers Google Photos in this week’s Mobile Photography Weekly, and he dives deep in Google Photos: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques:
Photographer and educator Seán Duggan shares a collection of power tips that can help you get the most out of Google Photos. Learn how to manage photo storage, use the stellar search capabilities of Google Photos, edit your photos, and make animations, slide shows, and movies from your images. Plus, learn how to share photos securely with friends and family.
Check it out—and thanks, Seán!
So, this happened. 🙂 In Snapseed 2.16 on iOS & Android, you can:
- Edit faster by using reusable “looks”: save the edits on any photo as a look, and apply saved looks to other images.
- Share looks with friends and other users by generating a QR code for each.
- Apply Structure to individual areas of your photo via the Selective tool.
And on Android you can:
- Automatically correct the perspective of your photos using the the enhanced Perspective tool.
- Find inspiring tutorial content via the Insights stream. [already available on iOS]
The QR-based sharing is a fun twist. The team writes,
You now can easily share these looks with your friends and followers. Snapseed will generate a QR code that embeds your look. Scan this QR code [below] in Snapseed to apply the look to the current photo. You can easily share it through social media, on your web site, or by email and instant messaging!
Cue Keanu-style whoa:
The technological magic behind this sensor—as Sony points out multiple times in the videos above—is the RAM built right into the sensor stack. This allows for 5x faster readout and a max slow mo capture speed of 960fps at up to 720p resolution. That is not a typo, and it makes 240fps looks like a sad joke.
Remember—if, like me, you’re about to turn to dust—when the mere existence of a “PHONE video” seemed entirely insane? Cue this Nokia ad from ~2002:
[YouTube 1 & 2]
Photograph Seán Duggan has posted a great 5-minute overview on Lynda.com showing how to use Google PhotoScan to digitize your old snaps. It’s free for everyone through next Monday, then available only to Lynda subscribers.
Okay, my nerds, this one’s for you: You can now rock out with that original gangsta of color-correction, Curves.
You can also insert line breaks when adding text (you forgot that Snapseed does text now, right?). Oh, and in the new(-ish) Face filter, if face detection fails, you can tell it to try harder—by tapping a button that literally says “Try Harder.”
I love it when my peeps work together. 🙂 Engadget writes,
Expect Adobe’s Photoshop Mix, Lightroom mobile, Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Sketch, Comp CC and Creative Cloud Mobile to be available later this month… If you’re using an ASUS Flip, Acer R11/C738T or Google Pixel (2015), that collection of software will be available for you to use today. All you have to to do is head over to the Play Store to nab it.
Soon to be available in SDK form (meaning you may well start to see it appear in numerous apps), this 3D face-scanning tech requires just your front-facing camera and (optionally) a ring light:
Here, take it for a spin: