The glasses’ marquee feature is a second camera, which enables Spectacles to capture depth for the first time. Snap has built a suite of new 3D effects that take advantage of the device’s new depth perception ability. They will be exclusive to Spectacles, and the company plans to let third-party developers design depth effects starting later this year.
This time around, Snap is offering a new way to view snaps taken through Spectacles: an included 3D viewer resembling Google Cardboard. (The Spectacles 3D viewer is made of cardboard as well.)
(May as well keep this Adobe-week content train rolling, amirite?)
If you’d asked me the odds of getting a tweak this deeply nerdy into Camera Raw, I’d probably have put it around 1 in 100—but dang, here we are! This is a godsend for those of us who like to apply area-based adjustments like Clarity & Dehaze to panoramas. Russell Brown shows the benefit below.
A note of caution, though: to my partial disappointment, this doesn’t (yet) work when applying Camera Raw as a filter, so if you want to use it on JPEGs, you’ll need to open them into ACR via Bridge (Cmd-R). And yes, my little Obi-Wan brain just said, “Now that’s a workflow I haven’t heard of in a long time…” Or, if you’re coming from Lightroom Classic, you’ll need to open the image as a Smart Object in Photoshop—clunky (though temporary, I’m told), but it beats the heck out of trying to fix seams manually.
Hey gang—I know I greatly flatter myself in thinking that my voice here will be much missed if I go quiet for a bit, especially without notice, but for what it’s worth I’m enjoying some very welcome digital downtime with family in friends in Minnesota.
Being minutes away from wrapping up the celebration of my 44th (!) solar orbit, I wanted to say thanks for being one of those still crazy enough to traipse over here periodically & browse my random finds. Fourteen (!!) years after I started this racket, it still remains largely fun & rewarding. I hope you agree, and I’m grateful for your readership.
Now please excuse me for just a few more days while I get back to swamping my hard drive with a crushing backlog of drone, GoPro, Insta360, iPhone, and Osmo shots. 🙃
Oh, and for some dumb reason Google Maps insists on starting this pano (showing where we’re staying) pointed straight down into the pitch-black lake. You can drag it upwards and/or zoom out while I go file a bug/feature requests. The work is never done—another possible source of gratitude.
Given that I find regular Mavic flying stressful enough even with 6-way collision avoidance activated, and given that I sadly abandoned the DJI goggles I bought, DJI’s Professional Digital FPV System almost certainly isn’t for me—but dang, it still looks fun as hell:
The folks behind Moment lenses have launched a new contest & (tiny) festival celebrating travel photography. The vid below is a bit (or a lot) twee-hipster for my old-man tastes, but I thought the whole thing was interesting enough to share:
It’s not high art (never is!), but I had a little fun combining Mavic & iPhone footage with classic War riffs to create this look at our son Henry bombing around the wonderful Victoria’s Cellars Vineyard in a ’52 lowrider Bel Air. (Not pictured: my sudden stop as I realized I was about to fly sideways into some telephone wires.)
In this fantastic short titled Spatial Bodies, actual footage of the Osaka skyline is morphed into a physics-defying world of architecture where apartment buildings twist and curve like vines, suspended in the sky without regard for gravity. The film was created by AUJIK, a collaborative of artists and filmmakers that refers to itself as a “mysterious nature/tech cult.”
It removes issues like halos and artifacts at the edges and horizon, allows you to adjust depth of field, tone, exposure and color after the new sky has been dropped in, correctly detects the horizon line and the orientation of the sky to replace, and intelligently “relights” the rest of your photo to match the new sky you just dropped in “so they appear they were taken during the same conditions.”
Check out the article link to see some pretty compelling-looking examples.
“If you want to be a better photographer, [fly] in front of more interesting things…” This eclipse hyperlapse is rad:
“I wasn’t sure if it was going to work but I didn’t want to use it manually because I wanted to watch what was my first-ever eclipse,” [photographer Matt] Robinson tells PetaPixel. “Around 10 minutes before totality, the drone was sent up above our camp and programmed to fly along and above the spectacular Elqui Valley in Chile.