Digital photography begins its next chapter with radical changes

first_img Walmart Share your voice Why we need 16 cameras on a smartphone $849 Apple $589 30 See All $812 Stuart Palley, a professional wildfire photographer here standing in the Angeles National Forest, believes mirrorless cameras will replace conventional SLRs. Stuart Palley Digital photography has changed a lot over the past two decades, with clunky DSLRs giving way to sleek smartphones. Over the next 10 years, expect a similar evolution as the science behind the art changes. Much of the technology in use today represents the breakthroughs of the first generation of digital cameras. Film was stripped away and digital image sensors took its place, but much of the rest of the camera — things like lenses, shutters, autofocus systems — often stayed largely the same. Manufacturers centered camera designs on the single, fleeting snap of the shutter. Now two big trends are reshaping our expectations of digital photography. Computational photography, which uses computing technology to improve photos, vaults over the limits of smartphone camera hardware to produce impressive shots. And the “mirrorless” movement, which drops hardware once necessary for film and elevates the image sensor’s importance, overhauls the mechanics of traditional cameras. Old assumptions about optics are being reconsidered — or discarded — as computer processing takes over. “Cameras will change more in the next 10 years than in the past 10,” said Lau Nørgaard, vice president of research and development at Phase One, a Danish company that makes ultra-premium 151-megapixel medium-format cameras costing $52,000 apiece. See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy The changes will matter to all of us, not simply professional photographers on fashion shoots. New technology will mean better everyday snapshots and new creative possibilities for enthusiasts. Everything — selfies, landscapes and family portraits — will simply look better. Computational photography For much of camera history, bigger meant better. A larger frame of film could capture more image detail, but that meant a bigger camera body. Bigger lenses offered more detail, but that meant more weight. Computational photography, which runs on powerful processors, will change that paradigm. And that’s good news because most of us rely on our phones for taking pictures. Perhaps some of the most advanced computational photography available now is in Google’s Pixel 3 phone, which arrived in October. Here’s some of what it can do: Combine up to nine frames into a single shot with a technology called HDR+ that captures details in both dark shadows and bright highlights. Monitor how much your hands shake the photo so it can snap shots during fleeting moments of stillness. Compare multiple shots of photos to find the ones where people aren’t blinking or suffering from awkward facial expressions. Brighten the parts of the image where it detects humans and slightly smooths skin to make subjects look better. Zoom in better by capturing more data about the scene from multiple shots and and using artificial intelligence technology that predicts how best to expand an image. Photograph in dim conditions by merging multiple shots through a technology called Night Sight. Isaac Reynolds, Google’s Pixel camera product manager, says his company’s product underscores a fundamental change in what we think cameras are. Much of the Pixel 3’s performance and features come not from the lens and sensor but from software running on the phone’s chip that processes and combines multiple frames into one photo. With a computational photography feature called Night Sight, Google's $900 Pixel 3 smartphone can take a photo that challenges a shot from a $4,000 Canon 5D Mark IV SLR.Enlarge ImageWith a computational photography feature called Night Sight, Google’s $900 Pixel 3 smartphone can take a photo that challenges a shot from a $4,000 Canon 5D Mark IV SLR, below. The Canon’s larger sensor outperforms the phone’s, but the phone combines several shots to reduce noise and improve color. Stephen Shankland/CNET “You’re seeing a redefinition of what a camera is,” Reynolds said. “The Pixel 3 is one of the most software-based cameras in the world.” Seeing in 3D It’s all pretty radical compared with a shutter flipping open for a moment so photons can change the chemistry of film. And it’s only the beginning. Two years ago, the iPhone 7 started using two cameras side by side, which lets the phone judge just how far away each element of the scene is. The phone’s computing hardware then constructs a 3D-infused layer of information called a “depth map” in which each pixel of a photo holds both color and spatial information. Initially, Apple used the technology to re-create a style used in portrait photography that requires expensive camera lenses. Those lenses could shoot a shallow depth of field that focused on the subject but left the background an undistracting blur. Apple used software to do the blurring. The depth map has more to offer. With Lightroom, Adobe’s widely used photo editing and cataloging software, you now can adjust an iPhone photo based on that 3D information. For example, you can selectively brighten shadowed subjects in the foreground while leaving a bright background unchanged. That’s a manual process photo enthusiasts will appreciate, but it should help smartphones take photos automatically, said Google distinguished engineer Marc Levoy, who coined the term “computational photography” in 2004 when he was at Stanford University. A camera that could generate reliable depth maps means a camera app could fix problems with brightness and color balance so photos look more natural. “We have just begun to scratch the surface with what computational photography and AI have done to improve the basic single-press picture taking,” Levoy said. This photo, shot with Adobe Lightroom on an iPhone XS Max, contains "depth map" information about how far away elements of the scene are. That lets you easily select foreground areas for brightening.This photo, shot with Adobe Lightroom on an iPhone XS Max, contains “depth map” information about how far away elements of the scene are. That lets you easily select foreground areas for brightening. Stephen Shankland/CNET Goodbye, SLRs Generations of photographers grew up using SLRs — short for single lens reflex. It’s named after its reflex mirror that bounces light from the lens into a viewfinder so you can compose a shot. When you take the photo, the mirror flips out of the way and the shutter opens to let light reach the film. The first serious digital cameras — DSLRs — replaced the film with an image sensor and memory card. But they left almost everything else the same — the mirror and viewfinder, the autofocus system, the mount for interchangeable lenses. Now mirrorless cameras are changing that setup, dumping the mirror and optical viewfinder. You compose your shots using a screen. It might be the screen on the back of the camera or a smaller electronic viewfinder you use like a film-era photographer. With mirrorless cameras, the sensor is recording nonstop. It’s essentially taking a video but throwing away most of the data, except when you push a button and pluck out a single frame. Indeed, this video-centric design makes mirrorless cameras adept at video. What’s so great about mirrorless designs? They offer smaller, lighter camera bodies that can shoot photos silently; use autofocus across the frame, not just in the central portion; make it easier to compose shots at night; shoot fast bursts of photos; and preview shots more accurately through an electronic viewfinder so you can do better dialing in exposure, focus and aperture. “There’s none of this dropping the camera down, looking at the image and seeing if it’s too bright or dark,” said wildlife photographer David Shaw, who sold his Canon gear to move to Panasonic’s Lumix G9 camera, which is smaller and a quarter the weight. “I can see it all as I’m shooting.” Canon and Nikon embrace mirrorless Mirrorless cameras have been gaining traction for years, but here’s what changed in 2018: Canon and Nikon. The two DSLR heavy hitters, still the top dogs of the traditional photography market, started selling high-end mirrorless models. Nikon’s Z7 and Z6 and Canon’s EOS R. Following Sony’s lead, they come with large “full-frame” sensors that are best at capturing color and light data. Nikon and Canon aren’t phasing out their traditional SLRs, but their mirrorless models will be peers. Meanwhile, mirrorless pioneer Panasonic joined in with plans for two full-frame models debuting in 2019. Nikon's $3,400 Z7 looks similar to traditional DSLR cameras but dumps the internal mirror in a move to a more purely digital design.Nikon’s $3,400 Z7 looks similar to traditional DSLR cameras but dumps the internal mirror in a move to a more purely digital design. Nikon Mirrorless is the future, says Stuart Palley, a Newport Beach, California, professional photographer whose specialty in wildfire photography appears in his new book Terra Flamma. “DSLRs are going the way of medium formats and Speed Graphics,” Palley said, referring to film-era camera designs that now are mostly footnotes in history. He’s begun shooting with a Nikon Z7 and likes how it’s lighter than his Nikon D850 DSLR. “It’s so liberating carrying around less,” Palley said. The Z7, like the Sony and Panasonic full-frame mirrorless models, also can move its image sensor to compensate for shaky hands — something utterly impossible with film. “I can shoot a handheld image of the Milky Way now. It’s crazy,” Palley said. Outpaced by phone innovation? The traditional camera makers are adapting. But will they adapt fast enough? There’s nothing in principle that stops them from using the same computational photography techniques that smartphone makers do, but so far that’s been a secondary priority. “The camera guys have to look at what’s going on with handsets and computational photography and see what’s’ adaptable to traditional cameras,” said Ed Lee, a Keypoint Intelligence analyst. He expects the pace of change in photography technology to increase. The phone makers are moving fast, but Phase One’s Nørgaard doesn’t see any problem embracing their technology. Indeed, the company has begun embedding its Capture One editing software directly into the camera body. “The cellphones make really good images from a small camera,” Nørgaard said. “We can do the same on the other end, where we start with an absolutely fantastic image. The software approach will push that even further.” But smartphones have gobbled up the point-and-shoot camera market and each year pick up more high-end camera abilities. Phones that sell by the tens of millions offer a huge incentive for chipmakers like Qualcomm to push photography technology. The company’s next-gen mobile chip, the Snapdragon 855, adds all kinds of photo smarts, like the ability to detect, identify and track objects in a scene, to create depth maps and to counteract shaky hands. And that’s just next year’s chip, said P.J. Jacobowitz, Qualcomm’s senior marketing manager for camera and computer vision. “In this book, there are about 50 chapters,” he said of digital photography tech. “We are in chapter two.” CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It Review • Pixel 3 review: The best Android phone of 2018 Sep 1 • 7 phones with the best battery life: iPhone XR, Note 10 Plus and more Mentioned Above Google Pixel 3 (64GB, not pink)center_img Now playing: Watch this: 2:02 News • Unlocked Google Pixel 3: Just $499.99 with this exclusive code Preview • Pixel 3 and 3 XL: Google’s nicest Pixel might lack that killer feature $799 Tags See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 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ABCD Telugu movie review and rating by audience Live updates

first_imgABCD – American Born Confused DesiTwitterDirector Sanjeev Reddy’s Telugu movie ABCD – American Born Confused Desi starring Allu Sirish and Rukshar Dhillon, has received mixed review and rating from the audience around the world.ABCD – American Born Confused Desi is a comedy drama and it is a remake of the Malayalam film of the same name. Madhura Sreedhar Reddy and Yash Rangineni have produced the movie under the banner Madhura Entertainment. The film has received a U certificate from the censor board and its runtime is 2.25 hours.ABCD movie story: The film is about a spoilt brat (Allu Sirish) from New York. His father (Nagababu) decides to teach his slacker son a lesson of responsibility. He cuts all his financial resources and tricks him into return to the city. How he rebuilds his life from scratch forms the crux of its story.Analysis: Sanjeev Reddy has made some minor changes in the original screenplay to suit the taste of local movie buffs. The first half of the movie is routine and slow and some comedy scenes keep you engaged here. The second half is no better than the first half, say the audience.Performances: Allu Sirish has delivered good performance, which is the highlight of ABCD. Rukshar Dhillon has done good job and her chemistry with the hero is one of the attractions of the film.  Nagendra Babu, Master Bharath and Kota Srinivasa Rao have done justice to their roles, say the audience.Technical: ABCD has good production values and music, picturisation, action and dialogues are the attractions on the technical front, add the viewers.ABCD movie review live updates: We bring you some viewers’ verdict on the film shared on Twitter. Continue to see audience’s response.V ı N A Y C H A G A N T I‏ @VinayChaganti0 #ABCD #ABCDMovie watchable film. @AlluSirish anna this time U Rock the show with ease. I feel write strong elements in second half it will be a block buster. Now it’s decent film. Keep going anna… @SureshProdns Just finished @AlluSirish #ABCD First half it’s quiet interesting with full of comedy … Xappie®‏ @xappiecinema Suthapalli Ramesh‏ @S_Ramesh23 #ABCD First Half Report: Very slow first half so far! Nothing has happened story wise & screenplay is routine. Few comedy scenes by Master Bharath are good & Interval ends off on an interesting note. Need a big second half now #ABCDMovieFromMay17th #ABCDMovie #AlluSirish #ABCD Second Half Report: Tempo is similar to first half. Story takes a more serious turn however emotional scenes could not make an impact. Stay tuned for full review & rating shortly on @TeluguPremiere shortly. #ABCDMovieFromMay17th #ABCDMovie #AlluSirish #ABCD is a Youthful Entertainer with good performances from @AlluSirish @RuksharDhillon & Bharath. Watch the film to know about this American Born Confused Desi’s Journey. #ABCDFromToday Sateesh Botta‏ @bkrsatish Telugu Premiere‏ @TeluguPremiere Venkyreviews‏ @venkyreviews Vicky‏ @VICKY__264center_img #ABCD Ok first half nd Avg Second half.. could have been better considering the story nd compared to the original version.. Might not become hit as it lacks Commercial elements Telugubit‏ @telugubit #ABCD #AmericanBornConfusedDesi #ABCDFromToday #ABCDMovie – @RuksharDhillon & @AlluSirish ActınG, AnD Every Scene ıs EntertaınınG Not Get BoreD Anywhere ın The Movıe, SnGs & BGM Are Nıce My Opınıon – Hıt AnD It Wıll Be The Fırst Hıt For @RuksharDhillon ❤ Ram Charan Youth‏ @youth_ram #ABCD Final Report +Ve First Half Comedy b/w Bharat & #AlluSirish Some bits of #Vennelakishore -Ve Slow Phase Story Line Songs First Half >> Second Half Here is 2.5/5.0 Mirchi9‏ @Mirchi9 #ABCDMovie is a typical cliché ridden narrative that offers very routine story and entertainment. It’s in a no man’s zone where it’s neither bad nor good, making it a passable affair. Mirchi9 review shortly. #ABCDMovie Review – No Confusion- Highly Routine Mirchi9 Rating: 2.25/5 #ABCD is like the noodle that is neither tasty nor bad to throw away. It is passable enough so that the hungry person can have it for the time being, but forgotten instantaneously. #ABCD First half oka manchi sleep veyachu. Entra idhi Only saving grace right now is Master Bharath. @vennelakishore is hilarious in the role of frustrated news reader #Abcd. Thanks for consistently entertaining us in almost every film.last_img read more

Thai rescuers resume search for 23 survivors of capsized boat

first_imgA Thai navy boat carrying recovered bodies of passengers from a capsized tourist boat arrives at a pier in the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand on 6 July 2018.Despite fading hopes, rescuers in Thailand resumed a search on Saturday for 23 survivors after a boat carrying Chinese tourists sank off the island of Phuket in rough weather, while authorities began to investigate the boat’s operator.The death toll from one of the worst transport accidents in Thailand’s recent history reached 33, authorities have said, with 49 of the 105 passengers on the sunken Phoenix rescued, although 37 are still in hospital, some with severe injuries.”We will take any chance in the search for life,” Tourism Minister Weerasak Kowsurat said at the search site on Friday, following comments by a Marine Department official that there was probably “no chance” of finding more survivors.”Safety and service have to be placed above revenue,” Weerasuk added.Some Thais and tour operators have questioned why the boat was at sea during bad weather.Thai junta number two Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered an investigation into why it appeared to have ignored a weather warning, while police said they would seek to charge the captain and owner with negligence.The Phoenix, which was carrying 93 Chinese along with 12 Thai crew and tour guides, sank after being hit by five-metre (16-ft) -high waves in a storm on Thursday evening off Phuket, whose beaches and nightlife draw tourists.Thailand is in the middle of its rainy season, which usually runs from May to mid-October and often generates high winds and flash storms in coastal areas.Tourism is a key driver of growth in Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, making up 12 percent of gross domestic product, and the most foreign visitors come from China.Many of the dead from the disaster were found drifting face down, wearing life jackets, near where it sank.The dead and injured were taken to a hospital on Phuket’s east coast, where relatives began to gather, with more expected over the weekend. Officials have asked for Chinese interpreters to assist.Thai officials on Saturday ordered boats not involved in the search to stay at anchor while it lasts.Accidents on the scale of this week’s disaster were “not good” for Thailand, said tourist police official Surachate Hakparn, adding, “We have to be more stringent.”Thailand is already in the global spotlight with a multinational rescue operation to save 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped for days in a mountain cave in its north.last_img read more

21 artists inspired by local cultures

first_imgArt Spice, the luxurious art gallery at a five star deluxe hotel, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa presented the inauguration ceremony of a beguiling group exhibition “Songs of India”. Over some of the finest wines and hors d’oeuvres, the incandescent event at the capital was attended by high profile personalities and dignitaries from various fields including designer Anupamaa Dayal, Jatin Kochhar, artist Neeraj Gupta and Ruchi Chadha, Gudmun Dur Eiriksson, Executive Director, Jindal Global Law School, amongst others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf “Songs of India” a group exhibition by 21 Indian artists brings to you vivid artworks of India’s heritage which is changing the face of society. As Indian art goes truly global, Indian artists have tried to explore recent trends that delve deeply into symbols and expressions embedded in local culture. The illustrious artists participating include Seema Kohli, Shyamal Mukherjee, P Gnana, Bhaskar Rao, Sanjay Soni, D.V.S. Krishna, K Ravi, Manu Parekh, Pramod MV, Sreekanth Kuruva, Ramesh Gorjala, Dharmendra Rathore and many more. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Speaking on the occasion, Babita Gupta, Director, Art Spice Gallery said, “We live in a diverse land, with different cultures and various ideologies. The multiplicity of existence is what makes the world distinctive and beautiful. Indian artists have traditionally taken inspiration from the philosophical thought that the absolute cannot be created nor destroyed but it can only be felt and understood. Bringing all these elements together through a show is my main idea.”The exhibition is on view till May 13.last_img read more

Heres How to Build a Strong Security Team to Keep Your Company

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read May 5, 2016 Building any kind of team is not easy. From hiring to managing and ensuring goals are met, it can make a founder’s head spin. Adding the additional layer of finding a top-notch security team to ensure your “baby” is safe and sound adds extra stress to an already frazzled entrepreneur.But there is hope.We reached out to several industry experts who are in the know about security issues and asked what advice they had on building a strong technical team.Related: 7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to UnderstandHere is what they had to say:Security needs to part of the foundation of the company.Security teams are the most effective when security is baked into the entire company culture. Founders may not have the luxury of hiring someone for whom security is their only job, but it does have to be someone’s job.For founders working with lean teams, assigning different security channels to different groups can be a good strategy. For example, it makes sense for network security to stay with an IT resource, but enforcement of other security protocols — like enforcing the wearing of ID badges and escorting visitors — could fall to an administrative resource.– Cortney Thompson, Chief Technology Officer of Green House Data, an environmentally conscious data center serviceLook for people who are part of the security community.You want to hire people that are well connected to the industry, who will leverage established best practices and tools and who are comfortable leveraging services vs. trying to build everything from scratch.Also make sure you validate the credentials of a potential hire. There are many excellent, technically-skilled people out there but also many who exaggerate their experiences and expertise. The security community is fairly tight-knit, though, so there’s a good opportunity to both validate and find strong candidates by reaching out to your network of companies.– Arne Josefsberg, Chief Information Officer of GoDaddy, an Internet domain registrar and web hosting companyRelated: Why Small-Business Entrepreneurs Should Care About CybersecurityHire people who fit the company’s current needs.Most SMBs don’t have the resources for a dedicated security team, in which case the founder will need to look for technical experts who have some security experience. Seeking out this diversified background is important because security needs to be designed into the architecture and company’s solutions from the get-go, not added as an afterthought.   Once resources are available, the initial team has to be strong and trusted — people preferably from your network. Quality is especially important at this phase, because they will develop the core product, which is critical for the company’s initial success. These people will be the leaders who will be responsible for growing out the team.  — Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud, an enterprise cloud security companyCulture fit matters.Ensure a cultural fit, and you’ll be well on your way.  Too often, security teams will be working at cross purposes with another team.  Everyone needs to be at the same table with the same goal: the success of the business.  If the security team is isolated, they will be less inclined to prioritize user experience and the effectiveness of revenue-producing departments will suffer. If security folks are grabbing drinks after work with sales folks, they will work better together on a day-to-day basis.  The synergy will result in more user-friendly tools, higher transparency and increased security with little hindrance to top-line revenue goals.– Ray Potter, CEO of SafeLogic, a company providing security, encryption and FIPS validation products to applicationsTurn to an architect.Founders should build a security team around an architect. Contract one from a third party or hire one, if you have the resources. They will be able to dig into and understand your organization’s unique security concerns, create a plan to keep you safe and then execute on that plan. If you hire an engineer first, they can run the technical side of security but may not be able to see things holistically. Setting up a comprehensive plan that you can expand as you grow is key to maintaining security over the long run.– Greg Kushto, Director of Security Practices at Force 3, a network security company.Look outside.The fact is many businesses today are having to turn to outside security experts and resources after they have been hit with a serious and costly cyberattack. Rather than waiting for a ransomware or spyware attack to engage added security talent, consider leveraging outsourced security to bolster and support ongoing security as a preventative measure. Outsourcing IT security offers growing businesses a cost-effective way to engage proven talent and is far less expensive than hiring expert support in the midst of a security crisis when a business is more likely to “pay whatever it takes” to restore data, service and security. In addition, outsourcing allows you to ramp up security resources during key times, such as a product launch or migration, and cut back resources and costs during quieter times.  — Anna Frazzetto, Chief Digital Technology Officer and SVP at Harvey Nash, an IT recruiting firm Related: The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat at Your Office Could Be You (Infographic)  center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more