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Why Do We Hate Selfies? | PBS Idea Channel

Are we really about to defend SELFIES?! Yup. Despite being possibly the world’s most annoying habit, selfies are undeniably a major part of modern visual language. They may be the lowest common denominator of the art of photography, but they are also a legit form of communication (“a picture is worth a thousand words” comes Read MoreRead More

Re-framing the question: HFR is OK…Now can we finally do 30 fps?

David Richards argues that since the 24 frames per second commonly associated with feature film is too slow for capturing fast action and that High Frame Rates like 60p have been poorly received (such as in the Hobbit movies) perhaps the industry should be looking for a middle ground. The rate of 24 frames per second Read MoreRead More

Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips

Processing power and speed has steadily increased since Gordon Moore proposed Moore’s law in 1965. But we are reaching a physical barrier as our transistors are shrinking to the atomic level. What will tomorrow’s computers look like and how will they function? Not long after Gordon E. Moore proposed in 1965 that the number of Read MoreRead More

The Art of Digital Faces at ICT – Digital Emily to Digital Ira

FX guide gets in depth on the work Dr Paul Debevec at USC ICT and their work at creating the ultimate CGI rendering of the human face. Faces are the most recognized conduit of emotion. To quote John Cleese’s BBC documentary Faces, ‘We don’t put photos of our loved one’s feet on our walls and desks, we put pictures of Read MoreRead More

There will probably be no 8K. In fact, there will probably be no pixels at all in the future

David Shapton explains how the future of video may in fact be pixel-less. There’s a seemingly unstoppable trend towards more and more pixels. Greater resolution is heralded as the future of video. David Shapton doesn’t think it is. He thinks there is another way. It’s a radical suggestion, but completely plausible Living memory is a wonderful Read MoreRead More

Introducing 8K: The Final Frontier?

Japanese broadcaster NHK has been at it, pushing the bounds of acquisition with 8K resolution and 22.1 surround sound. Kaleem Aftab interviews their technical team about application of 8K technology. Filmmaker: What do you see as the advantages of 8K technology? Mitani: 8K (Super Hi-Vision) is a system that considers the particular characteristics of human vision to make Read MoreRead More

Perfect Lenses are Coming Soon – but would we want them?

David Shapton entertains the idea that technological progress will soon lead to a perfect lens – but is such a thing even desirable? Digital processing has been around for a long time. Photoshop was first released in 1988, but even before then, the mathematics to blur and enhance video was known for decades. Now, we’re Read MoreRead More

Tiny Camera Records Details of Scene without Losing Sight of the Big Picture

Using a new system of concentric lenses, researchers are building an ultrahigh resolution wide angle camera the size of a walnut that could be capable of pans and zooms with no moving parts. Those days of CSI shows where photos are zoomed in infinitely and enhanced may soon be a reality. To capture all the Read MoreRead More

Temporal Aliasing with Cinema: A Technical Explaination

Red created this great full detailed explaination about what temporal aliasing is and what camera technology overcomes problems inherent in the digital medium. Many modern technologies record and reproduce signals from the real-world. Microphones encode sound waves in conjunction with audio equipment, digital photography quantifies light using arrays of pixels, and cinema cameras record spans Read MoreRead More

KaleidoCamera – Light Manipulation like You’ve Never Seen Before

German researchers at  Saarland University are developing a module that goes between the lens and a  DSLR that adds High Dynamic Range, Polarization and even light field image recording (Like the Lytro camera – which enables after the fact focusing). WITH their sophisticated image sensors and software, digital cameras are already great at making us look like Read MoreRead More

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