Chris says that scientists have used computational photography to take the world's first picture of a black hole 53 light years away. The image was actually created using thousands of different images from the largest camera in the world, the Event Horizon Telescope. It's actually eight telescopes all around the globe, that create a virtual telescope the size of a planet. Then all those telescopes take pictures of the same spot over and over again, using the rotation of the planet, and then merge that image data to create this image of the black hole.
Chris says there's a new kind of photography called "Generational Photography" where you can generate photos of people who don't exist and they look realistic. It's done with artificial intelligence and was developed by NVIDIA. Chris says it looks pretty good and it's bound to get even better as time goes on, NVIDIA has also created a technique that lets you create photos of places that don't exist simply by sketching out a basic image. And that could put stock photographers out of business.
Chris Marquardt goes over a few submissions from the recent photo assignment, where photographers take a picture from an "ant's perspective". The new assignment is to take a photo of an apple. Not the tech company, but a real fruity apple!
Chris recently had one of his photos show up on Flickr Explore, and he got over 49,000 views in one day. It's a search algorithm that has a few conditions - 1) It has to have a lot of views, 2) the image has to be of a minimum size or above 3) Pro users are more likely to get highlighted 4) The more active you are on Flickr, the more likely your image will get chosen. On the other hand, the more groups your photo is featured in, the less likely it'll be featured. 5) Avoid Watermarks.
Chris joins us to talk about things that photographers learn, and then proceed to overuse them. Like a new fast lens... and suddenly, all your photos are shallow depth of field. Or drones... suddenly, all the shots you take are drone shots. After a while though, we end up moving on to something else. Balance is the key, use your gear for specific shots to tell a story.
Chris joins us to talk about the new triple camera feature of the Samsung Galaxy S10. Chris says that most smartphones have a basic focal length of 28mm, but the Galaxy S10 has a wider 16mm feature that can cause a lot of distortion. Users can zoom in to the medium or telephoto setting as well.
It's time for the next photo assignment with Chris Marquardt, show's been away in New Zealand for two months! The assignment we're looking at this week is SUIT.
Chris wants to talk about how good smartphone cameras are getting. They're getting so good that many people have simply stopped using DSLRs and personal cameras. There are three areas that smartphones are chipping away at standalone cameras:
Chris says that a recent trend in photography is to be a professional Instagram photographer. Chris also says that Instagram tends to cause people to go to the same locations they see on it. Some of those natural landmarks are actually starting to show wear and tear as a result. Or you get there and it's over crowded. It's largely due to Location Tags. And Jackson Hole, Wyoming is launching a campaign to discourage using location tags. There's also a thing called post the photo, trash the location, so people won't come.