Presenting jam-packed newsreel, a new book, French influencer law, semantic segmentation in real-time, dpreview’s archive, a new film by Fuji, the Mickey-Mouse-Leica and DALL-E coming to a browser near you.
Special guest Allan Attridge of Two Hosers fame (he now also builds furniture on YouTube) and Chris talk about life, creating youtube videos and growing as a photographer.
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[NEWS] France suggest influencer law : The French government proposes penalizing influencers who don’t disclose Photoshop or filter usage in their posts, aiming to increase social media transparency and protect users from manipulated images’ negative effects. The penalties include up to 6 months in jail and fines up to 300,000 EUR.
[NEWS] SAM by Meta : Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, has introduced an open-source AI model called SAM that can isolate objects in images and videos with a single click, offering real-time semantic segmentation and potential applications in photo editing, VR, and social media.
[NEWS] DPReview [Update] : It seems that the public outcry over the shutdown of Digital Photography Review (dpreview) has been (at least somewhat) heard by some inside Amazon. At least they released an update that includes promising a few more articles beyond the officially announced April 10 date and the announcement of an archival effort, which had so far been taken up by archive.org
[NEWS] New Fujifilm Film : Fujifilm plans to launch a new 400 Color Negative Film, possibly replacing the Superia X-TRA 400, with release details and pricing yet to be announced. The film can already be found on various websites, including B&H or Moment, and rumor has it that a roll will be around $10
[COOL] Mickey-Mouse-Kamera : If you hear the term “Mickey Mouse Camera”, would Leica be the first to come to mind? They released a limited Mickey Mouse-designed Q2 camera edition for Walt Disney’s 100th anniversary, limited to 500 units at a recommended price of $6000
[NEWS] Edge integrates DALL-E : Microsoft Edge becomes the first browser to integrate OpenAI’s DALL-E AI image generator, allowing users to create images directly from the browser’s sidebar. Any plans to incorporate that in your photography/project workflow? Let me know at tfttf.com/hi
The James Web Telescope is arguably the best camera.. not on the planet though. Chris looks at zoomable content, at being there and how that’s different from the limited senses that we can capture with our photography. Also: another quick look at DALL-E and what it has to do with pizza.
[PHOTO, SPACE] IR: Areas of star formation : The James Webb Telescope sees more. This infrared image of spiral galaxy NGC 7496 shows the areas that were previously obscured by gas and dust to be star cradles.
[OTHER] Best camera : Ha! xkcd is perfectly right.. the best camera isn’t always the one you have on you. It might be the camera at L2.
[PHOTO] Being there : I had this txt discussion with my friend Jon Miller. It started with the new Insta360 One X2, meandered over to me planning to vlog the scouting tour next month with the iPhone only and ended up on a deeply philosophical level.
[PHOTO, AI] Vox: how dalle2 works and what it means : A great video by VOX talking about how image generators like DALL-E work. For a bonus treat, watch the bonus video mentioned in the video’s description.
[PHOTO, AI] PizzaDalle : A Twitter account showcasing DALL-E by generating pizza-related pictures. I like.
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Chris has now received the magical tool to generate photography out of thin air. But OpenAi’s DALL-E 2 is turning out to be quite a learning curve that is very different from actual photography.
[PHOTO, AI] I’m a Generator : I finally got access to DALL-E 2, OpenAi’s image generator. And boy is it fun. I’m slowly building new neural pathways trying to come up with good prompts. Making progress. Weird is cool. Regular is hard. Faces are difficult. And sometimes they come out weird. I’ll talk about face fixers another time.
[AI, PHOTO] Re-Learning Skills : The way my art brain works makes it surprisingly difficult to come up with prompts that create something good. Seems a new tool isn’t the be-all end-all. Who would’ve though after several decades of photography… oh well. It’s a mix of learning a new tool and changing my brain structure to think differently about photography.
[AI] Semantic Segmentation : Scientists are working on algorithms to assign a label to every pixel in the world, without human supervision. How does that affect photography? Guess what. Your smartphone does exactly that.
[PHOTO, AI] Cosmopolitan cover : Image Generators are going mainstream. This issue of Cosmopolitan has a DALL-E-2-generated cover.
[PHOTO, AI] Behind the Cosmopolitan Cover : Here’s the story of how the Cosmopolitan cover came to be. Turns out tools like DALL-E 2 do require quite some babysitting to produce the desired results.
[WORKSHOPS] Road Trip : Chris is thinking about a 10-day Eastern-Europe Photo Road Trip. Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Transylvania. Small groups (3 max) in a zippy EV. Any takers? Share your feedback!