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Perceptual Image Compression at Flickr |

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At Flickr our users really care about image quality.  They also care a lot about how responsive our apps are.  Addressing both of these concerns simultaneously is challenging;  higher quality images have larger file sizes and are slower to transfer.   Slow transfers are especially noticeable on mobile devices.   Flickr had historically aimed for high quality at the expense of larger files, but in late 2014 we implemented a method to both maintain image quality and decrease the byte-size of the images we serve to users.   As image appearance is very important to our users,  we performed an extensive user test before rolling this change out.   Here’s how we did it.

June 2015

DSLR Quality Camera in Your Pocket | DxO ONE |

DxO ONE. The pocket-size camera that pairs perfectly with your iPhone, so you can take amazing photos anywhere.

eyes as big as plates

There are no words to describe the emotional reaction provoked by the ‘Eyes as Big as Plates’ photographs, such is their unsettling nature-fuelled power. Talking to Riita and Karoline, the duo behind the project, we get to know in greater depth what is happening behind the preparation of each project and understand better how they manage to produce these beautiful pieces of work.

April 2015

We All Have Photographic Memories | NextDraft Originals

Avoiding a digitized version of a very public experience from 1980 is hard enough. Avoiding often immediately available digitized versions of our modern experiences is nearly impossible. This is especially true for kids whose entire childhoods seem to be digitally documented. Digital photography provides so many images — and the access to those images is so immediate — that our actual memories or perceptions of a moment can be replaced by a digital memory in near realtime.

Since The 1980s, Jeff Bridges Has Done Something Incredible On The Set Of All His Movies. | The Roosevelts

Since the 1980s, Jeff Bridges has been taking set shots and behind-the-scene photos from all his films with his unique panoramic Widelux camera. His consistency is amazing.

December 2014

The pilots of Instagram: beautiful views from the cockpit, violating rules of the air - Quartz

The pilots of Instagram are internet famous. Their stunning photos of the skies, captured from their unusual perspective inside the cockpit, garner hundreds, sometimes thousands of likes from fans.

November 2014

iPhone 6 vs. Regular Camera … Fight! — Vantage — Medium

Have you noticed something weird about the photos that come out of the iPhone 6? They’re less vibrant, flatter, lacking in contrast compared to shots from the iPhones 5, and to photos from most other phones and point-and-shoot cameras.

July 2014

I Was Hidden on This Guy’s Hard Drive for Over 6 Years

I’m sure people have always been on paths that quietly and unknowingly intersect. Now, with people sharing their passions and experiences more than ever, we can be sure that we’ll meet yet again — or sometime in the future — whether we know it or not.

Gary Hershorn’s Off-field World Cup Album | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told.

A photojournalist explores the cities of Brazil with only a smartphone in hand, and discovers the country’s most mesmerizing moments happen when no one is watching.

Google’s Street View cameras are touring museums and taking weird selfies by accident - Quartz

The curtain slips a bit in the Camera in the Mirror, a new Tumblr project by the Spanish artist Mario Santamaría that collects accidental self-portraits of Google’s hulking cameras while they go about their work. It turns out that museums have a lot of mirrors, and the cameras often photograph themselves in front of them. +

June 2014

Winners of the 2014 iPhone Photography Awards | Colossal

It’s amazing to see the stories we’re now capable of telling with a device that fits in our pocket containing a camera about the size of a dime

Meet AirDog, An Action Sports Drone For Your GoPro Camera | TechCrunch

The problem Latvian startup Helico Aerospace Industries has set out to solve is most homemade action sports videos rely on a camera, such as the GoPro, being strapped on your person or action sports equipment, providing mostly a POV shot only. But, with drone technology, it could be possible to democratise the kind of aerial videos previously the domain of expensive, professional shoots only.

Le blog de l’équipe

Permettez-moi de vous présenter Ousseynou Cissé, auteur du magnifique blog Incartable, musicien et passionné de photographie. Il a gentiment accepté de répondre à mes questions, et de partager avec nous son univers créatif et ses inspirations.

Photographing the Majesty of the Common

Abelardo Morell went from a small Cuban beach town to New York City in 1962. The streets and its people were chaotic, unfamiliar and overwhelming to a 14-year-old exile who barely spoke English. “Suddenly, I’m in the biggest city in the world and it’s crazy,” he recalled. “I remember feeling this is more than I can ever comprehend.”

Bring In a View Like You’ve Never Imagined

for more ways to bring the outdoors into your home? Artists Darius Kuzmickas and Abelardo Morell have you covered. They specialize in camera obscura, a centuries-old technique that takes the idea of a pinhole camera and applies it to an entire room.

May 2014

Are Colorized Photos Rewriting History?

There's been an explosion in the number of colorized photos lately. People find old black-and-white photos online, and meticulously add color to give us a new perspective on history. But recently one colorized image caught my eye after it was tweeted by the notoriously inaccurate HistoryInPics. It's a stunningly colorful view of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1940. But the photo is a lie.P

Meet OTTO - The Hackable GIF Camera by Next Thing Co. — Kickstarter

A customizable camera powered by Raspberry Pi. Make and share camera modes that shoot photos with your unique style.

gabriele galimberti | photographer

Gabriele’s job consists mainly of telling the stories, through portraits and short stories, of people around the world, recounting their peculiarities and differences, the things they are proud of and the belongings with which they surround themselves; social media, in all its forms, is a fundamental part of the research needed to get in touch, discover and produce those stories.

Do you know about Kaodashi-Signboards?

The person and the animal who represents the place are pictured in signboard. As for the signboard, the part of those faces is cut out. You can stick your face trough signboard and take photos.

V Magazine: In honor of Mothers around the world (pt 1 of 2) ...

In honor of Mothers around the world (pt 1 of 2) 'Delicatessen With Love', took photographer Gabriele Galimberti to 58 countries where he photographed grandmothers with both the ingredients and finished signature. view complete gallery on his website

MIT Visualizing Cultures

These photos of men and women from different walks of life catered to foreign curiosity about the "exotic" Japanese. Most were taken in Beato's studio in Yokohama. Album courtesy of the Smith College Museum of Art.

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and works in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia where he spends his time documenting the living world around him, often traveling to remote locations to seek out rare animals, plants, and even people. But it’s his work tracking down some of the world’s strangest and brilliantly diverse mushrooms and other fungi that has resulted in an audience of online followers who stalk his work on Flickr and SmugMug to see what he’s captured next.

April 2014

Researchers Develop Method for Getting High-Quality Photos from Crappy Lenses

There are many reason high-quality lenses cost as much as they do (and in some cases that is quite a lot), and one of them is that high-end lenses use many specially-designed elements that are perfectly-positioned to counteract aberrations and distortions.