Ingenious ‘FilmLab’ App is the Easiest Way to Turn Negatives Into Digital Files

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May 132017

Software developer Abe Fettig has a winner on his hands. His newly developed app FilmLab makes it easier than ever to turn film negatives and slides of various sizes into digital files without having to touch a scanner, understand wet mounting, or really do anymore more than point and shoot with your smartphone.

Fettig says he created the app for himself. “When I got into shooting film, I started imagining software that would make it easier and more fun to scan and share my negatives with other people,” he says in the Kickstarter video. “About six months ago I started working on FilmLab as a side project, and now I have a working prototype.”

And that prototype is impressive in its sheer simplicity. It really is as simple as point and shoot. No more difficult than scanning prints with a smartphone app like Google’s Photo Scan. Check out the walkthrough video below to see how it works:

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Google adds High Dynamic Range (HDR) video support to YouTube

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Nov 162016

For some millennials, YouTube stars are more important than popular pop musicians or famous Hollywood actors. Older folks may not understand this phenomenon, but it actually makes a lot of sense — YouTube is a platform where many young people spend their time.

Today, Google announces that it is making YouTube even better. The service can already stream video in 4K, and is available on countless devices, but now the videos are gaining High Dynamic Range (HDR) support too. This means the content will be presented with better contrast and more vibrant colors. Of course, the benefits will only be relaized with displays that support HDR.

“Starting today, you can watch YouTube videos in HDR on supported devices, such as HDR TVs with the new Chromecast Ultra, and soon on all 2016 Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs. If you’re using a device that doesn’t yet support HDR, don’t worry, videos will still play in standard dynamic range. As more HDR devices become available, YouTube will work with partners to enable streaming of the HDR version”, says Steven Robertson, Software Engineer, Google.

Robertson also shares, “any creator can upload HDR videos to YouTube. To make sure creators can tell awesome stories with even more color, we’ve been working with companies across the industry. We’ve worked with the DaVinci Resolve team to make uploading HDR just as simple as SDR videos to YouTube. We’ve also outfitted the YouTube Spaces in LA and NYC with all the gear needed to produce great HDR content”.

Google shares the above side-by-side images to show the potential benefits. As you can see, the HDR image on the right is more detailed and vibrant, while the simulated SDR image on the left looks washed-out.

Want to check out some HDR content now? Google shares the following YouTube playlist that contains videos that are already compatible.

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iPhone can now shoot RAW photos, here’s why it’s a big deal

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Sep 152016

Apple and Google have finally agreed on something: RAW photography with DNG files. With the launch of iOS 10, Apple adds RAW support to select iOS devices with DNG (iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro), the same file format many Android users have had access to since the launch of Lollipop 5.0 over a year ago. But what exactly is RAW photography and DNG anyway – and what’s the big deal?

Smartphones traditionally snap the very familiar JPEG file that’s easily (and instantly) shareable. JPEGs are automatically edited and adjusted by the software built into the camera or smartphone so they’re ready to go. The downside is that JPEGs are heavily compressed. RAW file types, such as DNG, on the other hand, are untouched by that automatic software, leaving more of the photo’s data intact. The untouched RAW file, whether opened on a desktop program or a mobile photo editor, offers more flexibility in retouching than a JPEG that’s already been processed. As you might suspect, the tradeoff is that RAW files tend to be very large.

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Google just solved the biggest problem with mobile photography

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Jun 082015


Since 2012, Google’s cloud service Drive has offered 15 GB of free storage space — considerably more than the measly 5GB offered by Apple’s iCloud, which is so often responsible for that infamous “Not Enough Storage” notification iOS users frequently encounter.

I tried automatic photo back-ups to Google Drive for awhile and found it incredibly useful and convenient. For example, I could take a photo with my smartphone, and instead of sending it to myself via email, I could open up Drive on my laptop and I’d instantly find the picture I just took. And being able to bring up my photos on any device with the old Google Photo app was so seamless.

But, that storage space, though large, was still finite, and my available Google Drive space would quickly be used up by photos. It was just a matter of time until I took 15GB worth of photos, and I wasn’t about to manage them by going through thousands of them to delete those I didn’t want. That’s like trying to manage an unwieldy iTunes library in the age of music streaming services like Spotify. Even if I constantly maintained my photo backup library in Google Drive, I’d continually run out of space — and I needed that space for other important things like documents and files.

The thing is, I couldn’t bring myself to pay a monthly fee for additional storage, not when I would eventually run out of that storage space, too. And I already have a bunch of unused storage on my computer I could backup photos to.

So I did. I had to back up photos onto my computer, just to free up space on my phone for new photos. I have a folder on my laptop with about 50 or so gigabytes of photos, and that’s not OK anymore. I don’t want my photo album of memories sitting at home, like people did in the past. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve wanted to bring up a photo while out and about but couldn’t because it was stored on my laptop.

Yet, I still couldn’t bring myself to pay for more cloud storage, either.

Google fixed all of that by letting us store unlimited photos in Google Photos, which was introduced at Google’s developer conference in late May. 

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Google+ scores HDR Scape and Zoom for photographs by Brittany Hillen

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Feb 082014

Google has slowly but steadily evolving Google+‘s photography-centric features, the latest of which includes two much-anticipated additions: HDR Scape, which brings single-click tone mapping to images via Google+ on the Web, and Zoom, which is exactly what it sounds like.

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Google data Centers | Spectacular HDR Images!

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Oct 172012

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