By Obinna Heche
It is a well know fact that digital cameras can do things film cameras cannot, displaying images on a screen immediately after they are recorded, storing thousands of images on a single small memory device, recording video with sound and deleting images to free storage space. They are incorporated into many devices ranging from pdas and mobile phones called camera phones to vehicles. They have high power requirements and over time have become increasingly smaller in size, which has resulted in an ongoing need to develop a battery small enough... click here to read the rest of the story
Software developer MacPhun has announced a new app for Mac OSX users that comes with 30 photo filter effects, and which is being offered as a free download. The Filters for Photos application can be downloaded as an extension to Apple’s own Photos program or as a standalone product. It provides one-click effects in a similar way to Instagram, and comes with sketch, oil painting, color tones, black and white, and grain styles - among others. Once applied the filters can be down-played and adjusted according the characteristics of that effect, and users can apply multiple filters to a single image.
When finished, filtered images can be exported directly to social media or other MacPhun and Adobe software programs, or they can be saved to the hard drive.
Filters for Photos can be downloaded from: macphun.com/filtersforphotos.
Macphun's new extension for Photos makes Photos for Mac more creative and fun
Filters for Photos adds 30 creative photo filters, and is available for free
Macphun, a leading photography software developer has today launched a new free app, Filters for Photos. The new software works as a Photos for Mac extension, as well as standalone software? it gives users the ability to add sketch, analog, vintage, and many other filters to their photos in a single click.
The software is the next step in Macphun’s continued support for Photos for Mac. Macphun was the first software developer to launch the Photos extensions in September, 2015. And now all the bestselling Macphun apps work as extensions (Aurora HDR, Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, Noiseless).
About Filters for Photos
Filters for Photos is available as a free download exclusively from the Macphun Store. It introduces 30 creative filters to suit every hobby photographers’ style? from sketch to oil painting, vintage to rainbow palette. Users can adjust and tweak every filter, plus apply the filters to a certain part of the photo, quickly export their creations to other photo editors, or share via the social media and email.
Apple Photos for Mac is the default photoediting software for every Mac user, and Macphun aim to accelerate the user experience with this exciting new extension. There are 8 default filters in Photos for OS X with limited styles. Filters for Photos by Macphun is changing that.
In addition to 30 new filters, users will be able to:
- Selectively apply filters with the custom brush
- Preview all the changes in real time
- Adjust and tune filters
- Mix filters, creating new creative styles
- Export to social media
- Export to other photo software by Adobe, Apple and Macphun
Why Filters For Photos?
Macphun have introduced Filters For Photos in response to the popularity of oneclick presets and filters in Macphun’s other software. FX Photo Studio by Macphun (available for both iOS and Mac OS) features over 170 different filters? it has over 2 million monthly active users, and a total of over 25 million downloads. Over 65% of people, who use Aurora HDR, Intensify and Tonality, use oneclick presets to give their photos the necessary look in no time. So there’s definitely a high demand for editing tools that allow a quick change of the look of the photo.
Filters for Photos integrates with the Photos for Mac user experience, and helps more people be creative with their photography, without spending anything. Filters for Photos is available as a free download from macphun.com/filtersforphotos
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Getty Images, one of the largest photo agencies in the world, has filed a complaint with the European Union’s Competition Commission because Google won’t budge on making high resolution photographs freely available from its Images search engine. Getty says that as users can see images in high resolution via the results window in Google Images there is no incentive for searchers to click through to the owner's website. Getty maintains that the practice of showing searched images at high resolution deprives websites of traffic, while also making it easier for Google users to download and use images without paying a license fee to the copyright owner.
In an open letter posted on the Getty Image's website, the companys General Counsel, Yoko Miyashita, says 'Our complaint focuses specifically on changes made to Google Images in 2013, which have impacted the competitiveness of our business by siphoning off traffic and promoting piracy – to the detriment of the 200,000 contributors who rely on us to earn a living. On a broader scale, this has impacted the interests of content creators around the world, allowing Google not only to profit from their work, but also to reinforce its role as the internet's dominant search engine and thus maintain its monopoly power.’
The changes Miyashita mentions, that were made in January 2013, are those which saw Google shift from serving searchers a thumbnail sized image to allowing users to see and download full-sized images. The service even allows users to specify the size of image they want to see. Getty argues 'Once an image is displayed in high-resolution, large format, it is immediately consumed – there's very little reason to go see it somewhere else. This format change immediately diverted traffic away from Getty Images, and from the websites of Getty Images' customers and those of other image creators, deterring users from leaving Google's platform to engage with content through legitimate sources. This, in turn, negatively impacts content creators' ability to monetize users' interest through licensing and advertising, and reduces the level of reinvestment available for the creation of new content.'
Getty says it has been in talks with Google for three years, but that Google's attitude has been that image creators should either accept the search engine's terms or opt-out of image search. Getty says it is fighting to protect its interests and those of its contributors, but also to protect the entire image-making industry.
Getty's complaint is part of a wider investigation of Google by the European Competition Commission in which the search giant faces questions about restrictive practices in the way it serves search results as well as the compulsory apps that come with devices using the Android operating system.
For more information, and to read Yoko Miyashita's open letter, see the Advocacy page on the Getty Images website.
Getty Images to file competition law complaint against Google
Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, will today file a competition law complaint against Google Inc. with the European Commission. The complaint follows on from Getty Images’ submission in June 2015, when it joined as an interested third party in support of the European Commission’s existing investigation into Google’s anti-competitive business practices.
The Commission’s current proceedings against Google are wide-reaching, with Google accused of distorting search results in favour of its own services. This affects a myriad of industries, from media companies like Getty Images, to comparison shopping and travel websites. Just last week, a further set of proceedings were issued against the search engine, to address Google’s business practices around its Android mobile operating system.
Getty Images’ complaint focuses specifically on changes made in 2013 to Google Images, the image search functionality of Google, which has not only impacted Getty Images’ image licensing business, but content creators around the world, by creating captivating galleries of high-resolution, copyrighted content. Because image consumption is immediate, once an image is displayed in high-resolution, large format, there is little impetus to view the image on the original source site. These changes have allowed Google to reinforce its role as the internet’s dominant search engine, maintaining monopoly over site traffic, engagement data and advertising spend. This has also promoted piracy, resulting in widespread copyright infringement, turning users into accidental pirates.
Getty Images’ General Counsel, Yoko Miyashita says: 'Getty Images represents over 200,000 photojournalists, content creators and artists around the world who rely on us to protect their ability to be compensated for their work. Google’s behavior is adversely affecting not only our contributors, but the lives and livelihoods of artists around the word – present and future. By standing in the way of a fair marketplace for images, Google is threatening innovation, and jeopardizing artists’ ability to fund the creation of important future works. Artists need to earn a living in order to sustain creativity and licensing is paramount to this; however, this cannot happen if Google is siphoning traffic and creating an environment where it can claim the profits from individuals’ creations as its own.'
Miyashita continues: 'Getty Images believes that images have the power to move the world by spurring action and driving change. It is key that these issues with Google are addressed and that the dominant search engine in Europe leads users to legitimate sources for imagery, rather than creating an environment that benefits Google alone. A fair marketplace will allow photographers to continue to capture the ground-breaking imagery that informs and impacts the world every day.'
Getty Images firmly supports a more image-rich, digital world, but one that recognizes and remunerates the content creators who create this imagery. In 2014, Getty Images launched its embed tool, which revolutionized the visual content industry by making imagery available for easy, legal sharing at no cost for non-commercial use. This embed functionality provides consumers with an easy, legal alternative to the 'right click,' an alternative that ensures the content creator is appropriately credited for their work and that the image is clearly traceable to Getty Images in the event that a user wishes to license the image for a commercial purpose.
Visit Where We Stand to learn more about how Getty Images is working with policy makers and industry groups to defend intellectual property and ensure a fair marketplace for content creators.
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The enthusiast compact market has exploded over the last couple of years, with almost every manufacturer offering a product with a 1"-type sensors. Most of those cameras are small (and sometimes pocketable) and feature fast (but short) lenses. They also vary in terms of design, control points, video specs and whether they have an EVF, so you'll have some decisions to make. In this roundup, we'll try to help.
Here are the cameras that we'll be covering in this article:
- Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
- Canon PowerShot G5 X
- Canon PowerShot G7 X
- Canon PowerShot G9 X
- Fujifilm X30
- Fujifilm XQ2
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100/TZ100
- Sony Cyber-shot RX100
- Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
- Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III
- Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV
As mentioned above, the majority of offerings in this category utilize 1"-type sensor, however two cameras offer even larger sensors. The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is built around the largest sensor of the bunch at 1.5", while the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 uses a slightly smaller Micro Four Thirds chip.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the two Fujifilm options use significantly smaller 2/3" sensors, which is important, because sensor size can be a major indicator of potential - particularly lowlight - image quality. Also, cameras with larger sensors will generally allow for much more control over depth of field.
To further help you pick the right camera in this class, we've also created the chart below, which breaks down the equivalent aperture for each camera, as you work your way through the zoom range. Our article here explains the concept of equivalence, but at a high level all you need to know is that the lower the line is on the graph below, the blurrier the backgrounds you'll be able to get and typically, though not always, the better the overall low-light performance.
|This graph plots equivalent focal length against equivalent aperture - with both axes taking sensor size into account so that they can be compared on a common basis. Equivalent focal lengths offer the same field-of-view and equivalent apertures give the same depth-of-field and similar total light capture. For more information, click here.|
On the following pages, you'll find what we liked and didn't like about each camera, links to our test scenes for image quality comparisons, and real-world galleries to give you a sense of how each performs outside the lab.
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