Shutter Release: Google Street View camera captures landscapes, a paper Olympus camera and more
posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 10:45 AM EDT
Shutter Release is a regular series here at Imaging Resource where we deliver interesting photography content to you in a burst of bite-sized stories. We see a lot of great content but there is not always a good way for us to share it with you via a dedicated news story. Rather than risk you not seeing it, we decided to do the roundup-style "Shutter Release" article.
In today's Shutter Release, we look at how the Google Street View Camera sometimes takes nice photos, how to use the puppet warp tool in Photoshop, removing people from photos in Photoshop, a brilliant paper Olympus camera kit and finally at the latest Adobe Stock visual trends. Let's get that shutter release finger ready and start shooting!
While many of us wish we could travel the world, Google Street View cameras are out there really doing it, navigating scenic roads throughout the world. Granted, they also have to drive all the boring roads too, but nonetheless, Google Street View cameras capture some incredible vistas. A team of software engineers at Google Research wondered if the Google Street View cameras were capturing images that looked like the work of great landscape photographers. Further, they wondered if they could use machine learning to devise a way to easily pick out the best photos. Through a variety of parameters, the team came up with a nice selection of photos, which can be viewed here.
This collection of images raises the question, is photography a matter of luck or are some landscapes just so stunning in certain lighting conditions that it's basically impossible to point a camera toward it and come up empty? The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.
The two videos below come from Jesus Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel. He has a lot of great educational content on his channel, so go check it out.
Japanese paper artist Kamihasami built an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera kit, complete with four lenses, a flash, battery, charger, EVF attachments and underwater housing, using paper. You can even mount the lenses to the camera! This incredible paper craft earned Kamihasami an award at Japan's 26th Kamiwaza Grand Prix last year, an event which attracts Japan's best paper artists. Check out Kamihasami's Olympus camera kit below and click here to see more images.
The latest Adobe Stock Visual Trends report suggests that breaking the rules of composition is big right now. The latest blog post explores how artists utilize angle, balance and perspective to shake things up. But it's not as simple as just ignoring all the rules of composition. Read Adobe's blog post to learn about breaking rules from people in the industry.