photography

Dark side of the Pluto captured by New Horizons

Today NASA reveals an image of Pluto that captures the night side of the dwarf planet. Unlike our own moon, the dark side of Pluto isn't quite such a prevailing "mystery" as it rotates. We've essentially seem at least blurry images of all parts of Pluto. This image captures the dwarf planet's atmosphere. From the side of the spherical space body that's facing away from the sun at the time of image capture, this photo was taken after NASA's New Horizons mission had already completed its closest pass.

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Frontback app shuts down, front-facing cameras weep

The app Frontback is announced to be winding down after two years in service. This app started with an idea, an idea that if you were taking a back-facing photo, you should also be taking a front-facing photo at the same time. Therein you'd have a product that captured not only what you were seeing, but yourself in that environment as well. Today that dream is over - in a social networking sort of sense, at least. Today the Frontback community closes its doors.

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Lightroom for Android gets slew of bug fixes, new features

Adobe has pushed out an update to its Lightroom for Android app, improving the mobile photography offering by both fixing some bugs that plagued the previous version and adding in new features that increase the app's usefulness. This brings the app up to Lightroom 1.2. Image editing, among other things, is promised to be faster in this version by allowing users to copy adjustments from one photo and paste them onto another. We’ve details on the rest of the changes after the jump!

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Google+ Photos is over: export while you can

This afternoon Google made the official move to shut down Google+ Photos once and for all. This move comes soon after the opening of the doors to Google Photos+, effectively moving the addition sign from one place to the other in the name, but making a relatively big move of their Photos business in the process. For people still using Google+ Photos with the social network, there's a period of time where you'll be able to switch over the photos and videos you've got stored with the service to the new environment. Google has not yet set a deadline for movement.

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Panasonic working on Post Focus feature and new lenses

Panasonic is talking up some of the new products that it is working on and one cool new feature. The new feature is called Post Focus and it will allow users to select an in-focus area after they shoot an image using a simple interface. Panasonic says that the reason this feature is being developed is to prevent out-of-focus errors with 4K photography and to offer more creative freedom.

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Canon PIXMA MG3620 prints straight from Instagram

Canon has a new PIXMA printer and it’s the first one that can print directly from Instagram accounts. This gives mobile photographers with a fondness for printed photographs a way to print out their favorite Instagram shots without having to use their laptop or third-party software. It’s the Canon PIXMA MG3620 Wireless Inkjet all-in-one printer, and it works in conjunction with Canon's mobile PRINT app. If Instagram isn't your cup of tea, the printer and app are also compatible with Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, and a bunch of other services.

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Selfie sticks blamed for death caused by lightning

Selfie stick users beware. It isn't just Disney and museums who have vendettas against the contraption. It seems Mother Nature as well has taken issue with the monopods. Or at least the Brecon Beacons mountain range in Powys, Mid Wales has a beef with the stick. In two separate events around the same mountain, two men died after being struck by lightning. One of them was allegedly using a selfie stick at the time, giving rise to theories that this accessory could be an effective but lethal lightning rod.

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Another trip to the USSR’s space rocket graveyard

Photographer Ralph Mirebs once again enters off-limits Russian space launch facility ground in Kazakstan at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This time he's not at Site 112A with the USSR's versions of the space shuttle. Instead, he's just a hop, skip, and a jump away at the launch silo for Энергия-М, aka "Energy-M". In the image you see below, the tower we're entering here stands in front of the building we entered late last month with Mirebs at Site 112A with shuttles aplenty.

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Instagram now storing higher resolution photos

Good news for Instagram fans, or just users who are tired of the social network's small resolution for displaying photos: the service is now storing images at a size of 1080 x 1080 pixels, a big increase over the previous 640 x 640 resolution. Unfortunately, both the mobiles apps and Instagram's website are still displaying photos at the smaller size by default, but it was discovered that the larger sizes can still be found by playing around with the web view's source code.

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GoPro HERO4 Session slims action cam but loses 4K

GoPro may have updated its action cameras recording capabilities over the years, but it's taken the arrival of the new GoPro HERO4 Session to finally slim things down. 50-percent smaller and 40-percent lighter than GoPro's existing HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, the HERO4 Session can shoot up to 1080p60 video or 8-megapixel stills and is backward-compatible with existing mounts. However, what you won't need is a case, since the Session is waterproof by design.

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Nikon’s new DX 16-80mm borrows flagship FX lens tech

Nikon's DX lenses may usually be overshadowed by their more expensive and higher-spec FX cousins, but the benefits in hand-me-down tech are starting to show. The company has revealed its AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR, the first DX-series lens to get things like Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat, while also echoing FX-series features such as its lengthy 24.120mm focal length. The anti-shake vibration reduction system can even spot if you're using a tripod and switch its settings accordingly.

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See your own photos through the eyes of Google’s AI

Last month the trippy so-called “dream” photos created by Google’s Artificial Neural Networks took the Internet by storm, and the response was split down the middle: some found the photos, which include things like a “pig-snail” and random faces, to be fun and creative while others found them creepy. If you’re skewed toward the former group and want to see what your own photos look like through the eyes of AI, you’re in luck. A new tool gives you a peek.

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