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The “Beauty Function” For a More Beautiful You

Beauty FunctionYou just can’t believe anything you see these days.

Researchers from Tel Aviv University have created a computer algorithm that “beautifies” a photograph of a person’s face by making subtle adjustments to ratios that correlate with an objective definition of beauty. As a photographer, you are probably familiar with some of these mathematical formulas (The Golden Ratio) although you may not have thought of applying them to human faces.

It’s inevitable that software like this, for better or worse, will find its way first into products like Adobe Photoshop as a plugin and then eventually into digital cameras. One day, you may even ditch your old-fashioned glass bathroom mirror for a self-esteem boosting all-digital model.

Check out the before and after photos and read the full article at Israel21c.

(via Kottke.org)

Silhouettes: An Old Art Form Made New

Silhouettes were a popular art form in the early 1800s. Film did not yet exist, but skilled artists could look at subjects and then cut out remarkable likenesses using black paper and sharp scissors. People had silhouettes made of loved ones and framed them like portraits. The fad declined in popularity after cameras became more universally available.

Still, silhouetted images can be striking. They are also remarkably easy to create with digital cameras and worth mastering. If overdone, they can be tiresome, but when well done they can be fun.

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Preserve Your Photo’s Colors on the Web

[ Please welcome Michael Fletcher to Photodoto. Mike has been making photographs since junior high and he's been shooting a variety of film and digital cameras ever since. Today, he shoots with a Nikon D2x. Mike goes by the handle disneymike on Flickr where he administers the Nikkor lens group. You can see more of Mike's work on his personal blog disneymike.com and in his Flickr photostream. - JW ]

Have you ever uploaded a photograph from your computer to a photo hosting site or your blog and find the colors seem less or more vibrant and just generally not as impressive as you see on your monitor?

When I first started posting my photographs on the web to sites like Flickr, I noticed that often the colors would look less vibrant and subdued when I viewed them on my browser. Somehow they seemed to lack the pizazz and zip they have when viewing them in Photoshop.

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Adobe shipping free upgrades to Lightroom for Pixmantec Raw Shooter Premium owners

Here’s the email from Adobe:

Dear Pixmantec RawShooter Premium owner,

When Adobe Systems acquired the technology of Pixmantec ApS last year we knew that we had also acquired the high expectations of the devoted RawShooter community. At the time of the acquisition we invited you to join the Lightroom beta program to provide feedback and we are now pleased to offer a free downloadable copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 as appreciation for your input into the beta program and previous efforts with the RawShooter technology.

Please follow these instructions carefully to download your copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0

1. Launch your browser
2. Click on the unique URL or hyperlink at the bottom of these instructions
3. Enter your email address and preferred platform in the space provided and click Continue. (The email address must exactly match the email to which this message was delivered)
4. On the following page please take note of your Serial Number and print or write that information in a safe place
5. Download the Lightroom application and follow the installation instructions using the Serial Number provided

Email: [removed] URL: [removed]

NOTE: This URL is only valid for one download. Please save and backup a copy of this application upon download.

Adobe is currently finalizing a standalone utility to convert RawShooter Premium settings to visually similar Lightroom 1.0 adjustments. Please visit http://direct.adobe.com/ on March 5th, 2007 for further details.

Regards,
Tom Hogarty and the Lightroom Team

Nick Tosches’ Search for Autumn

Vanity Fair ran a fascinating photographic detective story day before yesterday about the author’s year-long quest to discover where a photo used for Windows XP desktop wallpaper was shot and who the photographer was. The seemingly trivial task quickly became an obsession for the author and a small group of volunteers who were blocked by an impregnable wall of secrecy surrounding the origins of the photograph.

Read the full story at vanityfair.com.

Nick Tosches: Autumn and the Plot Against Me: On The Web: vanityfair.com

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