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A Guide to Apps That Make Your Photos Look Shitty

There are thousands of photo apps to download in the App Store. Some are great and some are terrible. But it seems apps that’ll make your photos look like a 3-year-old took them are sometimes the most popular. Read More >>

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This Photographer’s Shots of Real Buildings Look Just Like Optical Illusions

Serbian photographer Nikola Olic lives and works in Dallas, Texas, but he also travels the world with a keen eye that’s always looking for unusual angles on buildings and other structures. The result is a collection of architectural photographs that look more like impossible optical illusions. Read More >>

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London Photos Show Just How Long Ago 1990 Was

1990 doesn't sound that long ago, does it? The beginning of the Fresh Prince, Italia '90, Home Alone? But if it's hard to believe it was more than a quarter of a century ago, these pictures should help. Read More >>

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Pouring Random Liquids Into an Aquarium Is Equal Parts Beautiful and Disgusting

Through the lens of a talented photographer, even the most haunting, disturbing, and distressing scenes can be made beautiful. But we can’t decide if photographer Brian Tomlinson’s experiments with pouring random stuff into aquariums looks like a modern masterpiece, or just someone blowing chunks. Read More >>

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10 Photoshop Tricks to Fix Your Worst Photos

Starting out in Photoshop can be scary, especially if you’ve never used a graphics tool as robust as it. With a little effort anyone can learn to be comfortable with Photoshop, but there’s a difference between being comfortable in Adobe’s flagship software and being useful with it. Read More >>

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The Best Apps for Sharing Photos Privately

For a lot of us, the only reason you even snap a photo in the first place is so you can share it with family and friends. The problem is, most of the time you don’t want to blast all of your friends on Facebook or Twitter with pictures from your kid’s birthday party. This can make sharing personal photos a little more difficult. Here's a handful of apps that can help mitigate that problem by making it easier to share more selectively. Read More >>

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Google’s Photo Scan App Makes Backing Up Old Snaps Easy as Hell

This Christmas, there’s a good chance you’ll wind up going through dusty old printed photos with friends and family—photos you can’t see anywhere on the web. That’s because these old photos are usually confined to a shoe box or binder hidden in the attic or storage closet. You might flip through them occasionally, but that’s it. They go right back to their storage place. Google wants to change that by making it easier to make digital backups of these old photos, so you can share them online.
The Photo Scan app launched by Google today for iOS and Android lets you scan printed photos in just a couple of seconds, using machine learning to correct imperfections in the capture process, so that they look great every time.
Here’s how it works: Download the app, and open it up. You’ll see a viewfinder. Hold your phone over the printed photo you want to make a digital copy of, and make sure it fits entirely in the frame. Tap the shutter button once.Next, four white dots will appear on the screen in each corner of the photo you’re backing up. You connect the dots by moving your phone over the dots until they turn blue. After you’ve scanned each individual dot, the photo will be saved within the Photo Scan app and can be saved to your Google Photos library with the push of a button.

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The scanning process is comparable to any flatbed scanner you’d buy at Currys or Maplin, and is good enough so that you can print out backup versions of your old photos without any distortion at all. What the app is doing behind the scenes is essentially taking four images of the printed photo and stacking them all on top of each other. The app automatically removes bright white pixels caused by glares. It identifies glares by looking at pixels that move between each scan. The app automatically applies some other image correction including tweaks to colour, exposure, and more. You can also edit those setting yourself.
In essence, this just made it a hell of a lot easier to backup your photos. For anyone that’s ever tried using a flatbed scanner, you know that it takes hours and can be a huge pain in the ass to setup. Worst of all, the process of scanning is ridiculously slow. The Photo Scan app isn’t at all like that. I tried scanning a few photos during a demonstration with Google representatives, and I was able to capture five photos in about two minutes. It’s ridiculously fast—and that’s why I’ll probably spend most of my time during the holidays helping my parents backup old photos and saving them to the Google Photos library. Read More >>

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Woman’s Stolen Facebook Selfies Made Her an Accidental Porn Advertiser

Australian woman Noelle Martin is fighting a seemingly endless battle with porn sites to have her photos removed, after a series of innocent selfies she'd posted on Facebook were lifted, redistributed around porn portals, Photoshopped into new images and used to advertise services -- all without her permission or knowledge. Read More >>

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Video Claims to Have Caught Banksy in the Act

Banksy, the mysterious artist who does all the clever ideas and hates big corporations and the government etc,, has apparently been caught on camera by a lady who papped him doing his graffiti art thing on a wall in Australia. Read More >>

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The Four Best Apps to Organise Your Phone’s Photos

It’s nice having a camera on-hand anywhere you take your phone, but organising all of those pictures can turn into a chore. Luckily, there are a handful of apps that make it easy to clean up you phone’s storage in just a few minutes. These four apps are specifically built to organise your photos with very little effort at all. Read More >>

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Apple Photos vs Google Photos, What’s Better?

Nothing is more important to us than our precious digital photos, so keeping them stored safely in the cloud is crucial. The problem is, both Apple and Google have great photo-storage services, and it’s hard to know which one is actually better. Here’s how Apple Photos and Google Photos stack up against each other. Read More >>

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How To Turn Your Smartphone Into Photoshop

You don’t necessarily need Photoshop or a desktop computer to employ eye-catching photo editing techniques. You just need your regular smartphone and a well-chosen app to go with it. Here are some of the best tricks you can do with the gadget in your pocket, with no expert training required. Read More >>

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10 Tricks to Make Yourself an Apple Photos Master

Apple’s slow evolution of its Photos app — Camera Roll, iCloud library and all — has been a little confusing for users at times, but with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra now on the horizon, it’s finally settling down into a coherent, reliable service. Read More >>

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This Is What Rio Looks Like on the Eve of the Olympics 

The 2016 Summer Olympics are scheduled to kick off in Rio de Janeiro in two weeks. The Games will undoubtedly draw many people, both in person and via broadcasts. But while the events themselves are the attraction, a new photo series from the Associated Press shows the devastating reality of what’s happening just beyond the Olympic Village in Rio’s violent, gang-dominated slums. Read More >>

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Eight Tricks to Take Better Photos With Your Phone

In the never-ending quest for great mobile photos, it can be tempting to ditch the camera app that comes with your phone for something far more advanced and exotic. However, if you know what you’re doing, you can get some high-quality results from the default camera app on your iPhone or Android device — and here’s how. Read More >>