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By Raffy Paredes

Facebook has updated its mobile app for both iOS and Android with support for capturing and sharing 360° photos without any extra hardware required. It has been possible to upload and view 360° photos since May last year using images created on other devices, but now the Facebook app can handle the 360° capture itself. The update brings a new “360 Photo” option to the share section at the top of the app. Tapping it will launch an interface similar to that seen when shooting a panorama on your phone. You’ll be instructed to hold your phone steady as you spin around, keeping the graphic centered onscreen. When you’re done, you will be able to select a “start point” for the first frame of your image, before sharing it on your timeline or saving it as your cover photo. You will also be able to tag your friends as with a regular photo. Facebook says that the feature has already begun rolling out worldwide, so you should start seeing it on your devices shortly (PetaPixel).

  • Payong Point Sunset (Woody Sarmiento)

  • Untitled (Ivan Aratas)

  • Untitled (Jay ann Magno)

  • Untitled (Chito Madamba)

  • Untitled (Arnel Cruzada)

  • Unique (John Leo P. Vina)

  • Topkapi (Roli Talampas)

  • Faces (Melvin Anore)

  • Untitled (Stephen Denz Dia)

  • Untitled (Justin Reyes)

    COOPH, a community-focused online mag about photography recently came up with 10 predictions of what they believe the future holds for photographers:

    1. Stronger Sensors: Cameras will have sensors with hundreds of megapixels in resolution, extremely high ISOs for night vision, and possibly even a curved design superior to flat ones.
    2. Smaller Cameras: Future cameras may be completely flat with no moving parts.
    3. More Photojournalism: As cameras become more and more accessible, there may be greater storytelling.
    4. Closer Integration: Contact lens cameras and other innovations may help cameras to integrate directly into the human body.
    5. Intelligent Cameras: You may be able to control cameras with eye movements and even brain waves.
    6. More Versatile Lenses: Shape-shifting camera lenses and cameras covered with lenses may be what the future has in store.
    7. Alternative Energy Solutions: Cameras may generate their own energy, perhaps through solar panels.
    8. New Formats: We may project photos as holograms, especially with 3D holographic display technologies.
    9. Smarter Software: Programs may choose, edit, and share our best photos for us, taking humans more and more out of the creative process.
    10. Return of the Vintage: Old technologies often seem to make comebacks, and DSLR cameras may soon be considered a vintage technology in the history of photography (PetaPixel).

    Avid’s Media Composer, the editing suite of choice for TV and movie professionals now has a free version. Avid Media Composer First works in most respects pretty much the same way as its pro cousin, and only comes with a few limitations in terms of image resolution and available editing tracks. There are four video and eight audio tracks, and exports are limited to Quicktime H.264 or DNxHD file formats at 1080p resolution and a frame rate of 59.94 fps. So if you’re looking to output 4K video, Media Composer First is not for you, but you can input 4K files if some of your raw footage was recorded at high resolution. Visit http://www.avid.com/media-composer-firstto know more and to download the software(DPReview.com).

    And now to our featured readers with two new contributors.

    Jay ann Magno, operations  assistant at the Department of Student Life, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde sent in an untitled photo of an architectural design pattern. She shares: “My love in photography started when I was in high school and became a photojournalist of our school newspaper. I used to cover school events and eventually explored different aspects of photography. I believed that it’s not about the camera that you are using but the passion and knowledge that you have on what you want to do and what you believe you can do.”

    From Chito Madamba is an untitled “nice serene beach picture shot in Rapu-rapu, Albay.” “The Philippines is beautiful indeed,” he writes.

    Other photos on today’s page come from regular readers and previously featured contributors.

    The untitled black-and-white photo of two women comes from Arnel Cruzada. “During my stay in Cebu, I did some photowalk,” shares Arnel. “‘Di ko naiwasan na kunan ng picture ang dalawang ale na ito.Kahit umuulan naghanap pa din akong paraan makuhanan ko lang sila.”

    Ivan Aratas submitted the untitled black-and-white photo of a biker in front of a church. “Gusto kong ituloy ang pagpitik ko at pagmamasid ko sa pang-araw-araw na buhay,” Ivan writes. “The photo was quick and luckily it fulfilled my desired intention to fill that frame. This photo is inspired by Joel Meyerowitz’s photo.”

    Contributing the untitled black-and-white photo of two kids with umbrellas is street photographer Justin Reyes. He shares: “Rainy season is my greatest weakness in photography. The mobile phone I use for photography isn’t waterproof. Long exposure to rain might malfunction my phone but I ain’t afraid of that. After all, for me photography is about taking risks, risking for the perfect moment.”

    On his photo titled “Faces.” Melvin Anore writes: “Every face has a story. We see hundreds of people each day and we give very little thought to the stories their faces have to say.Capturing all these emotions and ‘stories’ into a photograph is an art in its own. It takes a hawk’s eye to recognize such situation and take the photograph that is worth a thousand words. #ShootShareInspire always.”

    Woody Sarmiento sent in the photo, “Payong Point Sunset.” His accompanying caption reads: “Sunset never ceases to amaze me. It always reminds me of what I have accomplished at the end of the day. And what should I start at the beginning of the next day. Who doesn’t love a view of its beauty every time the sun says goodbye.It’s always leaving us with a bang of speechless amazement. The colors, the hues, the contrasts, and best of all, the memories it will carve in everyone’s heart. This is what this shot is all about. Taken at the snakey coral reef (with lots of coral sea snakes) of Payong Point in Nasugbu,Batangas.”

    Stephen Denz Dia, of Tanauan City, Batangas shares an untitled photo of his cousin playing in the mud. The macro photo titled “Unique” comes from John Leo Vina. And from UP professor, Roli Talampas, is “Topkapi” taken during a trip to Istanbul, Turkey.

    Readers may now view issues of Picture Perfect including this column at www.mb.com.ph. For comments, suggestions or just to share an image or idea, email throughalensclearly@yahoo.com or rfyparedes@yahoo.com.

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