By Raffy Paredes
Let’s Enhance is a new free website that uses neural networks to upscale your photos in a way Photoshop can’t. It magically boosts and enhances your photo resolution like something straight of CSI. The service is designed to be minimalist and extremely easy to use. The homepage invites you to drag and drop a photo into the center (once you do, you’ll be asked to create a free account). Once it receives your photo, the neural network goes to work, upscaling your photo by 4x,removing JPEG artifacts, and “hallucinating” missing details and textures into your upscale photo to make it look natural. You’ll need to wait a couple of minutes for the work to be done,but it’s worth the wait. Visit https://letsenhance.io to upload your photos (PetaPixel).
Another site using AI for photo enhancement but only for images taken with smartphones is http://phancer.com.The webpage belongs to a group of scientists in Switzerland who have created a neural network that aims to automatically enhance low-quality phone snapshots into “DSLR-quality photos.” The scientists first trained a deep learning system on what makes a “DSLR-quality photo” by shooting photos of the exact same scenes using both smartphones (the iPhone 3Gs, BlackBerry Passport, and Sony Xperia Z) and a DSLR (a Canon 70D). Next, they also trained the system using a large set of DSLR-quality photos unrelated to the smartphone photos. The results created using the large set of photos was superior in key ways to the set shot onlocation with the DSLR, which “shows that training benefits from a data diverse dataset (different sources) of high-quality images with little noise levels, rather than a set of images from a single high-quality camera,” the scientists say. So instead of using a giant dataset of original and enhanced pairs of photos, the system only requires a single set of photos from a new smartphone to operate since it’s trained using a set of high-quality photos that can be completely unrelated to the source camera photos (PetaPixel).
Untitled (RJ Abella)
The Rice Granary of Davao Oriental (Ramil Gregorio)
Saan Patungo (Woody Sarmiento
Powder and Pesto (Lennox Lente)
No Trick, Just Treat (Robert Bryan De La Rosa)
Nagsasa Cove (Marisol Reyes)
Kiltepan Peak, Sunrise (Jay-Rness Ceria)
Untitled (Ryan Eduard Benaid)
Untitled (Fitz Borre)
Sunset Over Manila Bay (Vinod Thomas)
Sad news for film camera enthusiasts is Fujifilm’s decision to abandon certain film stocks in the coming year.The first round of product culls begins in March. Several three and five packs of film are being killed off, although single rolls should still be available. The move from multi packs to single packs sure would be a good way to squeeze every penny out of those rolls that they can before stocks run out (DIYphotography.net).
And now to our featured readers.
Marisol Reyes, a CPA and a photographer sent in her photo of Nagsasa Cove in Zambales.
From hobbyist photographer Jay-Rness Ceria of Quezon province is the panorama photo, “Kiltepan Peak, Sunrise” taken in Sagada, Mountain Province. He shares that he always travels around the country due to his work as a product development support in an agribusiness firm.
Lennox Lente shares a photo of his cats, Powder and Pesto “showing some TLC.” “People should do the same too!” writes Lennox.
RJ Abella writes that his black-and-white untitled photo of SOCOM troops in training is his tribute of gratitude to the Philippine Army.
The Halloween photo “No Trick, Just Treat” comes from Robert Brian De la Rosa. His description reads:“The Moon has awoken, with the sleeping sun, the light has been broken,the spell has begun. Trick or Treat and be so sweet. Give me something sweet.Good to Eat. Andriana Mae in her freakish cute witch costume during their Halloween party on Oct. 22, 2017.”
Woody Sarmiento submitted the photo, “SaanPatungo.” “Meeting new friends with the same passion is such an awesome moment to be remembered,” shares Woody. “This photo was taken at our photowalk in Real, Quezon. Chasing light is one of the most challenging tasks a landscape photographer loves to do. After our Milky Way shot at around 3-4 a.m., we had a five-minute nap and woke for this beauty of sunrise in the said place. Headache is nothing when we saw the roaring waves of the beach that blends perfectly to those enormous rock forms.”
Ramil Gregorio sent in the photo “The Rice Granary of Davao Oriental.” From street photographer and writer Ryan Eduard Benaid is an untitled “minimalistic photo” taken in Intramuros.
Dr. Vinod Thomas, PhD, currently visiting professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy contributed the photo, “Sunset Over Manila Bay.” And the untitled photo of a woman sweeping the entrance stairs of a restaurant in Japan comes from Fitz Borre.
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