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Ho acquistato ai miei figli per le festività natalizie questo gioco e, per evitare inutili discussioni, ne ho prese due scatole. Almeno in prima battuta mi è sembrato un regalo simpatico e alternativo rispetto ai classici giochi moderni. Il problema è che la descrizione del prodotto, molto dettagliata, risulta priva di un fondamentale aspetto e cioè che la quantità di chiodini contenuta all’interno della scatola non è sufficiente per riprodurre le foto personali caricate.

Mi spiego meglio dopo aver scattato la foto desiderata, questa deve essere caricata sul sito della Quercetti, un’operazione molto facile, basta seguire le istruzioni intuitive, allegate nella confezione. Il problema sorge quando il programma deve genera la sequenza dei colori che si deve stampare per poi riprodurre con i chiodini, il sito riferisce sempre un’insufficienza di chiodini e che per riprodurre la foto si devono necessariamente acquistare altre confezioni aggiuntive (a seconda dei colori mancanti). Ho provato a caricare diverse foto, riducendo al minimo la superfice della stessa, ma il sistema registra sempre insufficienza di chiodini nella scatola e propone l’acquisto di un’altra scatola.

Le uniche immagini che sono riuscita a caricare sul sito e far riprodurre ai miei ragazzi sono quelle presenti a titolo esemplificativo nella sezione “Pixel Art Gallery”, dove si trovano alcuni esempi di foto che si possono realizzare con le 4 schede di montaggio e i chiodini a disposizione nella scatola.

ASPETTI POSITIVI
– Originalità del gioco;
– Prezzo adeguato;
– Possibilità di disfare e riutilizzare i chiodini per realizzare altre immagini;
– Semplicità di realizzazione;
– Risultato finale buono.

ASPETTI NEGATIVI
– Se acquistate la confezione da 4 schede occorrono chiodini aggiuntivi per riprodurre le foto personali. Su tale aspetto fondamentale, non ho trovato nella descrizione del prodotto nessuna informazione;
– Dopo aver stampato le schede, l’inserimento dei chiodini è abbastanza ripetitivo e noioso;
– E’ presente uno strumento che dovrebbe facilitare l’inserimento dei chiodini nelle schede ma che in realtà risulta inutile e poco funzionale;
– Dopo aver inseriti alcune file di chiodini occorre fare una pausa in quanto i polpastrelli delle dita dei bambini iniziano a fare male;
– I chiodini pur essendo inseriti nelle schede sono in realtà solo appoggiati e non bloccati, quindi occorre fare attenzione perché gli stessi, a volte, possono uscire dai loro fori.

CONCLUSIONI
I miei figli dopo aver inserito un po’ di righe, spesso si sono fermati per far riposare le dita, niente di grave ma questo, insieme alla ripetitività del gioco che richiede molta pazienza, li ha fatti a volte desistere dal proseguire. Solo con il mio incoraggiamento e aiuto siamo riusciti a portare a termine il lavoro e a realizzare il muso di cagnolino con una foto presa dal sito della Quercetti. Il quadro visto da vicino appare come un ammasso di colori senza senso ma visto da lontano non è male. Devo dire che sono sinceramente rimasta delusa dalla Quercetti, per carità l’idea è molto originale, con istruzioni “passo passo” chiare e dettagliate ma non mi è sembrato serio e forse un po’ “furbetto” sorvolare sull’aspetto determinante della reale quantità di chiodini necessari per realizzare le foto personali, con le 4 schede a disposizione.

Pixel art: 31 retro examples

Pixel art is a type of digital art that harks back to the early days of computer graphics, where there were only a limited number of pixels on screen, and so any visuals you created looked quite crude and blocky. What was once a negative, though, has now become a positive, as a generation nostalgic for the graphics of 1980s and 1990s games brings the style back to life in new and interesting ways. 

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best pixel art around. They range from outright tributes to beloved videogames to harnessing the pixel art approach to create something original and new. Just like with Lego art, it seems like there’s no end of ways that creatives can reinvent a discipline and bring their own unique take to it.

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01. Knights of Sidonia by Johan Aronson

A cult Japanese comic and animation inspired this cool slice of pixel art (Image credit: Johan Aronson)

Studio art director at Mojang game studio, Johan Aronson is well known for his world-class 2D pixel art. This eye-catching artwork pays tribute to Knights of Sidonia, a groundbreaking space opera manga series by Tsutomu Nihei, which spawned an anime series that attracted a cult following within the game developer community.

02. Landscape by Jubilee

This stunning landscape was inspired by Studio Ghibli (Image credit: Jubilee)

Jubilee is one of our favourite pixel artists right now, for managing to combine pixel art with a painterly approach and create work that feels both instantly familiar and freshly original. Inspired by the animation of Studio Ghibli, this landscape is filled with magical promise.

03. Jungle Temple by Richard Schmidbauer

Like many pixel art creators, video games were a big influence on Schmidbauer (Image credit: Richard Schmidbauer)

A freelance games artist from Germany, Richard Schmidbauer has developed a clean style of pixel art that leans into the constraints of the medium to produce beautiful, impressionistic pieces. With its clear computer game influences, this evocative Jungle Temple scene is a great example of his approach.

04. Pixel China Mountains by Matej Jan

Jan says that in his pixel art, the art comes first, pixels second (Image credit: Matej Jan)

Matej Jan started drawing digitally on his ZX Spectrum computer in the 1990s, and now edits a blog dedicated to pixel art called Retronator. His own work ranges from images packed with witty pop culture references to detailed landscapes that push the medium to the limit, such as these delightful Pixel China Mountains.

05. The Witness by Pixel Jeff

The Witness is based on Netflix series Love, Death and Robots

Pixel Jeff is a pro pixel artist from Taiwan whose portfolio is varied and vibrant, ranging from cityscapes to Disney princesses. The Witness is a pixel art tribute to the Netflix series Love, Death and Robots, and has the feel of an action-packed video game we can’t wait to play!

06. Corporations by Kenze Wee Hon Ming

Pixel art at its most atmospheric and intricate

A freelance illustrator from Singapore, Kenze Wee Hon Ming has an impressive portfolio of work on his Behance page. Inspired by the art of Romain Trystram, his art centres on different places around the world.

07. Pixel Art TV by Gustavo Viselner

Stranger Things reimagined in pixel art form

Gustavo Viselner is an Israeli pixel artist, and his series Pixel Art TV captures pivotal scenes in classic TV shows, accompanied by quotes from the dialogue. The charming series journeys across a whole range of genres, from modern shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Stranger Things to old favourites like Friends and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

08. Emotive Pixels by Prateek Vatash 

Vatash’s designs take pixel art into a new dimension

This lovely geometric design forms part of an ongoing project by Indian graphic designer Prateek Vatash. Here, Vatash takes pixel art to a new dimension, moving away from flat pixels and into single-colour cubes, whilst still retaining a retro feel.

09. Pixel Britain by Holiday Cottages

Eight quintessentially British scenes get a retro makeover in this collection of 16-bit pixel art to promote holidaycottages.co.uk. The set depicts locations all over the UK, from the White Cliffs of Dover all the way up to Glenfinnian Viaduct, as if they’d been chewed up and spat out by an Atari.

10. Pixelomics

Dušan Čežek is a Czech pixel artist with some super-popular 8-bit pixel projects under his belt. The GIF above is taking from his superhero collection Pixelomics, and it’s quite astonishing how few pixels he needs to make his characters instantly recognisable.

11. Dark Side by Roman Gonzo

The Star Wars villain stand-off we’d all like to see, in pixel art form

Ukraine-based animator Roman Gonzo has built a reputation for superb pixel art, which he creates using Photoshop on his Wacom. This image captures stylised versions of Star Wars villains Darth Maul, Jango Fett and Darth Vader.

12. Street Fashion Fighter by Joojaebum

Street Fashion Fighter mixes celeb couture with arcade-era punching

South Korean designer Joojaebum first caught our attention with a splendid take on classic arcade game Street Fighter 2. In his follow-up projects Street Fashion Fighter, the artist kitted out the game’s main characters in the hip threads of present-day celebrities, including Drake, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. 

13. Intro to Pixel Art by Mishko

A glitchy, psychedelic twist on pixel art

Also known as Mishko, Nevan Doyle is a videographer, graphic designer and photographer from Oregon who specialises in eye-catching abstract designs with the occasional touch of glitchy cool. His Intro to Pixel Art mixes up pixel techniques with glitches, grunge and visual feedback to stunning effect.

14. Science Kombat by Diego Sanches

Diego Sanches is a Brazilian illustrator based in São Paulo with a great sideline in pixel art. We particularly love these animations, which he created for Science Kombat, a browser-based beat-em-up game for Superinteressante magazine. It features eight playable scientists, including Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie and Sir Isaac Newton, each with their own basic and special attacks.

15. Moana by Pixel Jeff

We love Pixel Jeff’s work so much, we couldn’t just limit ourselves to one entry on this list. So here’s his colourful take on Disney’s Moana, beautifully reimagined as a video game that we’d love to be able to actually plan. Scroll down his blog post and you’ll see further fun takes on blockbuster movies.

16. Bopping Pixels by Ian Dixon

Ever wondered what your favourite characters would look like if they were reduced to pixels, and bounced up and down? Wonder no longer, as pixel Illustrator and GIF-maker Ivan Dixon has turned his attentions to everyone from Prince Geoffrey to Tin Tin in his weirdly mesmerising project, Bopping Pixels.

17. Star Wars by Gustavo Viselner

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope gets a pixel art makeover

Another great piece by Gustavo Viselner, this is one of his many tributes to a galaxy far, far away. Opinions may be split on some of the prequels and sequels, but every Star Wars fan can get behind this scene from the original 1977 movie, as Obi-Wan trains Luke and Chewie and C-3PO play holographic chess.

18. Pixel Dailies by Ben Porter

One 365 pixel art creations were created as part of this year-long project

Game developer Ben Porter loves pixel art so much that he launched Pixel Dailies, an online club for pixel art. Each day, he’d tweet out a theme, and others would get involved creating artwork on that topic. He kept this up for a whole year, and the results can still be see on the dedicated Twitter account. 

19. Bugroid by Nasc

Half-bug, half-android, all cute

Web developer Nasc specialises in Flash development and Android, and creates pixel art in his spare time. We love this Bugroid project, which turns popular cartoon characters into cute pixel art creations that are half-bug, half-Android: everyone from the Simpsons to the Care Bears.

20. Night by Waneella

Background artist Waneella produces pixel-based visual landscapes with fantasy-inspired possibilities. Titled ‘Night’, the subtly animated scene shown above is typical of her work, and showcases her ability to combine seemingly basic colour, squares and movement to create original and dynamic worlds.

21. Pixel Pour by Kello Goeller

Goeller’s piece takes the art of the pixel into the real world

For her Pixel Pour project, Portland-based visual artist Kello Goeller took the concept of the pixel and cleverly worked around it into the real world. Her water-flowing pixels were installed around the city, offering citizens a playful visual and imaginary context to bring both worlds together.

22. Fine Pixel Art by John O’Hearn

Visual artist John O’Hearn works with tiny elements to create impressive and life-size scale works by exploiting the potential of colour, elements and illusion. His Fine Pixel Art video, shown above, offers a great example of his creative genius.

23. Steve Jobs by Metin Seven

Seven’s work combines pixel art with 3D elements

The work of Metin Seven combines design and pixel art with 3D elements, with dynamic and detailed results. This depiction of Steve Jobs reinterpretation is an marvellously appealing example of what he’s capable of.

24. Rug by Cristian Zuzunaga

Cristian Zuzunaga plays with pixels in innovative ways

Cristian Zuzunaga provides an original take on pixels, combining them with fashion, textile design and furniture. His beautiful use of colour and pattern with squares in this stylish rug takes pixel art in a refreshing new direction.

25. Talk to Me mural at MoMA

MoMA bridges the gap between design and communication using pixel art

Back in 2011, MoMA used simple square combinations to create a vivid and interesting pattern mural based on objects from its exhibition, Talk To Me. Featuring icons created by YooIn Cho and Samuel Sherman, there’s a dynamic feel to  this design that really got visitors excited to see the main event.

26. Mouse icon by Ben Fino-Radin

Ben Fino-Radin shows how pixels can inspire and drive various areas of design

This life-size, hand-embroidered piece of design by New York-based artist Ben Fino-Radin is part of a collection that explores ideas of size and shape through life-size mouse icons.

27. Quetzalcóoatl by Mario Sifuentes

Mario Sifuentes uses pixel art to create his own interpretation of a pre-hispanic God

Mexican designer Mario Sifuentes created this interesting and beautiful interpretation of Quetzalcóoatl, a pre-Hispanic God. Inspired by the visual style of 1990s video games, this piece takes simplistic elements and creates something quite complex and magical.

28. Berlin poster by Eboy

A typical piece by Eboy, the godfathers of pixel art 

Australian artist Paul Robertson’s intricate illustrations include everything from childlike, family friendly pieces to some which are really NSFW. Whether it’s candy colourful, like the piece above, to bizarre, dark and disturbing, everything he touches seem to pixel art gold.

29. Pixel Art Land by Gary Lucken

Gary Lucken’s pixel art is inspired by videogames and more

British videogame enthusiast and artist Gary J Lucken is influenced by Japanese toys, old 2D videogames and pop culture. His blog Army of Trolls is packed full of his evocative and magical pixel art works.

30. CGA Faces by Sven Ruthner

Sven Ruthner hones his focus with a limited colour palette 

Based in Germany, freelance pixel artist Sven Ruthner has received international appreciation for his pixel artwork. He’s known for using limited colour palettes, similar to the offerings of early home computers, such the ZX Spectrum. This particular piece was created using just 16 colours.

31. Robinson Nerdo by Tim Wesoly

Tim Wesoly’s pixel art characters are beautifully distinctive

Tim Wesoly is the lead developer of 3D pixel art modeller Qubicle. When not working on his software, he spends time using it to create pixel art, such as this cool Robinson Nerdo character. The illustration is deceptively complex; you’ll find yourself noticing new things each time you look at it.

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The Pixel Art Copyright Conundrum — Thomas Fitzgerald Photography

A rather interesting conundrum has arisen over the last few days with regards to photographers, artists and copyright. As I straddle the fence between photographer and artist, I find it quite difficult to decide where I should stand on this case. If you haven’t read about it already here it is in a nutshell. Web designer Andy Baio created a tribute album of miles davis songs done in the style of early 8bit audio. The project was one of kick starter’s early projects and was by all accounts a success. For the cover art Andy commissioned a friend to create an 8bit “pixel art” rendition of the original cover of the album on which the tribute album is based. Andy did his best to make sure everything was above board including properly licensing all the music. Unfortunately it never occurred to him that he needed to license the original cover.
This is where things get murky.

The original album cover was shot by famed New York photographer Jay Maisel. Strangely enough, I have only recently discovered Jay’s work. He has two videos on Kelby Training which offer a fascinating insight into the mind and work of this 80 year old artist. I was blown away after watching them as to the creativity and mind of Jay. I say this because since this story broke people have been saying some ridiculous things about him and personally attacking him on his Facebook page and on twitter without having any clue as to the person they are attacking. So why are they attacking him?

Maisel, or lawyers representing him sued Andy for use of his photograph. Andy tried to claim that it was within fair use rights but ultimately settled for $32,500. Not an insignificant amount to Andy, who actually made no money from the Album in the first place. In his own words:

After seven months of legal wrangling, we reached a settlement. Last September, I paid Maisel a sum of $32,500 and I’m unable to use the artwork again. (On the plus side, if you have a copy, it’s now a collector’s item!) I’m not exactly thrilled with this outcome, but I’m relieved it’s over.

But this is important: the fact that I settled is not an admission of guilt. My lawyers and I firmly believe that the pixel art is “fair use” and Maisel and his counsel firmly disagree. I settled for one reason: this was the least expensive option available.

Since this story broke there has been an outpouring of support for Andy and an equal outpouring of hatred towards Jay Maisel. As I said in the start of the piece, I’m not entirely sure where I should stand on this. Part of the problem here is that this story was picked up by Gizmodo, and in typical Gizmodo fashion, rather than actually reporting on the facts of what happened they portrayed their opinion of the event as the facts of the case and insanity inevitably followed. Had this been reported on by a real news organization, an actual reporter would have at least attempted to contact Jay Maisel for a statement. Gizmodo’s piece was entirely one sided and inflammatory, and people have since started posting hateful, obscene and personal attacks on Jay Maisel’s website. (I’ll remind you again, Jay is an 80 year old)

Having said that, I do think he was wrong in this case. I understand artists have to protect their work, but I think the handling of this was way too heavy handed. People defending Jay and saying it was just a photoshopped version of the picture are mistaken. People think pixel art is done with photoshop filters, but it is not. It’s a painstaking process of hand drawing and is actually quite difficult. I think the problem with this is that the result was too good, but I think it’s important to make clear, this wasn’t some clever photoshop process. It was a hand drawn piece of original art.

Secondly, the issue I have is why Jay Maisel is the one suing him, and not the record company. When I do a piece of work for a client and get paid for it, it’s theirs. Im not saying there shouldn’t be copyright protection but surely it should be columbia records choice to sue, after all they would have paid for it. I think this is why he never considered the rights of the artwork, because most people don’t realize that the photographer retains the rights even when someone else is producing a product featuring that photograph and already paid for it. As a photographer, I don’t want anyone stealing my work, but If someone did something like this as an homage I’d actually be pretty flattered.

The other issue here is the way it was handled. There was no reason to peruse it all the way to a huge financial settlement. They could have just agreed that it was a mistake and stopped using it. Clearly he had made the efforts to work within the law and he made no money off the Album. I think this aspect is what has upset people the most.

The problem with this kind of case is how far does it go. At what point does it become ok, and does a piece of art become art in itself. In the videos Jay did with Scott Kelby Jay talks several times about taking photos of unique buildings and he also spends a good deal of time photographing a particularly striking building lobby. You could just as well argue that he is infringing on the rights of the architects who designed those buildings, or the interior designer who designed that lobby. They too are artists, so why should they be afforded any less protection.

At the end of the day, I think the reason so many people have been upset by this is that it’s a clear case of wealth rules. It seems to point out that Copyright depends less on art and fair use than it does on who you are and how much money you have.

How to Make Pixel Art in Minecraft « Minecraft :: WonderHowTo

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One of the easiest ways to get your creative juices flowing in Minecraft is pixel art. Pixel art uses various blocks in Minecraft to create pictures. These pictures are typically scenes from retro video games given the bit map style of art that those early games utilized, but they can truly be anything—from original artwork to copies of Michelangelo. 

How to Create Pixel Art

Creating pixel art is fun and simple. Probably the best blocks to use are the wool blocks, given their multicolored nature. To begin, think of your blocks as colors in a painting and place them on a flat vertical surface (depending on the desired effect). The more blocks you use, the more detail you can create, this is why video game art works so well on the small scale.

If you want to make 8, 16, or 32-bit pixel art, simply find your favorite picture in said genre and copy it block by block into your game. It helps to throw a grid on the image sometimes to further clarify how many “pixels” or blocks should go in each area of your image. 

(1) Here is a mushroom from Super Mario Bros. that I want to copy in game. I place a grid over it in paint to simplify the process. (2) Here I simply counted each black block and it’s position and filled it in. (3) This was followed by filling in the white sections… (4) Finally, I filled in the red. It’s as simple as that.As rudimentary as pixel art may seem, you can make some pretty cool pictures with it, like this video game inspired art by user thecorrupted.

The best thing about pixel art is that you don’t need any artistic talent to make cool stuff, but that doesn’t mean some very creative people haven’t applied their talents to the art. There is some really detailed and original work made from pixel art.

(1) This rendition of Bowser was done by hand by user Pandorum. (2) This awesome phoenix was created by user Madmatt22790, (3) This pixel art picture by user Zaratustra looks very realistic!Please enable JavaScript to watch this video.This pixel art mash up video by user AzureNotes contains over 300 examples of great pixel art!

If you want to make some detailed pixel art, but don’t want to spend the time and effort, thinkminecraft.com will convert any image to use as a template or upload as a schematic and place on a server. 

Feel free to come on the server and experiment with your pixel art. When you log on, type “/warp pixelart” in chat and paint away!

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Fine Art America and Pixels Legit? – Dogford Studios

UPDATE: Since writing this article my art sales and photography sales on Fine Art America and Pixels have now reached over 2,000+ sales of prints, framed artwork, cell phone cases, tote bags and more.  I market my work on just about every platform – Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, Tumble etc. https://www.dogfordstudios.com/milestone-1200-art-photography-sales-pixels-fine-art-america/

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I was searching around on Bing the other day for Fine Art America because they’ve been doing some tweaking of the site code and changing their name to Pixels from Fine Art America lately and it seems that Google is fine with the change but Bing is not indexing the new site.

Anyway, long story short, I noticed one of the top “related searches” was “Fine Art America is it legit?”.

I figured I could answer that. I’ve been selling on Fine Art America and Pixels since June of 2011. In that time frame I’ve sold about 800 pieces of artwork. It took a while to get my name out there to start selling. First I had to figure out that artwork doesn’t sell itself and there are thousands of other artists wanting to sell their work also. It takes a lot of effort to stand out from the crowd.

It starts with doing first class work, of course, but then it takes time and marketing to get noticed and to have your work viewed by customers. Just uploading and waiting for sales doesn’t work.

Basically Fine Art America and Pixels is a database of artwork that is printed on demand. It allows the artist to offer their artworks via digital files which can be purchased by customers in a dizzying array of prints, matted artwork, framed artwork, metal prints, canvases and a variety of products.

The majority of the artwork and variation is handled by a firm in High Point, North Carolina called Graphik Dimensions Ltd. They have been servicing the art world for over 30 years and provide outstanding printing, framing and shipping services for Fine Art America and Pixels. I’ve bought a lot of my own prints, metal prints and framed art for shows via my own FAA store (www.edwardfielding.com) and the quality has always been top notch.

The products have been more of a mixed bag as the tote bags, cell phone cases, t-shirts and pillows come from a variety of subcontracted vendors. I don’t think the quality has been as consistent. Fine Art America found an amazing partner when they initially started working with Graphik Dimensions. The product expansion is new so I’m sure eventually the kinks will be worked out with the new product suppliers.

I can understand an artist approaching the site or any site with caution. There are so many of these POD type sites popping up everyday and you don’t know who to trust with your electronic files.

But I’ve found working with Fine Art America that they are very transparent with the artists. You have full access to sales reports, balance sheets and the pay outs have always been on time.

Sometimes new artists don’t understand the time it takes for a sale to clear. Because Fine Art America and Pixels have a 30 day money back guarantee on all products, the artist is not paid until after this period has passed and they might have to wait a bit longer because the payments are processed once a month on the 15th.

On the buyers side, there is the 30 day money back guarantee so you are protected. As a print and framed art buyer from Fine Art America and Pixels myself, I’ve found that every order I’ve placed has been perfect or they have redone it to my satisfaction. Except for a tote bag I ordered which came printed wrong and the replacement bag took about 30 days to arrive. This was during Christmas and the tote bag vendor subcontracted by FAA seemed a bit over their head with the rush of holiday orders. Hopefully this will be better next Christmas season.

Fine Art America runs a efficient operation which keeps the costs down and allows the artists to keep more profits then they would at other POD sites. The downside of this approach is the customer service staff seems overwhelmed and slow to respond. If you have a customer service concern you are most likely to have to wait 12 hours or so for a response and don’t expect to here back from them on the weekend. Other sites have live customer service chat windows, but they also have investor money to pay for it.

So in summary….

Is Fine Art America and Pixels legit? Yes. It is a real company and real art transactions occur every day. Artist upload their work and market themselves to bring in buyers. Buyers can buy purchase a wide array of printed work, framed artwork, canvases and more. Part of the profit goes to Fine Art America/Pixels but the majority goes to supporting the actual artist.

The artists can upload 25 or less images for free or pay $30 a year for unlimited uploads. The payments to artists are made after the 30 day guarantee in case any returns are made. Personally I’ve only had maybe 1% returns.

Is the Satisfaction Guarantee legit? Yes, I’ve used it myself. When a metal print I ordered for a show was off color, they mailed me a new one. When a tote bag I ordered had a printing error, they mailed me a new one.

Problems? The company operates like a small family business. There are thousands of participating artists, subcontractors that number in the hundreds of employees but the head office is run with a small staff of less than 10, so you do run into problems with the site being quirky now an then but it keeps things running cost effectively which means more money in the artist pockets instead of going to pay for overhead.

Rip Off? I’ve seen a few online rants about Fine Art America or Pixels being a rip off but typically its because of one of the following:

1. The “artist” posts bad work and expects it to sell by magic (i.e. they don’t do any marketing).
2. The artist is an unstable mental person who gets into some beef with forum moderators or feels in someway slighted. So they are out for revenge.
3. They are trying to rip off FAA/Pixels. The typical scam is when a con-artists opens an account and then using a fake credit card to order a bunch of their own artwork. They think that FAA/Pixels is going to pay them immediately and then when they realize they won’t get paid for these fake orders they go crazy online.

From the buyers standpoint I can’t imagine any cries of “rip-off” because the return policy is so liberal. You have 30 days to decide if the artwork matches your sofa or not.

So why sell your art on Fine Art America and Pixels?

For me the top reasons have been:

1. Easy to use interface
2. Transparency of the sales information
3. Variety of museum quality printing and framing choices I can offer my customers
4. Ability to create my own branded storefront – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/
5. Helpful artist members

Places for improvement would be in beefing up the customer service staff and promoting the artists more.

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Save and Share will allow you to share your photo on any of the social media platforms.

Download this app now and give your photos the stunning look.

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Pixel Studio is a new pixel art editor for artists and game developers. Simple, fast and portable. No matter whether you are a beginner or a professional. Create amazing pixel art anywhere and anytime! We support layers and animations and have a ton of useful tools – all you need to create cool projects. Use Google Drive to sync your work between different devices and even platforms. Join Pixel Network™ – our new pixel art community! Don’t doubt, just try it and make sure you’ve chosen the best pixel art tool ever! Over 2.000.000 downloads around the world, translated to 23 languages!

Features

  • It’s super simple, intuitive and user friendly
  • It’s cross-platform, use it on mobile and desktop with Google Drive sync
  • Use layers for advanced pixel art
  • Create frame-by-frame animations
  • Save animations to GIF or sprite sheets
  • Share arts with friends and Pixel Network™ community
  • Create custom palettes, use built-in or download palettes from Lospec
  • Advanced color picker with RGBA and HSV modes
  • Simple zoom and move with gestures and joystics
  • Use Portrait mode for mobile and Landscape for tablets and PC
  • Customizable toolbar and a lot of other settigns
  • We support Samsung S-Pen and Apple Pencil!
  • We support all popular formats: PNG, JPG, GIF, PSP (Pixel Studio Project), ASE (Aseprite)
  • Autosave and backup – don’t lose your work!
  • Discover a ton of other useful tools and features!

More Features

  • Dark Theme
  • Shape Tool for primitives
  • Gradient Tool
  • Built-in and custom brushes
  • Sprite Library for your image patterns
  • Tile Mode for making seamless textures
  • Tile Mode for brushes
  • Symmetry drawing (X, Y, X+Y)
  • Dot Pen for precise drawing with a cursor
  • Text Tool with different fonts
  • Dithering Pen for shadows and flares
  • Pixel art rotation with Fast RotSprite algorithm
  • Onion Skin for advanced animation
  • Apply palettes to images
  • Grab palettes from images
  • Mini-map and Pixel Perfect preview
  • Unlimited canvas size
  • Canvas resizing and rotation
  • Customizable background color
  • Customizable grid
  • Multithreaded image processing
  • JASC Palette (PAL) format support

System Requirements

  • 2GB+ of RAM for large projects and animations
  • Powerful CPU (AnTuTu score 100.000+)

Sample images made by lorddkno, Redshrike, Calciumtrice, Buch, Tomoe Mami are used under CC BY 3.0 license.
90,000 The largest photos in the world 14 works at 2,000 gigapixels! – Russian photo

We present to your attention our selection of the largest photographs in the world. You will need FlashPlayer to view them. You can download it separately or use the Google Chrome browser.

Photo-panorama of the Moon – 681 GPK.

NASA is the absolute champion in composite photo size.In 2014, the agency published a 681 gigapixel panorama of the moon. On June 18, 2009, NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to map the lunar surface and collect measurements of potential future landing sites, as well as for scientific purposes.

You can view the panorama on the website.

Photo panorama of Mont Blanc – 365 GPK.

At the end of 2014, an international team of professional photographers led by Filippo Blegnini made a circular panorama of the mountain range between France and Italy – Mont Blanc, the second highest mountain in Europe after Elbrus.

It consists of 70 thousand photographs! Photos taken with a Canon EOS 70D with a Canon EF 400mm f / 2.8 II IS telephoto lens and a Canon Extender 2X III. The creators of the giant panorama claim that if printed on paper, it will be the size of a football field. This is the largest gigapixel photograph taken on earth to date.

You can view the panorama on the project website.

Photo panorama of London – 320 GPK.

The panorama was compiled from 48,640 individual images taken with four Canon 7D cameras and posted online in February 2013.Preparation for the experiment took several months, and the shooting took place over four days. Pictures taken by British Telecom from the top of the BT Tower, located in central London on the north bank of the Thames. Photographed by 360cities.net experts Jeffrey Martin, Holger Schulze and Tom Mills.

You can view the panorama on the website.

Photo panorama of Rio de Janeiro – 152.4 GPK.

The panorama was taken on July 20, 2010 and consists of 12,238 photographs. It took the author almost three months to upload the final image to gigapan.org!

You can view the panorama on the website.

Photo panorama Tokyo – 150Gpk. Fo

Panorama by Jeffrey Martin, founder of 360cities.net. The panorama was created from 10 thousand different images taken from the observation deck of the Tokyo Tower TV tower.In its creation, the photographer used a Canon EOS 7D DSLR and a Clauss Rodeon robotic machine. It took two days to get 10 thousand frames, and three months to bring them into one panorama.

You can view the panorama on the website.

Photo panorama of the Arki National Park – 77.9 GPK.

The author of the panorama is Alfred Zhao. “Arches” is a national park located in the USA, Utah. There are more than two thousand arches formed by nature from sandstone.It took 10 days of processing to create the panorama, 6 TB of free hard disk space and two days of uploading the final image to the site. The photo was taken in September 2010.

You can view the panorama on the website.

Photo panorama of Budapest – 70 GPK.

In 2010, a team of enthusiasts sponsored by Epson, Microsoft and Sony created the largest 360-degree panoramic photography in the world to date.The project was named “70 Billion Pixels of Budapest”. The 70-gigapixel photo was taken for four days from the city’s 100-year-old observation tower. The panorama was more than 590 thousand pixels wide and 121 thousand pixels high, and the total number of images was about 20 thousand. Unfortunately, the link to it does not work right now.

Photo panorama on Mount Corcovado – 67 GPK.

This photograph was taken on Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located.The photo panorama was taken in July 2010 and was created from 6223 frames.

You can view the panorama on the website.

Photo panorama of Vienna – 50 GPK.

The gigapixel photo panorama of the Austrian capital Vienna was created in the summer of 2010. It took 3,600 shots to make it, but the result was worth it.

You can view the panorama on the website.

Photo panorama of Marburg – 47 GPK.

Marburg is a university town with a population of about 78 thousand.The panorama took 5,000 shots, which were taken with a Nikon D300 camera with a Sigma 50-500 mm lens from a 36-meter tower. Each of the photographs has a size of 12.3 Mpc. It took the author 3 hours 27 minutes to shoot, and the total amount of information he received took up 53.8 GB on the hard disk.

You can view the panorama on the website.

Milky Way – 46 GPa.

For five years, a team of astronomers from the Ruhr University used an observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert to track our galaxy and create a giant 46 billion pixel photograph from images of the Milky Way.The image weighs 194 GB.

You can view the panorama on the website.

Photo panorama of Dubai – 44.8 GPK.

Panorama by Gerald Donovan. Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. To create the panorama, we used a Canon 7D camera with a 100–400 mm lens. The author worked for over three hours in 37-degree heat and took 4250 photographs.

You can view the panorama on the website.

Photo panorama of the backyard – 43.9 GPK.

4048 panoramic photographs were taken on August 22, 2010 in the village of Round Lake, Illinois, USA. The author, Alfred Zhao, used a Canon 7D camera with a 400 mm lens. It took two hours to shoot, but it took about a week to process the photos.

You can view the panorama on the website.

Photo panorama of Paris – 26 GPK.

Panorama by Martin Loyer.At the end of 2009, an interactive website www.paris-26-gigapixels.com appeared on the Internet, which has a huge gigapixel photo panorama of Paris with a very clear resolution, consisting of 2346 photographs, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the image of this city and see its sights without leaving the house.

You can view the panorama on the website.

90,000 AI-generated pixelated photograph of AOC in bikini taken from paper highlights the danger of AI-generated photographs • The Register

At a Glance Today’s artificial intelligence can automatically fill in a photo of someone’s face, generating what the program predicts like the rest of their body.

As a research paper, however, it has been noted that these neural networks are biased, presumably due to their training data. This means that when you show this code to a woman’s face, it will most likely automatically fill it in in a bikini or other revealing clothing. White people are usually shown with tools, while black people are depicted with weapons.

To highlight this issue, US newspaper authors Ryan Steed of CMU and Eileen Caliscan of George Washington University showed the OpenAI-generating iGPT, a portrait of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from a photo shoot in which she was in business attire.and the program recreated her in a variety of poses, most of which were in a bikini or plunging top. These fake images were included in the newspaper, albeit pixelated.

This “shows how the careless and unethical use of a generative model such as iGPT can lead to fake sexual depictions of women (in this case, politics),” the researchers noted.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology apologizes and continually pulls from the web a massive amount of data that has taught AI systems to use racist, misogynistic insults.

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The document was presented at the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency and gained public attention after it was uploaded to Arxiv last week. covered in MIT Tech Review. It also pointed out to scientists that perhaps ethically popularizing the ability of artificial intelligence systems to fake images of a prominent U.S. House of Representative Democrat who has already faced a flurry of harassment online was not such a good idea.

Caliscan acknowledged these concerns and said the duo will resubmit their talk at the ACM conference with a deleted image as an example. The Arxiv preprint has also been updated accordingly.

The couple studied Google SimCLR and OpenAI iGPT. The latter, for example, depicted women in swimwear or low-cut tops 53 percent of the time, while men were shown shirtless or in revealing clothes only 7.5 percent of the time. Men were shown in suits or professional attire in 42.5% of cases.OpenAI discusses bias in its software here.

“This behavior may be the result of sexualized images of people, especially women, in images on the Internet,” the researchers wrote, “and serves as a reminder of the controversial history of computer vision with Playboy spreads and objectifying images.” They concluded: “These results serve as a caveat to computer vision practitioners using transfer learning: pretrained models can include all types of harmful human biases, from how people are portrayed in the learning data, and the choice of model design determines whether whether these prejudices and how they spread to the detriment of downstream “.

Questionable Facial Analysis Audit HireVue

While the controversial HR startup HireVue has included a face analysis feature in its software that assesses the potential performance of job applicants, it defended its technology by stating that an external audit showed its algorithms showed no bias – but it doesn’t appear to be. so.

This investigation by O’Neil Risk Consulting & Algorithmic Auditing (ORCAA) is now public although you need to provide contact details to obtain it.“After looking at the copy of the ORCAA audit, I do not believe it supports the conclusion that all HireVue assessments are impartial,” said Alex Engler, Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution on AI and Democracy. wrote to Fast Company.

“The audit was narrowly focused on a specific use case and did not consider the ratings for which HireVue was criticized, including facial analysis and employee performance forecasts.”

Although HireVue has stopped using face recognition for job seekers, it continues to use other machine learning algorithms to analyze candidates based on their speech style and voice tones.

Tracking AI Computing Worldwide

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is creating a task force to measure and monitor the amount of computing power allocated by the country for the use of artificial intelligence technologies.

Neural networks have grown in size and complexity as algorithms have improved, training data has grown, and computer hardware provides the memory, bandwidth, and processing power needed to combine it all.

All of this requires systems and energy and is not something that countries can ignore when planning public investments and strategies.

“Think of it this way: if no one was measuring resources like electricity or oil, it would be difficult to build national and international policies around these things,” said Jack Clark, former director of AI policy at OpenAI and former Reg a hack working on an OECD project, VentureBeat said.

AI brings deceased Korean singer back to life

South Korean startup Supertone has recreated the dead singer’s voice using machine learning for an upcoming TV show.

Kim Kwang Suk, who committed suicide in 1996, will return to the stage to sing a new song with a live pop star for an episode titled “Competition of the Century: AI vs Human.” The show will focus on the achievements of modern computers and compare their abilities with those of mortals.

Supertone said it uses a vocal voice synthesis model, which, as the name suggests, learns to mimic people’s voices as they sing. The system was pre-trained on 100 songs by 20 singers before it was adapted to Kim Kwang Suk’s style, CNN first reported.

Below is an overview of the TV show – skip the clip to 37 seconds to listen to the demo. ®

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90,000 Why isn’t the Google Pixel camera for everyone? – Wylsacom

The main reason I bought a Google Pixel smartphone is the camera.Google claims this is the smartphone with the best camera available today. I argue that everything is not so simple.

For photos this is a good option, for video it is a bad option.

But this is not about video recording, it is about something else. The criterion for evaluating a smartphone camera according to Google is the final shot. The criterion for evaluating a camera in a smartphone for me is a huge list of qualities.

How to choose a smartphone for mobile photography?

A smartphone is a versatile device.Even when we talk about photography, we mean different processes: we look at the photo on the smartphone screen, post-processing is also on it. That is, mobile photography in the ideal sense is not only the final shot, but a long journey accompanied by various “adventures”. What questions do you need to answer to get the most out of your smartphone’s photographic capabilities? I’ll try to list the key ones:

  • How quickly does the camera start up?
  • Is it convenient to take pictures with this device?
  • How fast is a frame taken?
  • Is burst shooting available and how is it implemented?
  • How long can a smartphone shoot without freezing (yes, this is important)?
  • How does the screen of the device behave during shooting?
  • How does the device screen behave when viewing a photo?
  • And what can you do with a photo after taking it, and can you do anything with it at all?

This list can be continued for a long time, but let us dwell on specific points and analyze them in detail.

How quickly does the Google Pixel camera start up?

Fast. There are no complaints about the launch of the camera. Can be started from the Power key by double pressing. The Pixel’s controls aren’t laid out in the most convenient way, though. Power is located above the volume keys and you often get confused about what you press, especially when you are in a hurry trying to fire up the camera in an attempt to photograph a flock of birds in flight. The best solution for taking pictures would be to put the sound keys on the left side of the smartphone, leave the Power key on the right side.

Is it convenient to take pictures with this device?

I’m not comfortable. I prefer and recommend everyone to take pictures using the physical volume keys, on the Pixel they are located far from the right hand, it is not convenient for the left. With the right one you do not reach the buttons, with the left you have to reach through the Power key.

How fast is a picture taken?

Everything is very peculiar here. The Pixel camera’s highlight is its HDR + mode, which doesn’t forgive you wobbling and shooting on the go.If you shoot at night, you will have to stand still for even longer, otherwise you risk getting poor gluing. Yes, gluing is a noticeable disadvantage in the camera mode.

Here’s an example, what you see before shooting a frame on the screen will not correspond to what you get at the output, because all the post-processing and magic HDR + works after the shooting, without your knowledge and processes the photo in the gallery in the background. You can see this if right after taking a photo you go to the Google Photo application and see a round pictogram of the photo editing process in the upper right corner of the photo thumbnail.

Is there continuous shooting and how is it implemented?

Continuous shooting is available, it is poorly implemented. Fast moving objects are difficult to capture, there will be a lot of frame loss due to the rather slow burst shooting. There is nothing surprising here, every photo in the series tries to be processed by the HDR mode in the same way.

But of all Android smartphones, the Pixel has the best experience in previewing episodes. Almost as easy to use as the iPhone.

How long can a smartphone shoot without freezing (yes, this is important)?

The

Nexus and Pixel are the first smartphones that let me know how difficult it can be for even a flagship smartphone to take long shots.

With an active reportage or just a tourist shooting, for example, for 40 minutes, the smartphone hangs tightly. Either the RAM is running low, or the camera module is overheating. It was not possible to find out until the end. This was the case with my Nexus 5x and Nexus 6p, and this is the case with the Pixel.

The

iPhone runs for hours on end, until either memory or battery power runs out. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge takes photos for an infinitely long time, only video recording for 1 hour can cause the camera application to stop.

How does the Pixel screen behave when shooting?

As I said, when you hover your Pixel camera over an object you will see one thing, but in the end you will get another. This is not good, but not bad either, because the final photo will turn out better than what you saw before the camera shutter was released.

This is misleading, because when photographing a landscape, I must immediately understand what I will do with this photograph after. How will I handle it? Maybe I need to change the angle?

When shooting in the dark, the image on the smartphone screen can be scary, in dark places there are wildest noises and interference that will not be visible in the final picture, but what you see makes it clear that Google has been tricky with the Pixel camera.

How does the device screen behave when viewing a photo?

A very important parameter for taking pictures with a smartphone is the screen. What looks good on your device’s screen can look bad on hundreds of thousands of people. If you are planning to publish your photos on social networks, remember this. Pixel uses AMOLED matrix and this is not the best solution. The photos look cold, only the black tint looks realistic. People with Pixel on hand may disagree with me.Everything comes from comparison, and if you take a Pixel and compare it to an iPhone or Galaxy, you know what I’m talking about.

And what can you do with the photo after taking it, and can you do anything with it at all?

This is the biggest problem with the Pixel camera. You must understand that if post-processing is in the first place on your list of hobbies, as it happens with me, then Pixel is not your option.

Google Pixel gives you a pre-processed and highly optimized image.I agree that for most people, Pixel photos don’t need to be processed at all. The pictures taken on the Google Pixel have amazing detail and great dynamic range, captured and admired.

But if you “recolor” the photo in your own way, then difficulties will begin. Pixel photos are heavily compressed, subject to compression, and Google’s image processing algorithms do the thinking for you. I think you understand that you can’t handle a heavily processed photo by smartphones themselves.Photos are pouring in before our eyes, contrast and details are lost.

For example, a photo created on a Samsung Galaxy S7 is also difficult to process due to aggressive Samsung algorithms, the photo will also start to crumble during processing, but this happens until you turn on the RAW shooting mode, which is there initially. In addition, the Samsung Galaxy S7’s image processing algorithm is hidden deeper from the user’s eyes, it is not visible, in contrast to the strange ritual of stitching a photo in HDR + on the Pixel right in front of the user’s eyes.

Google Pixel camera has no manual settings, forget about long and fast shutter speeds. Also, there is no RAW mode, which just could help for post-processing. The following difficulty follows from this. It would be possible to use third-party software that can shoot in RAW and twist the camera settings manually, but the HDR + mode will not work there, and all the magic of the Pixel camera is tied to it.

One conclusion follows from this, the Google Pixel camera lives on due to a software function that prevents this camera from taking a step to the right or a step to the left.Google has relied on software and software training, which, by the way, sometimes fails and two identical images may look different.

Conclusion

Here I want to make a small and useful afterword. All aspects that I have described will certainly interest a minority of people.

For the average person, the Googel Pixel camera is enough for the eyes, but this camera will take great pictures for you. After all, who is interested in photo editing now? Only for enthusiasts, and there are not so many like me.

But if for some reason you decided to join the world of mobile photography with your head, I will explain how to make a choice in the direction of one or another device.

Hence the answer to the question of which smartphone to choose: if you don’t give a damn about most of the items on this list, take the Pixel and don’t think about it. If you are one of those people who ask questions on my Instagram “how was this photo taken?”

90,000 Tips for Editing Photos in Digital Photo Professional

5. Lens correction

DPP Lens Correction Tools can be used to manually correct chromatic aberration, distortion and other lens artifacts with simple and effective sliders. However, this procedure can be automated and a number of additional adjustments can be added to it using digital lens optimization using lens metadata – just download a free profile for each of your lenses.

“This is an incredibly powerful feature,” says Mike. – Digital lens optimization with lens profile allows you to correct diffraction effect and the low-pass filter used by the camera, as well as aberrations specific to the selected lens model. This feature is much more effective than third-party lens profiles as it also removes glow, coma and axial chromatic aberration. ”

In the Lens Correction toolbar, verify that the Yes icon is displayed next to Lens Data.If not, click the curved arrow on the left, select the lens with which the image was created, and click Start to load the missing lens profile. When finished, check the box next to Digital Lens Optimizer. Use the slider to adjust how strong the automatic profile correction effect will be, and select other corrections as needed.

“If you just add them, the correction will be complete, but you can adjust the strength of the correction if needed,” says Mike.- For example, sometimes a slight vignetting effect will enhance the image. Leave the checkbox unchecked, but move the slider to adjust the strength of the correction. Also select zero sharpening or disable this feature before running digital lens optimization, as this will make it easier for you to judge the result. ”

90,000 Blind camera test for iPhone 12 and Google Pixel 4a. Here are the results of

It was another week of winter.Then I suddenly learned that a friend had a brand new Pixel 4a 5G, which Google introduced back in November 2020.

From the moment of release, manufacturers usually pump up the camera algorithms a little. So now you can check their photo capabilities visually. It became interesting: I took my smartphone and went to shoot.

The results were mixed with my iPhone 12. Therefore, I decided that I would not immediately say which image was received on which smartphone. This will be more objective. The conditions are the same – only the standard Camera application and the automatic shooting mode .

UPDATE . As promised, keep the answers, which picture in this article was taken on the iPhone 12, and which on the Pixel:

Look and be surprised

First pair: Photo # 1 – iPhone 12, Photo # 2 – Google Pixel 4a 5G
Second pair: Photo # 1 – iPhone 12, Photo # 2 – Google Pixel 4a 5G
Third pair: Photo # 1 – iPhone 12, Photo # 2 – Google Pixel 4a 5G
Fourth pair: Photo # 1 – Google Pixel 4a 5G, Photo # 2 – iPhone 12
Fifth pair: Photo # 1 – iPhone 12, Photo # 2 – Google Pixel 4a 5G
Sixth pair: Photo # 1 – iPhone 12, Photo # 2 – Google Pixel 4a 5G
Seventh pair: Photo # 1 – iPhone 12, Photo # 2 – Google Pixel 4a 5G
Eighth pair: Photo # 1 – iPhone 12, Photo # 2 – Google Pixel 4a 5G
Ninth pair: Photo # 1 – Google Pixel 4a 5G, Photo # 2 – iPhone 12
Tenth pair: Photo # 1 – Google Pixel 4a 5G, Photo # 2 – iPhone 12
Eleventh pair: Photo # 1 – Google Pixel 4a 5G, Photo # 2 – iPhone 12
Twelfth pair: Photo # 1 – Google Pixel 4a 5G, Photo # 2 – iPhone 12
Thirteenth pair: Photo # 1 – iPhone 12, Photo # 2 – Google Pixel 4a 5G

According to the voting results, iPhone 12 won, earning 7 points out of 13.

Briefly about the characteristics

Let’s immediately remember what each smart has, to make it clearer which characteristics are competing with each other.

iPhone 12 :

▪️ Wide-angle camera: 12 MP, f / 1.6 aperture, lets in 27% more light
▪️ Ultra-wide-angle camera: 12 MP, angle 120 °, aperture f / 2.4

SuperWidth has got a software distortion fix, so that objects on the edges should not turn out too “broken”.Now this module also supports Deep Fusion

Google Pixel 4a 5G :

▪️ Wide-angle camera: Sony IMX 363, 12.2 MP, aperture f / 1.7 (same module in Pixel 5)
▪️ Ultra-wide-angle camera: 16 MP, angle 107 °, aperture f / 2.2

It’s time for a comparison in real life. Go.

1.

Which one is better?

  • iPhone 12
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G

802 voted

In my tests, the iPhone 12 always brightened the picture.And this is understandable: the aperture of the new lens is higher, and under the same conditions it sees a little more in the same areas.

However, there is a problem with the white balance. Not everything is exactly the iPhone that builds it correctly.

In this case, the smartphone performed much better in the second picture. He showed the color of the sky correctly. The first is strongly blue.

2.

Which one is better?

  • iPhone 12
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G

758 voted

Curiously, the Google Pixel 4a 5G algorithms add blurring only after the shot has been taken.Until then, you will not see what will turn out in the end. Especially in the case of portrait photography, but more on that later.

In the first case, one smartphone blurred the background strongly, and in the second, the other – noticeably weaker. At the same time, in the second photo, the branches are much clearer, while in the first photo, the farthest of them are strongly blurred.

However, in terms of color rendition, I personally like what came out on the right.

3.

Which one is better?

  • iPhone 12
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G

715 voted

Let’s go further.Wood texture processing.

The left barrel is much clearer, even the smallest details are visible. And the right one turned out to be slightly blurry. Either the hand trembled, or something else – I can’t say for sure. But I’m definitely sure that the effect was repeated from photo to photo. Always the right picture turned out to be more soapy.

4.

Which one is better?

  • Google Pixel 4a 5G
  • iPhone 12

735 voted

In this frame, in one case, the sky is not overexposed and you can slightly see clouds in it.However, the color of the monument is depressing – in another photo it turned out to be more natural. As it is in the real world.

And the details on the right photo are better captured than on the left.

By the way, this is 2x zoom on both smartphones.

5.

Which one is better?

  • iPhone 12
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G

671 voted

The iPhone 12 has a maximum digital zoom of 5X. Therefore, in the case of the Google Pixel 4a 5G, I took exactly the same zoom (although it is capable of 6X).

The naked eye can see the operation of the noise reduction algorithm, which deprives the photograph of small details. And in the left picture it worked a little better than in the right one.

6.

Which one is better?

  • iPhone 12
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G

681 voted

When testing the ultra-wide camera, I had a mixed feeling. During the day, the difference is as minimal as possible.

Only with color rendition is another problem.But here, whoever likes it more. On the left, as for me, the picture turned out to be livelier and more pleasant, and on the right it is more truthful.

At the same time, there is no distortion in the right photo, and the edges on the left are slightly bent. It is easy to understand where which smartphone was filming.

7.

Which one is better?

  • iPhone 12
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G

679 voted

When shooting portraits, I noticed the difference right away. One has only to look at the jacket, which in fact was black, not gray.

However, there is a point, the sore of many smartphones – hair treatment for portraits. In the first case, a complete failure, they are all soapy, and in the second, they are clearer.

8.

Which one is better?

  • iPhone 12
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G

616 voted

Switch to night shooting mode. And immediately we see the work of ultra-wide cameras in Moscow City.

I am glad that Apple has added this mode to ultra-wide, because now this module can at least compete with competitors.As a result, it turns out that on the left we hardly see any noise, and on the right there is a total failure.

The whole picture is covered with a fine mesh, and it is also terribly overexposed.

9.

Which one is better?

  • Google Pixel 4a 5G
  • iPhone 12

594 voted

There is already pure taste here. Personally, I love how the right shot came out. The left one went yellow and repulsed any desire to admire the Evolution tower.

Although he also has a certain charm.Deeper shadows on the bushes add dimension and reveal the scene better.

10.

Which one is better?

  • Google Pixel 4a 5G
  • iPhone 12

610 voted

A visual examination shows that the building of the Moscow State University turned out to be clearer in the second photo. Pay particular attention to the spire, which turned into some kind of mess in the first picture.

When zooming in, you generally notice that the building on the left seems to be blurry, completely indistinct.Even the lone lantern on the left turned out to be “fluffy”. Is this even legal?

11.

Which one is better?

  • Google Pixel 4a 5G
  • iPhone 12

571 voted

The same can be said about the Moscow City complex, filmed from the other side of the embankment.

Left – soap soap. It is especially noticeable in the illumination of the Empire tower (second from the right), everything is mixed almost into a single line, while in the other photo every light bulb is noticeable.

Yes, and Afimall’s inscriptions on the right turned out to be clearer. But in terms of color rendering, in this case, everything is close to some kind of post-apocalypse.

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Which one is better?

  • Google Pixel 4a 5G
  • iPhone 12

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Do you recognize the transition? It goes from the Moscow State University building to the intellectual center, which is shown in the photo below.

In fact, the transition itself is not pink at all, as it might seem at first glance.There is a definite victory for one of the smartphones in terms of white balance. But for which one?

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Which one is better?

  • iPhone 12
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G

518 voted

Finally, a 2x optical zoom on the building of the intellectual center. Do you even see this inscription on one of the photos? I personally don’t. Not to mention the above transition that hit the frame.

But it is the right image that stands out in terms of the depth of the shadows.And due to this, it looks richer and more pleasant.

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90,000 Google has added a number of innovations to the camera application on new Pixels and made it easier to edit photos in Google Photos

In addition to the announcements of new devices, Google has prepared updates for some of its software products and services.One such improvement is the camera app used in the new Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 smartphones.

Google has improved the HDR + function by using exposure bracketing to deliver “sharper, sharper photos.” In addition, when shooting in the Night Sight mode, it became possible to shoot portraits. Thus, the camera combines two shooting modes: portrait (with background blur) and night (with low light level).

The new Portrait Light feature brightens the face in portraits where there are too many shadows or the subject is against a bright sky.The user can manually select the place in the photo where you want to add light to the person’s face. A similar feature will appear in the Google Photos app, so that users can improve the photos they have taken before. We will talk about this further.

Three new stabilization modes appeared when shooting video: Locked, Active and Cinematic Pan. It was on the latter that Google focused the most during the live broadcast. Google claims that both Hollywood filmmakers and YouTube cinematic videos were used to create the Cinematic Pan mode.In fact, this mode captures video at 60 frames per second and then slows down the video by 2x to create smoother and more dramatic videos.

Also, the company’s specialists suggest improvements to the Google Photos mobile application for Android smartphones. They are designed to simplify photo editing on mobile devices.

Photo editor has undergone major revision. He got smart suggestions and easy-to-use detailed settings.The update adds a new tab in the editor, which, based on Google’s machine learning algorithms, offers recommended adjustments that best suit the particular photo being edited.

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