NVIDIA, Aalto University, and MIT’s AI Can Now Fix Your Grainy Images

It’s pretty cool when AI can automatically “fix” the grain in your photos and also bring back more details

I think many photographers wouldn’t mind software that could fix the image noise in their photos and also bring back more details automatically. But arguably they’d probably want to do it themselves and fine tune it to their exact needs and wants. After all, a little bit of image grain in a photo can add character to the scene. In a recent announcement from NVIDIA, the company teamed up with Aalto University and MIT to create algorithms designed to fix the grain in your images: they’re doing a great job!

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A Simple Trick to Kill Image Noise in Your Photos

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma dp and 50mm f1.4 product images first impressions (6 of 12)ISO 64001-40 sec at f - 4.0

We’re going to start this post off by saying that at this point in the year 2015 and this stage in digital photography, image noise isn’t a major problem unless you’re printing. But for most folks who shoot and upload to the web, image noise isn’t a major issue. It can easily be fixed in post-production with the push or a slider, you can get back incredible amounts of image details, preserve your colors, and you can also choose to shoot at a lower ISO and push the files because shadow detail recovery is that damned good.

If you’re a pixel peeper that lives and dies by looking at your images at 100%, you’re living in an archaic age that doesn’t really exist anymore. For Pete’s sake, folks are shooting ad campaigns with an iPhone.

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It’s Time We Stop Complaining About Noise at High ISOs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The year is 2014, and we as photographers have been bred to believe notions that have come from the film days and early days of digital photography. When film was king, photographers would try to not shoot with film above ISO 400 when publishing their images. And in the earliest days of digital photography, the same thing happened. But then something happened: the high ISO output became better and better. There were articles saying that ISO 1600 is the new 400.

And they were right. But at the same time something else happened. Software manufacturers started to come up with ways for you to fix that high ISO noise or even embrace it to make an image look beautiful.

The year is 2014. And we’re still bitching and complaining about high ISO noise despite the fact that the process of creating an image doesn’t stop when the camera’s shutter clicks and cocks itself back into position. In fact, it never stopped there even back in the film days. The photographer would go into the darkroom and spend time developing, pushing and pulling, or working with the images. And today is no different.

But something else has happened.

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Are Sensors Made With Graphene the Future of Photography?

Asst. Prof. Wang Qijie of NTU Graphene Sensor

Via LiveScience

We’ve known that Graphene is the 21st century super material since research on it won two physicists the Nobel Prize in 2010. Now, it seems the nano structure consisting of a layer of carbon atoms may find its way into photographic products. Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have found a way to employ Graphene as the light sensitive layer in digital camera sensors. Thanks to the material’s special properties, it allows for the creation of sensors up to 1,000 times more light sensitive than current CMOS or CCD sensors.

The research led by Assistant Professor Wang Qijie could be implemented into sensor production with small adaptions to current manufacturing processes, making this a very likely candidate for future sensor designs. In essence, this would allow for a whole new world of low-light photography, as the Graphene sensor wouldn’t show any of the high-ISO noise that current sensors exhibit. This is very exciting news, and we’d love to see this implemented in actual consumer cameras in the near future.

What do you think about this? Let us know in your comments below!

Field Review: Leica X1 (Day 5)

If you’ve read any of the previous posts in this review of the Leica X1, you know that I’ve compared the X1 to my Panasonic GF-1 quite a few times. I did this because they are similar in many ways. They both have roughly 35mm equivalent lenses and larger than normal sensors, and they’re geared towards the avid photographer that wants an advanced camera in a compact body. There is, however, one VERY big difference between the two, price. So is the X1 worth the premium? Let’s find out.

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Field Review: Panasonic GF-1 (Day 3)

The GF-1 has accompanied me almost everywhere I go. The image quality is decent, and so far the best part of it all seems to be just how well the camera has been designed. But today, we’re taking a look at the full ISO range.

Author’s Note: I received a complaint about this test. I actually did it for the reason of showing how much detail can be obtained in an ill lit area over the various ISOs while also trying to balance how much detail is retained against the in-camera noise reduction. Believe it or not, that area even makes my 7D get cranked up to 1600 or above.

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