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10 of the Most Fun Photo Projects on the Web

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Color Me Katie

A picture's worth 1000 words, but these online photo projects might leave you speechless.

1. The Love Train

Courtesy of James Doernberg 

College students James Doernberg and Kai Jordan have only been dating a month, but that didn't stop them from going the distance and photographing themselves at every Manhattan subway station last Wednesday. The couple started at 14th Street on the 1 line and made their way up, down, and crosstown, snapping a quick picture and scrambling back through the closing doors at each stop. The 118-station photo shoot took nine hours to complete. Doernberg and Jordan are moving away from the city—and each other—when they attend separate colleges in the fall.

2. Mila's Daydreams

Courtesy of Mila's Daydreams 

If you've seen one sleeping baby picture, you've seen them all ... unless you're looking at the blog Mila's Daydreams. Finnish mom Adele Enersen created a whole new genre of infant photography when she began creating imaginative dreamscapes around her sleeping daughter in 2010. The successful blog has launched an art book entitled When My Baby Dreams, a popular wall calendar, and many adorable imitators.

3. Switcheroo

Courtesy of Hana Pesut 

Canadian photographer Hana Pesut's Switcheroo photo series first captures couples in their normal clothes and then makes them swap outfits. Hey, it's more fun than walking a mile in each other's shoes ...

4. Brooklyn Theory

Courtesy of Brooklyn Theory 

Photographers see the world differently from the rest of us. Exhibit A: The blog of Brooklyn photographer Matt Coch. He won't even go to the laundromat without his camera.

5. Maddie On Things

Courtesy of Maddie On Things 

Maddie the coonhound isn't just her owner's best friend. She's also his muse. Photojournalist Theron Murphy started taking pictures of his graceful rescue dog atop ladders, bikes, and even a basketball hoop as a hobby. Now the two are on a national tour to promote the book Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics.

6. The Shadow Project

Courtesy of Color Me Katie

Watch your back! In The Shadow Project, Brooklyn photographer Katie Sokoler matched unsuspecting pedestrians with whimsical construction paper shadows. Sokoler hid out with her camera to capture the moment that subjects walked into art. She previously employed the same technique to make Thought Bubbles.

7. Dear Photograph

Courtesy of Dear Photograph 

"Take a picture of a picture, from the past, in the present." The premise of the website Dear Photograph isn't as confusing as it sounds. Contributors return to the place where they took an old photograph, picture in hand, and then take a new photo. The result is a poignant reminder to "take a picture, it'll last longer." Site founder Taylor Jones published a Dear Photograph book in 2012.

8. Noah K. Everyday

Courtesy of Noah K. Everyday 

A selfie a day won't keep the wrinkles away. But if you do it as long as photographer Noah Kalina—13 years and counting—you might actually appreciate growing older. (Watch him age 12.5 years in under eight minutes.)

Feeling camera-shy? Try documenting every day of someone else's life.

9. Humans of New York

Courtesy of Humans of New York

Who says New Yorkers are stand-offish? Photographer Brandon Stanton captures the people of the Big Apple with revealing portraits usually accompanied by a quote. Since launching HONY in 2010, Stanton has also photographed people in Iran and Boston. The Humans of New York book hits stores in October.

10. Young Me/Now Me, Back to the Future, and more

      

Courtesy of Less Human; More Being

If you thought your childhood photos were funny the first time around, try recreating them as an adult. Young Me/Now Me is one of many sites in which contributors submit new-old photos. We're not sure who started the trend, but Argentinian photographer Irina Werning's Back to the Future project does an especially great job replicating the look and feel of vintage photos.

Courtesy of Back to the Future 
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Ruined a Photo By Blinking? Facebook Can Fix It With AI
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Next time you blink in an otherwise flawless photo, don't be so quick to hit the "delete" button on your phone. As The Verge reports, Facebook is testing a new feature that uses artificial intelligence to make closed eyes look naturally open.

Facebook engineers Brian Dolhansky and Cristian Canton Ferrer described the technology behind the AI in a paper published June 18. They used a type of machine learning called generative adversarial network or GAN. It works by looking at a database of pictures and using that information to generate new imagery where there wasn't any before.

This type of AI has been used to design clothing and video game levels in the past. To get it to work with faces, Facebook engineers showed the system photos taken of people when their eyes were open. After "learning" the subject's eye shape, size, and color, the AI used that data to superimpose a new set of eyes over the blinking lids. The feature still has some trouble working with glasses, long bangs, and pictures taken at an angle, but when it does what it's supposed to, it's hard to tell the photo was ever retouched.

Faces with blinking and open eyes.
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Facebook isn't the first company to use AI to salvage photographs with closed eyes. In 2017, Adobe added an "Open Closed Eyes" feature to Photoshop Elements that also uses AI to generate a pair of eyes that match those of the blinking subject. For it to work, users first have to show the system several photos of the subject with their eyes open.

Facebook, which already holds a database of pictures of many of its users, seems like a perfect fit for this type of technology. The social media site is still testing it out, but based on the success of early experiments, they may consider making it available to users in the not-too-distant future. And because Facebook owns Instagram, it's possible that the eye-opening feature will eventually be applied to Instagram posts and Stories as well.

[h/t The Verge]

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Remember Every Moment of Your Next Vacation With this Tiny, 360-Degree Camera
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Rylo

Kiss those blurry, shaky, amateurish vacation videos goodbye: As spotted by Travel+Leisure, a new 360-degree camera called Rylo captures every angle of the action around you with little effort, and the high-definition footage can be edited directly on your phone.

The camera is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and has two wide-angle lenses that can be used to consolidate your footage into a 360-degree spherical video for when a single shot just won't cut it. Just press the record button, and the device does the rest of the work.

Alternatively, you can select just one angle or section of the footage and create a more traditional video—simply change the camera’s perspective by tapping on specific points of interest in the video. The choice is all yours with the accompanying mobile editing app, built for both Apple and Android phones.

Shaky hand? Fret not—the camera comes equipped with a stabilization feature, so even if you’re mountain biking down a treacherous path, your video won’t look like the sequel to Cloverfield. The aluminum camera is built to withstand the elements, but for an extra level of protection, Rylo makes a water-resistant Adventure Case.

Other nifty features include time-lapse and something called FrontBack, which lets you add a bubble on top of another video in order to show your reaction as the action unfolds in the background. If you’re skydiving and shooting the scenery around you, for instance, you can also show your face in the corner, should you want to capture those embarrassing reactions for posterity.

The camera is available on Amazon for $499. Check out the company's video below to see it in action.

[h/t Travel+Leisure]

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