CLOSE
Original image
iStock

This News Station Swapped Their Film Equipment for iPhones and Selfie Sticks

Original image
iStock

Daily news reporting can be a costly and labor-intensive ordeal, but one Swiss TV station has a solution: selfies.

This past summer, Swiss news program Léman Bleu swapped out their professional filming equipment for kits containing a microphone, an iPhone 6, and a selfie stick. The reporters are now expected to act as their own camera operators, using one hand to hold their microphones and the other to film their broadcasts selfie-style.  

This isn’t the first example of a news station embracing the convenience of smartphone photojournalism. For just under a decade, “citizen journalists” have been encouraged to submit their amateur photos and videos to CNN as part of their iReport initiative. And in 2013, the Chicago Sun-Times made waves when they replaced their entire photography staff with reporters trained in “iPhone photography basics.”

Occasionally publishing smartphone photos is one thing, but distributing selfie sticks to your news crew is headline-worthy in its own right. The station's news director Laurent Keller told the Swiss newspaper Le Temps that the lower cost was definitely a significant factor, especially for a small regional network that only broadcasts a few hours a day. He also mentioned that the decision was made in search of “lightness and responsiveness.” According to Keller, the quality of their iPhone reporting is in no way inferior to what you’d get from a conventional camera. Selfie sticks may have gotten a bad rap in recent years, but they could be the future of TV journalism, for better or worse.

[h/t: Geek]

Original image
Matt Cardy/Getty Images
arrow
pretty pictures
Check Out These Images of Last Night's Spectacular Harvest Moon
Original image
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Each year, a special moon comes calling around the autumnal equinox: the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon—the full moon that falls nearest to the equinox—rises near sunset for several days in a row, making early evenings extra-bright for a few days when farmers traditionally reveled in the extra-long twilight while harvesting their crops at the end of the summer season. And because the moon looks larger and more orange when it's near the horizon, it's particularly spectacular as it rises.

The Harvest Moon
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

October 5 marked 2017’s Harvest Moon, and you may have noticed an extra spectacular sky if you were looking up last night. It's rare for the Harvest Moon to come so late in the year: The last time it came in October was in 2009. (Last year's fell on September 16, 2016.) Here are a few luminous lunar pictures from the event, some of which make the moon look totally unreal:

And if you missed seeing the event yourself, don't worry too much: the moon will still look full for several days.

Original image
Adobe
arrow
Live Smarter
With Help From Photoshop and AI, No One Will Know You Blinked in That Photo
Original image
Adobe

After 15 minutes of posing for group photo after group photo, it looks like you’ve finally snapped the perfect one. Grandma is smiling, your nephew is sitting still, and even the dog is looking at the camera for once. Then, you find yourself in the corner: The shutter managed to capture the exact moment you blinked. Time to resume the positions.

With a new tool from Adobe, this scenario could become less common. Instead of retaking a picture every time someone closes their eyes, this feature would let you salvage the “ruined” photograph with a few clicks in Photoshop, Gizmodo reports.

The latest update of Photoshop Elements allows users to select the “Open Closed Eyes” option, choose which face in the photo they want to correct, and provide several additional photos of the subject with their eyes open. The software uses artificial intelligence to analyze each picture and determine which pair of peepers best matches the colors and lighting from the primary photograph. It then automatically pastes those eyes over the lids and blends them to make the addition look seamless.

Photoshop Elements (a simplified version of Adobe’s original image editor) offers many features that use AI algorithms to improve picture quality. Elements can automatically generate backgrounds when you move objects in a photo, suggest the best effects, and turn frowns into smiles. It even remembers the look you prefer and suggests personalized tone corrections. All of those capabilities and the new “Open Closed Eyes” tool are available today to customers who purchase Photoshop Elements 2018 for $100 (or upgrade their existing license for $80).

[h/t Gizmodo]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios