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DaVinci Resolve 17.2 Update

Blackmagic Design has updated DaVinci Resolve to version 17.2. Some of the key new features include a quicker start-up time, a live save setting as default, and support for applying crossfades in Fairlighttimelines. Full List of Improvements Dramatically improved application startup performance Live save is now on by default Support for custom naming for individual … Continued

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How Does Luminar AI Compare to Lightroom Classic in 2021?

I wanted to see how Luminar AI works when compared to Lightroom in 2021, and to do so I took one image — a photo of a lavender field in the south of France — and processed it in both.

First, let’s start with Lightroom. I chose to do some basic development to get the exposure right using the highlights, shadows, exposure, basic white balance, white points, and black points.

On that note, I like to use the option key feature in Lightroom while using the black and white points sliders because I can see how many percents of 100% black points or white points are in my picture which is helpful when it comes to printing.

Now, with some basic Lightroom tools such as graduated filters, I added some blue back into the sky.

I think it would look more powerful as a panorama, so I cropped it to a 2×1 ratio and use the rule of thirds to create a more dynamic composition:

I then worked a bit to recreate the colors as they were by using the hue, contrast, and exposure:

So this is the Lightroom version. Now I will do basically the same steps in Lumiar, though it is obviously a little bit of a different workflow, the concept is the same.

I started with the sky enhancer and did the same panorama crop as I did in the Lightroom version:

Now It was just a matter of setting up the right exposure. Unfortunately, in Luminar you don’t have the option key feature with the black and white point which I think is missing here. So for now, I just eyeballed it and then set the white balance:

I then needed to correct the colors, which I did using the HSL panel:

Luminar AI has some pretty crazy amazing features such as sky replacement and some cool details that it allows you to add. Just to give you an example, here I added a very dramatic sky and you can even flip the sky so the sun is facing the right way:

And just for the fun of it, and to show more of the features Luminar has, I added some birds in the sky:

This software is becoming more and more similar, and I think Luminar has improved a lot recently. It’s more stable than it ever has been and right now it never crashes, which used to be a major problem. Luminar has a lot of crazy features that go beyond just basic photo editing, so that’s something to bear in mind. When you compare the image I edited in Lightroom to the one I edited in Luminar, you can see a big difference. I think which you choose is going to come down to personal preference. Picking between the two might be hard, so if you’re like me you might use both depending on your needs.

What is important though is that I think Luminar is getting close to feature parity with Lightroom. That’s good to see, as proper competition in the market is always beneficial to customers.

About the author: Serge Ramelli is a landscape and fine art photographer who has published numerous books on the subject. His fine art photography has been sold in one of the largest gallery networks in the world. Ramelli hosts a YouTube Channel where he teaches photography and editing techniques which you can subscribe to here.

CineMatch v1.052 Update adds new camera profiles

CineMatch update v1.052 is available now for Adobe Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve, for macOS and Windows, with support for new cameras including the Sony FX6 & DJI Mavic Air 2s. The update also updates the camera profile for the Sony A7s III with SLog3/S-Cinetone. Release Notes: • New camera profiles: Sony FX6, DJI Mavic … Continued

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44 State AGs Call on Facebook to Abandon Instagram for Kids

In early March, a report alleged that Facebook was working on a version of Instagram designed specifically for children. In the two months since, the company has faced repeated pressure to abandon the program, the latest comes from a swath of State Attorneys General (AG).

As noted by Engadget, the AGs allege that social media in general is harmful to the emotional and mental well-being of children and that building a platform that specifically targets them would worsen the cyberbullying problems that already plague youths.

“Without a doubt, this is a dangerous idea that risks the safety of our children and puts them directly in harm’s way,” said Attorney General Letitia James of New York. “Not only is social media an influential tool that can be detrimental to children who are not of appropriate age, but this plan could place children directly in the paths of predators. There are too many concerns to let Facebook move forward with this ill-conceived idea, which is why we are calling on the company to abandon its launch of Instagram Kids. We must continue to ensure the health and wellness of our next generation and beyond.”

The letter is signed by the AGs of Massachusetts, Nebraska, Vermont, Tennessee, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

“The attorneys general have an interest in protecting our youngest citizens, and Facebook’s plans to create a platform where kids under the age of 13 are encouraged to share content online is contrary to that interest. Use of social media can be detrimental to the health and well-being of children, who are not equipped to navigate the challenges of having a social media account.” the letter reads. “The attorneys general urge Facebook to abandon these plans.”

The letter also states that Facebook has historically failed to protect the welfare of children on its existing platforms, a statement that echos previous notes from U.S. Senators and 35 Children’s and Consumer groups.

The AGs express various other concerns over Facebook’s Instagram for Kids proposal, including that the platform could be used by predators to target children and that children lack the capacity to navigate the complexities of what they encounter online, such as advertising, inappropriate content, and relationships with strangers.

“It appears that Facebook is not responding to a need, but instead creating one, as this platform appeals primarily to children who otherwise do not or would not have an Instagram account. In short, an Instagram platform for young children is harmful for myriad reasons. The attorneys general urge Facebook to abandon its plans to launch this new platform,” the letter concludes.

With this letter, 83 total public figures and organizations have come out against Facebook’s plan to make a version of Instagram for kids including four U.S. Senators.

“We’re early in thinking through how this service would work,” Zuckerberg said in a congressional hearing on social media disinformation in March and noted by Mashable. “There is clearly a large number of people under the age of 13 who would want to use a service like Instagram… Helping people stay connected with friends and learn about different content online is broadly positive.”

When asked about concerns parents and groups have with how Facebook and Instagram handle social media addiction, bullying, and the effect on mental health posted by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Zuckerberg simply responded, “Congresswoman, I’m aware of the issues.”

“The problem is that you know it,” Castor said in response. “You know that the brain and social development of our kids is still evolving at a young age. There are reasons in the law that we set that [13-year-old age limit] because these platforms have ignored it. They’ve profited off of it. We’re going to strengthen the law.”

Image credits: Photos licensed via Depositphotos.

Instagram Adds Auto-Caption Feature to Stories, Will Soon Add to Reels

Instagram has announced that it is rolling out an auto-captioning feature to Stories that will allow English-speaking users to add auto-generated captions to videos via an announcement on Twitter.

Following in the footsteps of TikTok who recently added the same feature to its platform, Engadget reports that Instagram will now allow users to enjoy content with or without audio. The feature is especially helpful to the hearing impaired, such as those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Additionally, it’s a nice feature for those who want to pass the time in the app but may not be in an environment where having audio play is desired or socially acceptable.

The same can be said for Instagram’s implementation here. The captions are auto-generated by the app, but users can edit them before publishing the Story to fix any spelling or punctuation issues to better reflect what is being said. Once the captions are generated, users can also adjust the style and color of the text.

According to Instagram, the feature is launching in Stories but will come to Reels next, and soon.

“Now you can add a captions sticker in Stories (coming soon to Reels) that automatically turns what you say into text,” the company writes. “We’re starting in a handful of countries and hope to expand soon.”

Instagram initially tested this feature in early March and as Engadget reported, it came as accessibility features were becoming more common across multiple platforms including YouTube, and are expected to come to Zoom and Twitter. However, the early version of auto-cations wasn’t available to the public and was only being tested in closed groups.

Below is an initial tweet from March 9 posted by Matt Navarra, a social media consultant, who demonstrated the feature.

Auto captions will be available to English-speaking users starting today with support for more languages and additional countries coming soon.

Video Village Filmbox

Video Village Filmbox is being touted as a creative utility you can use right inside DaVinci Resolve to create a ‘Holistic reproduction of photochemical motion picture imaging‘. Video Village states that film has a unique response to light intensity and wavelength, and therefore, Filmbox uses rich empirical datasets to transform scene-referred image data to embody … Continued

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Are Our Photos and Video Backups Really Archival?

Are Our Photos and Video Backups Really Archival?

Over the history of mankind, the best way found to archive data was to carve it into stone, then bury it in the sand. Photographically, the most stable form of archiving is probably a black-and-white silver-based image on a glass plate. For digital data storage, there is no perfect permanent storage option. Most digital storage media can’t be confidently recommended to be dependable beyond 5-10 years.

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