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Eager to one-up Snapchat, Instagram appears to be preparing to expand its collection of shutter modes beyond options like Boomerang and Superzoom. Buried within Instagram's Android Application Package (APK) is an icon for a Portrait shutter for the Stories camera. This could potentially let people shoot stylized portraits with bokeh effect-blurred backgrounds or other lighting effects.
TechCrunch readerexclusively shared the images below with TechCrunch after decompiling the APK, which is the file format equivalent of Windows' .exe but for Android. The icon would show up overlaid on the Instagram Stories camera shutter button when you swipe to the corresponding mode.
Yes, selfies do make your nose look bigger
Get a whiff of this! Selfies act as "portable funhouse mirrors" that distort noses, a new study says. And more people are going under the knife because of it.Despite how easy it is to snap those all-pervasive self portraits, the short distance from the camera combines with the wide-angle lens to puff the proboscis, explains the research, published Thursday in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
Instagram declined to comment on the findings, though it did the same when we asked about awe spotted in January...which then officially launched a week later. Instagram could always decide against publicly releasing these new features, though, if internal strategy or external testing turns against them.
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Many smartphones including newer iPhones include a portrait option in their default native cameras. People can shoot there and upload to places like Instagram. But users are increasingly recording content with the in-app Stories cameras in Instagram and Snapchat that offer advanced editing and special effects.
Portrait mode could offer extra creative possibilities while one-upping Snapchat, which lacks any similar feature. After testing a basic version on the iPhone 7 plus, Apple gave the new iPhone 8 plus and iPhone X a range of portrait options like countour lighting or studio lighting.
It's unclear whether Instagram's portrait mode will just be a single setting or include more ways to stylize an image, but there's plenty Instagram could do to make it look like you're shooting on a fancy SLR camera. Judging by the fact that the file for "Rewind" is labeled "Reverse", the "Portrait" mode could launch under a different name. That might also decrease confusion between it and native phone portrait options.
Instagram must constantly evolve to stay interesting. The sepia latte art and over-saturated sunsets that once dominated the feed have become passé. But the Instagram-Snapchat arms race has led to increasingly gaudy and bombastic augmented reality filters, colorful stickers, and seething GIFs. Portrait mode could push Instagram back to its classier roots, and help people create images worth saving after their Stories turn to ash by the next sunrise.
Google has open-sourced the AI tool that makes the Pixel’s portrait mode so good .
Google’s Pixel phone has one hell of a camera, and one of the reasons for this is AI. As announced in a blog post earlier this week, Google has open-sourced a lump of code name DeepLab-v3+. This is an image segmentation tool built using convolutional neural networks, or CNNs: a machine learning method that’s particularly good at analyzing visual data. Image segmentation analyzes objects within a picture, and splits them apart; dividing foreground elements from background elements.
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