First Annual Drone Photography Awards

Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category
Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category(Credit: Gabriel Scanu)

The Drone Awards is a new photography competition dedicated to the emerging art of aerial photography. This year’s inaugural competition has just revealed its winning snaps, a spectacular assortment of photographs ranging from gorgeously abstract images to profoundly unique portraits of urban life. read more

New AI can Enhance Pixelated Images

Researchers have unveiled a Blade Runner-style AI that can enhance pixelated images.

Dubbed EnhanceNet, the system relies on neural networks to boost the image quality, creating high-resolution images from a low-resolution input.

Stunning results shared in the study reveal how the new method can create sharper, more detailed results than traditional approaches, leading to photos that are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.

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Dubbed EnhanceNet, the system relies on neural networks to boost the image quality, creating high-resolution images from a low-resolution input read more

MiniRig Stabilizes Smartphone Pics

The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories
The MiniRig is a magnetic gimbal smartphone stabilizer which allows users to mount video-enhancing accessories

Last year, the Smoovie stabilizer launched on Kickstarter promising smartphone and GoPro users the ability to shoot super-smooth video thanks to its magnetic gimbal. Now, after shipping that product to backers, the team behind it is back with the MiniRig, which adds lighting and audio features, along with improved stabilization. read more

Take Better Photos

Christmas is a time to remember – the family are together, the festivity is high, and having an embarrassing image of your sibling asleep in a party hat is always going to come in handy.

With smartphones having replaced traditional cameras though, we’re all becoming a bunch of lazy photographers.

Instead of waiting until the middle of February to develop Christmas photos only to find out your thumb covered the lens in half of them, we can now snap, see, share, repeat in a matter of seconds.

According to professional photographer and creator of some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, however, 'everyone is now a photographer in their own right' (stock image) 


Professional photographer and brains behind some of the original Instagram filters, Cole Rise, has shared his advice on taking pictures with MailOnline.

These are the tips you should follow to ensure you capture super shots this Christmas.

1. Learn what all the setting and features on your phone’s camera do.

2. Try and frame your photo, using the background to enhance the main point of focus.

3. Download photography apps to enhance your camera’s core features.

4. Think outside the box and use feature in ways they weren’t designed for.

5. Don’t just point and shoot, work unusual angles to get a unique perspective.

6. Just because you have dozens of filters at your disposal doesn’t mean you have to use them all at once.

7. When sharing your photos, don’t overdo it. This will make them all feel less special.

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This Years Best DSLR Cameras

New Atlas looks at some of the best APS-C DSLR cameras available in 2016
New Atlas looks at some of the best APS-C DSLR cameras available in 2016

We’ve already looked at the best DSLR cameras for beginners, and those with full frame sensors. But what if you’re looking for a DSLR with a bit more grunt under the hood than your typical entry level offering, but don’t need a full frame sensor? Well you are in luck, because now we are going to consider the best DSLRs with APS-C size sensors available in 2016. read more

Fun Pics


Here are 7 pictures of German trucks whose trailers are decorated to look like the sides are missing and the products they are hauling are painted on the sides and back.
The first one is of a bottle of beer and looks so real, like it is coming out the side of the trailer…

The second is of canvas tote bag.

The third is of Pepsi cases and they are all stacked on the ceiling, and the bottom of the trailer is empty…

The fourth is of another truck with the windshield facing the back and there has been a driver painted in the driver’s seat looking back over his shoulder to appear like he is driving backwards. (Now this one is just plain scary, even when the German reads ‘On the wrong way?’)

The fifth one is of an aquarium with fish swimming in it.

The sixth one is of a bookshelf with books lined up in it and a post-it-note with an advertisement on it, probably for the company that sells the books.

The last one is for Pringles-Hot & Spicy.
The ‘inside’ of the trailer has the appearance of having been through a fire.

Attribution: Fred

New Colorization Brings WWII to Life

These stunning pictures of naval forces preparing for battle during the Second World War have been brought back to life 70 years on.

The photographs, which show British, American and Finnish troops off the coasts of Japan and Russia during the war, as well as survivors being transferred between ships, have been colourised by emergency medical technician Jared Enos, from North Kingstown, US.

The 19-year-old said he has spent the last year transforming the images from their original black and white state into these fascinating colourful images, which he hopes will give a better insight into the Second World War for younger generations.

He said: ‘Essentially, it focuses on various nations’ navies and or vessels in World War II, including the US Marines, Finnish Coastal Defence and the Royal Navy. read more

Spaceship Cloud

It might look like visitors from outer space have landed on Etna but this saucer-shaped object was created much closer to home.

Although often mistaken for UFOs, lenticular clouds such as this one in Sicily are formed in the lowest layer of the atmosphere as stable humid air blows over a mountain range and drops on the other side. The mountain acts like a rock in a stream, creating a wave of air on both sides. As the air rises up, the water vapour cools and condenses on the crest of the wave – forming the cloud. But it disappears as the wave drops away and dries out.

This makes the disc shape look stationary, even though air is streaming through. Airline pilots try to avoid such clouds as the rotation of rising winds causes turbulence.

But glider pilots seek them out, as the air currents can help their crafts soar. read more