Panasonic's new organic CMOS sensor won't be in your next camera but it's cool anyway ...

ALLISON JOHNSON & RICHARD BUTLER, DPREVIEW:

Panasonic has been developing organic sensors for a while now and has just announced a new breakthrough: an organic CMOS chip that can capture visible and near-infrared (NIR) light simultaneously without sacrificing resolution.

There are sensors available now that can image both near-infrared and visible light, but they sacrifice one out of every four pixels to NIR capture. As a result, resolution of the final image suffers. Panasonic's new chip makes use of two organic layers: the top layer is sensitive to visible light and the bottom layer is sensitive to near-infrared light. By changing the voltage applied to the layers, it's possible to choose whether the lower layer is active or not. This means it can switch between visible and visible+NIR imaging frame by frame, which is useful in machine vision applications where subjects may be moving quickly.

Read more, here.

Apple files patent application for optimization of focus stacks ...

LARS REHM, DPREVIEW:

Focus stacking on smartphone cameras is not an entirely new thing. It was used on some Nokia Lumia phones, including the Lumia 1520 in 2014, to create a shallow depth-of-field effect and allow for refocusing an image after capture, similar to what the Lytro light field cameras can do.

However, now it appears Apple is also taking an interest in the technique. The company describes a method for the optimization of focus stacking in a patent application that was filed in 2015, but only published in December 2016.

Read more, here.

A lawyer rewrote Instagram's terms of service so kids can understand them ...

DL CADE, PETAPIXEL:

In their recently released report titled “Growing Up Digital,” the UK Children’s Commissioner did something we wish tech companies would do more of: they had a lawyer “translate” Instagram’s Terms of Use into language that children (and their parents) could actually understand.

The report was put together to tackle the issue of educating children on how to properly “negotiate” their digital lives. To this end, the Commissioner is asking the UK’s government to implement three changes, one of which is to require companies to draft simplified Terms and Conditions for children.

The report used Instagram’s Terms of Use as an example, asking Jenny Afia, a privacy law expert at UK-based law firm Schillings, to rewrite the terms in kid-friendly language. The result, which you can read for yourself ... is refreshingly easy to understand.

Read more, here.

You can now read this daily photography blog from your favorite RSS reader ...

BY DOMINIQUE JAMES

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High time at the Henry ...

JOSE "BUTCH" DALISAY, JR., PINOY PENMAN 3.0:

A couple of weekends ago, against all odds, Beng and I celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary and not coincidentally my 63rd birthday. It seemed like an inspired idea at the time to get hitched as I turned 20, but over the years I’ve wondered if I should have given each day its proper due, and doubled my presents that way. But I soon realized that I was never going to get or find a better gift than Beng—patient, forgiving, and gentle Beng—so January 15 has largely been a day for two.

I adore these two. Read more, here.

Introducing free and open access of visual materials at The Met ...

LOIC TALLON, CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER, THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM:

As of today, all images of public-domain works in The Met collection are available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). So whether you're an artist or a designer, an educator or a student, a professional or a hobbyist, you now have more than 375,000 images of artworks from our collection to use, share, and remix—without restriction. This policy change to Open Access is an exciting milestone in The Met's digital evolution, and a strong statement about increasing access to the collection and how to best fulfill the Museum's mission in a digital age.

The Met has an incredible encyclopedic collection: 1.5 million objects spanning 5,000 years of culture from around the globe. Since our audience is really the three billion internet-connected individuals around the world, we need to think big about how to reach these viewers, and increase our focus on those digital tactics that have the greatest impact. Open Access is one of those tactics.

The images we're making available under a CC0 license relate to 200,000 public-domain artworks in our collection that the Museum has already digitally catalogued. This represents an incredible body of work by curators, conservators, photographers, librarians, cataloguers, interns, and technologists over the past 147 years of the institution's history. This is work that is always ongoing: just last year we added 21,000 new images to the online collection, 18,000 of which relate to works in the public domain.

Read more, here.

Essential gear for the working pro ...

ALLAN WEITZ, EXPLORA:

As a working photographer, the center of the universe is your camera bag and its contents. Your cameras and lenses are the tools of your trade. As you may have noted, both are mentioned in plural because just as you wouldn’t jump out of an airplane without a backup parachute, you shouldn’t attempt to photograph an emotionally spiked, non-repeatable event armed with only one camera. The same applies to lenses, too. The many aspects that comprise shooting weddings—portraits, the ceremony, dimly lit environs, tight, crowded quarters and bright outdoor settings—can push both the creative and practical limitations of the most experienced photographers.

Cameras and lenses aside, there are other items that should be part of all wedding photographers’ war chests. Having these items on hand and knowing how to use them can make the difference between a great wedding album and one that’s mundane.

Read more, here.

'Film Dating' online quiz offers film recommendations based on your tastes ...

BRITTANY HILLEN, DPREVIEW:

The quiz was created by Vincent Moschetti of the blog ‘One Year With Film Only,’ where the quiz is hosted. Users are advised to choose images they like based on their technical qualities -- grain, contrast, temperature, and similar -- rather than their composition and subject matter. Users are prompted to provide an email address at the end of the quiz, however, doing so isn't necessary to view the results.

Read more, here.

In the field, Phase One Capture One Pro 10 ...

BJORN PETERSEN, EXPLORA:

For some time, Capture One has built its reputation on its efficiency and quality. Much like Phase One’s cameras and other hardware, Capture One has the aura of a truly professional tool, with few unnecessary features, but a whole lot of functionality available for nearly all aspects of image editing. Best known for its tethered-shooting feature set, Capture One has also gradually shifted into being an all-inclusive post-production tool for all aspects of image editing.

Read more, here.