A Google engineer demonstrates how a Google app helps smartphone users develop their passion for nighttime photography. The Nexus 6P and the Google Pixel have two of the best cameras on a mobile phone developed by Google. They owe everything to Google’s algorithmic techniques behind the scenes. Since the release of the Google Pixel, many smartphone users were extremely surprised by its low-light performance.
After seeing the amazing pictures, smartphone users hope that the app will be incorporated in all Android smartphones
Nevertheless, it appears that this smartphone hides a lot of unregistered potentials which is waiting to be unveiled by customers. Florian Kainz, who is a software engineer at Google Daydream and who had previously worked at Industrial Light & Magic, has recently undergone some experiments using the cameras on the Pixel and the 6P. He focused on nighttime photography.
His purpose was to struggle and replicate a low-light picture with long exposure taken with a professional DSLR by utilizing the mobile sensors found in Google’s smartphones. Thus, he developed a manual-exposure app which enabled him to take several photos choosing whatever exposure time, focus distance and ISO he wanted. Now, after seeing the photos, everyone requires that the new app should be incorporated in all Android cameras.
All those passionate about nighttime photography may be thrilled about Kainz’s new technique
Kainz shoots pictures of 32 or 64 2-second exposures by using a tripod-mounted smartphone where he implanted the DNG format. After taking the pictures, he uploaded all that data in his computer to perform incredible post-processing. The Google engineer has averaged out the noise and the errors from those pictures, and then he underwent some manual alterations to offset tiny bits of movement which occurred between frames.
After all his detailed and meticulous work, he obtained stunning nighttime photography. The pictures which were posted online made a lot of smartphone users very curious. They were wondering about the techniques and the apps used to obtain such beautiful images without using a professional DSLR camera, but a smartphone one. People have reasons to be excited since the steps to improve nighttime photography are meant to improve automation.
For instance, the Google Pixel already features an improved HDR mode by default. This helps users take multiple pictures of the same scene, combining them into a single frame which is sharper and clearer. Basically, Kainz’s technique is only increasing the number of exposures.
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