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Computational Photography: Smartphones with Gary Friedman

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Computational Photography - Why Your Smartphone Takes Better Pictures Than Your Big Camera 

We are entering a new era in photography, one in which ‘lowly’ smartphones are taking pictures that look as good as if you had shot in RAW and post-processed.  Sure, nothing beats a big camera for image quality, resolution, and control, but for everyday use normal people are getting great results without any knowledge and without spending time at the computer.  What tricks are the smartphone manufacturers using that the big camera companies aren't?  How do they get great results in Night View mode without needing a tripod?  Why do they create a 3D map of the image in the phone?  And how quickly might your traditional big camera become obsolete?

In this talk, renowned photographer and writer Gary Friedman explains the clever secrets being employed behind the scenes, and offers impressive examples demonstrating that the quality gap between smartphones and traditional cameras continues to shrink.

Gary L. Friedman is a professional photographer who has travelled the world with his cameras and runs the stock image website  He has also written several highly-acclaimed e-books on specific cameras (Sony, Fujifilm and Olympus brands), all aimed at explaining every feature with clarity and humor.  His photography and writing have been published in magazines, newspapers and books worldwide, and he is associate editor of CameraCraft magazine in the UK. He was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for building the world’s smallest telephone way back in 1980 (before cell phones or cordless phones were around).

Before graduating to photography he was a rocket scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he worked on the Voyager and Galileo spacecraft, and he patented the image authentication system now used in high-end digital cameras from Canon and Nikon.   

Zoom video-conferencing

This event will take place via video-conference using Zoom Webinar. You will be emailed a link in advance so you can join the event. Watch for a PDF document attached to your RPS Event Booking Confirmation email for more information about Zoom. During the event you will be able to see Gary Friedman and his presentation. You will be able to ask questions. 

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You will need to book online in order to be able to access this event. Booking closes at 07.00 GMT on Friday 11 March. This event is free for Digital Imaging members, but these members still have to ‘purchase’ a (free) ticket to receive a link for joining the event. If you are not an RPS member you will need to register (for free) with the RPS website in order to book.

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Event Organiser

Rex Waygood


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If circumstances beyond our control cause cancellation of the online event you will be reimbursed. It is for each attendee to ensure they are able to view this presentation online. It may not be possible for the host/organiser to rectify any problems attendees may have. For that reason, it is in your best interest to satisfy yourself that you can communicate via Zoom before the event. No refund will be available if you are unable to attend the meeting for any reason.



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