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Low-Light Photography Best Captured by iPhone XR: Experts

For Mumbai-based travel blogger and photographer Siddhartha Joshi, the iPhone XR camera sensor features deeper, larger pixels.

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If you are looking to get that perfect low-light shot this Diwali, the newly-launched iPhone XR is capable of beating all other camera-centric smartphones, say experts.

According to Bengaluru-based photographer Ashish Parmar, the iPhone XR has a wide-angle lens – a 26mm f/1.8 lens – for portraits.

“The iPhone XR emulates the Portrait Mode effect entirely with software designed to recognise human faces. This means it’s really great at creating the Portrait Mode effect with people,” Parmar told IANS.

“You can also shoot quite close to your subject in Portrait Mode with iPhone XR (no “Move farther away” warning), he suggested.

On the single-lens iPhone XR, portraits are shot with its fixed 26mm lens, so the field-of-view is quite a bit wider and the image compression is reduced.

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Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, speaks about the new Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (VOA)

“The same new Smart HDR technology on this year’s iPhone XS is also available on the iPhone XR. This means better dynamic range in everything you shoot,” Parmar said.

Shooting in low-light can be tricky and needs steady hands.

“Look for brighter colours or spots which are receiving light and lock you AE/AF on that area. You will expose for a better lit part of the image and avoid making your image grainy,” suggested Parmar.

If you are shooting moving subjects like fireworks, shoot on LIVE mode as this allows to edit or convert images and make it a long exposure shot with smooth transitions.

“Performance will vary, but I think it’s safe to say the iPhone XR battery life is the best we’ve had in an iPhone yet,” said Parmar.

 

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iPhone XR delight for low-light photography: Experts, Pixabay

For Mumbai-based travel blogger and photographer Siddhartha Joshi, the iPhone XR camera sensor features deeper, larger pixels.

“Deeper to improve image fidelity and larger to allow more light to hit the sensor. The result? Even better low-light photos,” Joshi told IANS.

According to him, the camera is focused on portraits of people.

“I feel that it’s also really quick with finding faces and locking on them. This makes clicking portraits of people faster and a joy with the device,” said Joshi.
Portrait photography isn’t just about having a great subject.

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“It’s also about having a great background. Also, make sure that your subject wears a colour different from the surrounding elements. Otherwise, your subject will blend into the background,” suggested Joshi. (IANS)

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Proposed Tech Export Ban in US Could Affect Apple iPhones

There has been no comment from Apple expressing concerns or opinions on the matter as yet

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Proposed technology export ban in US could affect Apple. Flickr Commons

A ban has been proposed in the US on the selling of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), computer vision and iPhone processor technology, which could majorly affect trade, working and research of many tech giants, including Apple.

In Apple’s case, such restrictions on AI technology could hypothetically prevent the company from selling iPhones in specific markets completely, or force it to produce a version with features cut to comply with licensing rules, Apple Insider reported on Monday.

According to a document shared on Twitter by former presidential technology and national security advisor R. David Edelman, the US Bureau of Industry and Security has requested for public comments about the idea of monitoring the sales of certain technologies to other countries.

The filing is a request for public comment on “criteria for identifying emerging technologies that are essential to US national security”, due to the potential of being used as conventional weapons, weapons of mass destruction, terrorist applications, intelligence collection, or “could provide the United States with a qualitative military or intelligence advantage”, the report added.

The technologies are being tested for national security impact including deep learning technologies, computer vision, speech and audio processing, AI cloud technologies, AI chipsets, and the potential for audio and video manipulation technologies.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

Apple covers a number of products and services offered to consumers as well as the ones the company is working on which are based on AI — for example, the natural language processing and AI technologies relate to Siri, along with Apple’s other machine learning work, while computer vision would cover Face ID and vision systems used in Apple’s self-driving vehicle-oriented “Project Titan”.

Other general areas raised include navigation, quantum information, sensing technology, robotics, drones, brain-computer interfaces, advanced materials, advanced surveillance and microprocessor technology.

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American citizens can share their responses on the subject only by December 19 — giving only a one-month window for responses from the public before the Bureau starts pressing the matter further.

There has been no comment from Apple expressing concerns or opinions on the matter as yet. (IANS)