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Free photo upscale app

Sometimes you have a small-sized photo that you would want to enlarge or upscale. But upscaling a photograph always means trading resolution for size. If you have Photoshop, it’s “preserve details” scaling can do a pretty good job. But PetaPixel reports that a freeware program called “A Sharper Scaling” can do it even better. The program was developed by Steffen Gerlach, and on his website he compares it to Bicubic Interpolation (BI), BI and sharpening, and Photoshop Preserve Details with noise reduction set to zero. Learn more or download the program at http://a-sharper-scaling.com. The program is only for Windows 7 and up users (PetaPixel).

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  • Untitled (Richard Idea)
  • Vicky (Marie Jaeza Panlilio)
  • Untitled (Kenneth Q. Macapugay)
  • Forest Queen Butterfly (Joan Monis Pabona)
  • Looking Through The Eyes (Jasper Paul Hernandez)
  • Sagpulon Falls (Arellano Galdo III).
  • Work Like Ants (Mark Lorenz Dayon)
  • Proud Daddy, My Photograph, My Daughter (Carlos Andaya Andres)
  • Untitled (Marcelo Banta Frias III)
  • Fields of Green (Reinier Rowie Guadalupe)

Google’s Android Experiments has come up with a purposely imperfect VR camera app. “Sprayscape” doesn’t simply capture a 360-degree sphere.It creates an unpredictable collage of images.Just point your phone and tap the screen to spray faces, places, or anything else onto your canvas.Once you’ve captured your 360-degree photo collage, you can share your photos with the rest of the world via a link.The app uses the Cardboard SDK to read gyroscope data and the NatCam Unity plugin to control the camera. Download from Google Play.

The “self-five selfie” has been dubbed as the web’s latest photo trend. It is also an efficient way to break your phone. The trend was created by North Carolina State University engineer Seth Schneider, who shared his successful selfie to Twitter and received half a million likes and hundreds of thousands of retweets. How is this done? You take a selfie high-fiving yourself without using a timer. There’s no fun in using the timer, says Schneider. “With this you gotta push the button and be speedy.” Or shatter your phone’s screen. You have been warned (PetaPixel).

And now to our featured readers led by two new contributors.

Mark Lorenz Dayon, a BS Accountancy student at UM Tagum College shares his black-and-white photo of construction workers that he titled “Work Like Ants.” Mark has been a photojournalist since high school and is currently a member of Collegium, his school’s student publication.

From Jasper Paul Hernandez is the photo of children titled “Looking Through The Eyes.” He took the photo in Baseco during an outreach project. A mass communication graduate of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Jasper now works at a media agency.

Other photos on today’s page come from previously featured readers.

Reinier Rowie Guadalupe, an IT technical specialist sent in the photo titled “Fields of Green” taken in Pangasinan with a SJCAM4000 action camera mounted on a semi-hobby grade drone. “It’s been a long while since I’ve sent my last contribution to your column in Picture Perfect,” writes Reinier. “Although I am busy with my career, I have never forgotten my passion for photography.

Carlos “Dong” Andres, creative arts specialist II at the Public Relations Department of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority shares a photo of his daughter Shania Sy Sarmiento who bagged third place in the search for Ms. and Mr. Aura Games 2016 of Mondrian Aura College in Subic Bay Freeport. Dong titled the photo “Proud Daddy, My Photograph, My Daughter.” His photo write-up reads: “My daughter is the world to me so whenever I am lonely, I just look at her and take her photos and I know she is the one thing that makes me realize what I have accomplished.”

The photo “Sagpulon Falls” comes from Arellano Galdo III. He relates that the falls are located in Brgy. San Isidro, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. “For almost 26 years of living here in Jasaan Mis. Or., it is my first time to visit this alluring waterfalls and the reason for coming here is because of a prenup shoot. Sagpulon Falls is a 150-foot cascade gracing the mossy cliff and it has a small cave near the main falls.”

OFW Joan Pabona submitted the photo of the Forest Queen Butterfly. She took the photo in July at the Hong Kong Park. Joan relates that the butterfly’s life cycle reminds her of our life’s stages. “It gives me the reflection that we, too, are always moving through different stages of life,” shares Joan.

Kenneth Macapugay of Universal Records Inc. writes that he took his untitled photo of four Japanese women in traditional dress during a trip to the Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan.

The untitled photo of a dragonfly comes from Marcelo Frias III. “I took this photo using MyPhone Agua Rio with macro lens,” shares Marcelo. This shot is one of my favorite macro shots because I can’t take macro shots perfectly. Regie Higuit taught me how to take macro shots.”

Marie Jaeza Panlilio, computer programmer at the Department of Health sent in the black-and-white portrait, “Vicky.” “The concept of this photo is to signify this child’s dream of becoming a photographer like her father,” Vicky relates. “I saw in her eyes the dedication that someday she will be good in this field as she always practices using her father’s camera. Simply I know in my heart that she has the eye for photography.”

And Richard Idea contributed the untitled photo of a temple by a river in Thailand.

 

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