11 February 2021
Google Photos is getting a new update that will enable a new feature called 3D “Cinematic photos.” Google via a blog post says cinematic photos will let you relive your memories in a way that feels more vivid and realistic.
Google has also shared a picture that shows how the cinematic effect is making it look more captivating. The idea is to make your picture look more real by adding depth to it. The exact definition of a cinematic shot may not be too clear but the crux here is to add true to life effect.
Google says the new feature uses machine learning to predict the image’s depth and produce a 3D representation of the scene – “even if the original image doesn’t include depth information from the camera.” It attempts to produce the same scene that you were seeing while capturing the moment.
As visible from the example given by Google, the feature separates the background from the subject. The latter is then enlarged to take up most of the vertical screen as part of a “smooth panning effect.”
Once you update the app, open Google Photos and you will see Cinematic photos in your recent highlights at the top of your photo grid. You can save or share these cinematic photos with your friends and family as well so that they can relive the moment too. Google also gives a heads-up that it is still improving the Cinematic photos. After all, offering a natural-looking perspective with the help of mere algorithms is a task. But then we should not forget that Google is known for its computational photography prowess and it is the same company that proved even a single camera can produce brilliant shots. Still, this is a long journey ahead and the tech will take a good amount of time to ripe fully.
In addition to this, Google is bringing changes to Collages, the most neglected part of many editing apps. The update will bring more collage designs that feature “richer, artistically designed layouts populated and stylized using AI.” It is good to see that Google is even doing its bit for the collages that otherwise do not get much attention. Collage will pick the right layout for the pictures with similar colors and also add font and background color that could match these selected pictures. Google says this will bring up a cohesive look.
Furthermore, the Memories carousel will now also highlight the “most important people in your life.” Google also pointed out that while memories are worth revisiting, not all give us rejoice. So, users will always have the controls to hide specific people or time periods so they don’t show up in your Memories.
Also, “And starting soon, you’ll also see Memories about your favorite things—like sunsets—and activities—like biking or hiking—based on the photos you upload.”
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