David Schonauer

State of the Art: Stable Diffusion 3 Is Here; Google's Gemini Is On Pause

TechCrunch   Thursday February 29, 2024

Stability AI has announced Stable Diffusion 3, a next-generation image-synthesis model that, notes Ars Technica, “follows its predecessors by reportedly generating detailed, multi-subject images with improved quality and accuracy in text generation.” While details about the new model are scant, “it’s clearly an attempt to fend off the hype around recently announced competitors from OpenAI and Google,” notes TechCrunch. Meanwhile, reports The Verge, Google is pausing the ability of its new Gemini AI model to generate images of people, after the tool was found to be creating inaccurate historical images.   Read the full Story >>

Trending: On Leap Day, Consider Marilyn Monroe's Jump

By David Schonauer   Thursday February 29, 2024

"When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping and the mask falls so that the real person appears." So noted photographer Philippe Halsman, who from the 1940s through the 1970s shot sparkling portraits of celebrities, intellectuals, and politicians for Life magazine and other publications. He is perhaps best known for is "Jumpology" series of portraits, …   Read the full Story >>

Addendum: Wedding Photographer Goes Viral By Asking For Vendors Table

PetaPixel   Wednesday February 28, 2024

A wedding photographer has gone viral with what she termed an “unpopular opinion”—specifically, that she would rather be seated at a table with other vendors for dinner, and not with other guests. In a TikTok video that has over 3.1 million views, Ohio-based photographer Chelsea McFolly, shared footage of the fun she was having at a “vendors table” at a client’s wedding. Despite McFolly’s belief that this was an “unpopular opinion,” the video amassed over 351,000 likes. Many viewers loved the idea of a separate vendors table, notes PetaPixel.   Read the full Story >>

Trending: The African Photographers Shaping Luxury

Vogue   Wednesday February 28, 2024

Last month, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing collaborated with Ghanaian photographer Prince Gyasi for his first full menswear show since the pandemic. As part of the collaboration, some of Gyasi’s images were printed onto the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2024 ready-to-wear and accessories. Gyasi is part of a new wave of African creatives — including South Africa's Trevor Stuurman, Nigeria’s Stephen Tayo and Kenya’s Barbara Minishi — shaping luxury fashion in and around the continent, notes Vogue Business.   Read the full Story >>

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