The two most important lessons in mobile photography of the genius behind Google's camera

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One of the biggest revolutions in the world of mobile photography came in 2017 with Google Pixels. As a manufacturer that began manufacturing its own mobiles, Google managed to become one of the leading references in mobile photography, being considered by many to be the best camera in mobile photography ever created.

Although the competition for mobile photography is tighter than ever, the Pixel's notoriety has given Marc Levoy, the engineer who led the team that created such a spectacular camera. Marc left his post on Google and now works for Adobe to create the best camera app for everyone. After he changed company, he has been interviewed by The Verge and we can learn some interesting details about computational photography.

Marc Levoy explains two very interesting concepts of mobile photography
As the mobile industry has reached a minimum viable power level and virtually all major applications work well on any mobile, mobile photography has become one of the most important aspects, capable of determining on several occasions which can be the best mobile of the year based on photographic results.

Sensors larger than 100 megapixels or several cameras are some of the weapons that are taking the most pointer manufacturers, but at the end of the day, it is the software that determines which photographs end up convincing us the most. There are mobiles like the Pixel 4a, which with a single 12 Mpx sensor is capable of making spectacular photographs.



The war of the megapixels and what really matters
About the resolution of modern sensors, Marc Levoy does not seem particularly convinced that they will help improve the final result of the photographs. For the former Google engineer, the number of megapixels plays a secondary role. The ratio of signal to noise depends more on the size of the sensor than on the pixels they have.

With the same sensor size, increasing pixels gives you more information, but less accurate, so there is no clear improvement in quality, at least when processing and processing information.

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The influence of art on mobile photography
Another aspect that Levoy has been asked is the photographic differences between the Pixels, Apple's multiple course changes, or Samsung's sometimes excessive processing. Levoy indicates that it is not a technological issue, but an artistic one.

When it came to facing the dynamic range of Google's camera, Levoy studied how artists interpreted the dynamic range, with Caravaggio and his shadow management influence on the development of the Pixel 2's camera.

He is not the only artist to have influenced the Cameras of the Pixel, since during the last year the team had Titian as a reference, showing much lighter shadows.

If you are interested in Marc Levoy we recommend that you listen to the full interview on The Verge Podcast. I already have it written down to listen to it this afternoon, and if you're passionate about computational photography and you're good at the Anglo-Saxon language, so should you.

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