Portrait Mode for the S10 Plus.

Example of S10 Portrait mode.

Me and my wife finally decided to upgrade our phones to an actual new phone as we had some money left over from our tax return. So we worked into our budget and while I haven’t fully tested out many of the features we do take plenty of pictures.

One I’ve been playing around with is the portrait mode and it’s probably one of my favorite features with the S10 Plus’ camera. We had a birthday celebration for my Grandpa and I wanted to test it out and see what family thought about it.

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My cousin
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My cousin
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My wife
These photos feature the portrait mode of the S10plus which really impress me.
My cousin
These photos feature the portrait mode of the S10plus which really impress me.
My grandpa
These photos feature the portrait mode of the S10plus which really impress me.
My aunt’s husband. (He’s earned “Uncle” now.)
These photos feature the portrait mode of the S10plus which really impress me.
My cousin.

In some places the the color mixes with the grayscale background, but it still greatly highlights whatever you focus on in Portrait mode. You can also instead of using grayscale just blur out the background with a sliding scale as to how much. I haven’t taken many pictures though in anything but this grayscale.

One thing that the S10+ seems to struggle somewhat with is lower light and night situations – which I can confirm. Google’s Pixel 3 phone apparently is the best camera on the market for low light shots despite having a single camera on both sides. Well, the android community has worked it’s magic once again and there’s a google camera software port for multiple phones on the android platform .

That’s a big deal because it means we get our hands on the software which Google has utilized to make their camera on the Pixel 3 so much better in low-light situations.

Ill expand this post later as there’s some other cool modes I think I worth highlights, including the slow-motion one.

With All the Recent Bans on Social Media, Is It Time For A Scorched Earth Mindset?

We know the Salem Witch trials finally stopped when they accused the colonial governor’s wife. It had gone too far. No longer was it just some random slave from Barbados put through the ringer, but a member of the ruling class.  What does this lesson hold for the modern digital age?

 Should we flag and report every video from those on social media who demand bannings and digital burnings? Should Oliver Darcy have every single tweet, post, and any video’s he’s ever been on flagged? Perhaps its at that point.   Perhaps we should fight bannings by demanding the banning of those who called for it.

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Is Walking The Social Media Tightrope Worth the Risk Anymore?

“Twitter is weird. A huge amount of what’s written there is metatextual commentary on other tweets intended for a knowing audience reading in a specific moment. It’s an ephemeral, self-referential mode of discourse that is unfortunately not ephemeral or tied to reference points at all — in fact, it’s designed to be broadcast, archived, searched, and embedded by anyone, in any context, at any point in the future.” – Ezra Klein from Vox

Well is it?

Successful provocateurs will say yes and unfortunate souls like Justine Sacco will say it most certainly was not.  I’ll theorize that a good chunk of users want to make a name for themselves at some point.  They want to be famous and thus will have to walk the tightrope.

Everyone wants to build their own special brand. They want to be someone unique, while being controversial enough to push just the right buttons and step outside boundaries by inches to stand out in a crowded online world.  Provocation = profit.  A few make a living and following by doing this and the rest don’t.  You can be a self-made man and be your own boss!  Basically you self-brand.

We of course have a bit of familiarity with those who make it and can ACTUALLY freelance and pay their bills because they did just that.  That “fame” and newly acquired online rep comes at a price though; you can go from self-made and having made it to zero quite fast.

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