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How To Double The Resolution Of Photos Shot From Any Smartphone
By Mikelle Leow, 30 Oct 2019
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The newer iPhones capture crisper photos because of Apple’s Smart HDR and Deep Fusion technologies, which essentially take a series of near-identical photos and refine them to create one shot.
You can actually recreate these methods and double the resolution of your smartphone photos, as shown by Usman Dawood of architectural and interior photography company Sonder Creative in a video.
Dawood used his new iPhone 11 Pro to demonstrate the technique, turning the iPhone’s 12MP photos into 24MP, but it works with any smartphone. All you will need, besides a handset, is the desktop version of Photoshop.
To get started, Dawood suggests to capture 15 to 20 photos of the same frame, and keep your hand as still as possible. It’s better not to use a stabilizer, as the slight shake from shooting hand-held creates “micro-vibrations” essential for this trick.
In addition, the photographer recommends shooting your photos in RAW to retain all the details of each of the 15 to 20 photos.
After which, import all the photos into Photoshop, and then convert the layers into a smart object. From there, you can double the resolution of the final image without any noise or graininess.
While you might be able to mimic the technique with similar image-editing software, Dawood has found that Photoshop is most proficient at distinguishing which details to transfer to the final product.
Check out the 10-minute tutorial below.
[via PetaPixel, video via Sonder Creative, cover image via Shutterstock]
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