Computational photography – Synthcam


in Geek stuff, Photography

I have been experimenting with an iPhone program called SynthCam which is intended to produce interesting focus effects (using synthetic aperture) and reduced noise in low-light images.

It isn’t the easiest program to use, but it does seem like it could produce some interesting effects – particularly when it comes to intentionally limiting depth of field, which is a limitation of the standard iPhone camera.

This article has much more information on the concept behind computational photography and the current state of the art in the field.

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Milan September 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm
. October 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Cisco, which acquired Flip’s maker, Pure Digital Technologies, may have killed the Flip earlier this year for reasons that remain obscure. But a start-up has taken its lessons to heart. Lytro looks to be, if anything, even more disruptive than Flip. The Economist has previously written about the technology behind its mould-breaking camera, which employs tools developed by the nascent field of computational photography to reconstruct the path of light rays, rather than simply capture where they hit the film or photodetectors, thus permitting any part of the image to be focused after snapping it. It is the brainchild of Ren Ng, who originally developed the concept for his doctoral thesis at Stanford University. The company he founded reportedly raised an initial $50m to build a device.

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