A streamlined photometric stereo framework for cultural heritage

Chia Kai Yeh*, Nathan Matsuda, Xiang Huang, Fengqiang Li, Marc Sebastian Walton, Oliver Strides Cossairt

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this paper, we propose a streamlined framework of robust 3D acquisition for cultural heritage using both photometric stereo and photogrammetric information. An uncalibrated photometric stereo setup is augmented by a synchronized secondary witness camera co-located with a point light source. By recovering the witness camera’s position for each exposure with photogrammetry techniques, we estimate the precise 3D location of the light source relative to the photometric stereo camera. We have shown a significant improvement in both light source position estimation and normal map recovery compared to previous uncalibrated photometric stereo techniques. In addition, with the new configuration we propose, we benefit from improved surface shape recovery by jointly incorporating corrected photometric stereo surface normals and a sparse 3D point cloud from photogrammetry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Vision - ECCV 2016 Workshops, Proceedings
EditorsGang Hua, Hervé Jégou
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783319466033
StatePublished - 2016
EventComputer Vision - ECCV 2016 Workshops, Proceedings - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Oct 8 2016Oct 16 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9913 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceComputer Vision - ECCV 2016 Workshops, Proceedings


  • 3D surface shape Reconstruction
  • Near light position calibration
  • Photogrammetry
  • Photometric stereo
  • Reflectance transformation imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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