Table-top computed lighting for practical digital photography

Ankit Mohan, Jack Tumblin, Bobby Bodenheimer, Cindy Grimm, Reynold Bailey

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


We apply simplified image-based lighting methods to reduce the equipment, cost, time, and specialized skills required for high-quality photographic lighting of desktop-sized static objects such as museum artifacts. We place the object and a computer-steered moving-head spotlight inside a simple foam-core enclosure, and use a camera to quickly record low-resolution photos as the light scans the box interior. Optimization guided by interactive user sketching selects a small set of frames whose weighted sum best matches the target image. The system then repeats the lighting used in each of these frames, and constructs a high resolution result from re-photographed basis images. Unlike previous image-based relighting efforts, our method requires only one light source, yet can achieve high resolution light positioning to avoid multiple sharp shadows. A reduced version uses only a hand-held light, and may be suitable for battery-powered, field photography equipment that fits in a backpack.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGGRAPH 2006 - ACM SIGGRAPH 2006 Courses
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)1595933646, 9781595933645
StatePublished - Jul 30 2006
Event2006 ACM SIGGRAPH Courses, SIGGRAPH 2006 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 30 2006Aug 3 2006

Publication series

NameSIGGRAPH 2006 - ACM SIGGRAPH 2006 Courses


Other2006 ACM SIGGRAPH Courses, SIGGRAPH 2006
CountryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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