Table-top computed lighting for practical digital photography

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

*Corresponding author for this work

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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-re solution 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)
StatePublished - 2007
EventACM SIGGRAPH 2007 - International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 5 2007Aug 9 2007


OtherACM SIGGRAPH 2007 - International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction


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