“3D Photography” by Curless, Seitz, Bouguet, Levoy, Nayar, et al. …

  • ©Brian Curless, Steven M. Seitz, Jean-Yves Bouguet, Marc Levoy, and Shree K. Nayar



Entry Number: 19


    3D Photography

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    Knowledge of basic techniques for representing and rendering surfaces and volumes. Familiarity with triangular meshes, voxels, and implicit functions (isosurfaces of volumes). Understanding of basic image processing. Experience with still photography. 

    The fundamentals of cameras and ways of calibrating them. Standard and emerging passive vision methods, including stereo, structure from motion, shape from focus/defocus, shape from shading, interactive photogrammetry, and voxel coloring. Active vision methods: imaging radar, optical triangulation, moire, active stereo, active depth from defocus, and desktop shadow striping. The Digital Michelangelo Project.

    While optical cameras measure the visible light radiated from a scene, 3D photography systems measure scene geometry and color. Combining these two technologies could change computer graphics by providing an effective means of constructing graphical scenes of unparalleled detail and realism. This course presented the current state of the art in 3D photography and described the principles behind a number of current techniques. Leading researchers in the field introduced the fundamental concepts, surveyed a variety of techniques, examined a few successful approaches at the forefront of 3D photography, and discussed the relative merits and weaknesses of current approaches. 


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    Mary Whitton


    Charles Babbage Institute Archives, University of Minnesota

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