“The composition context in point-and-shoot photography” by Vaquero and Turk

  • ©Daniel Vaquero and Matthew Turk




    The composition context in point-and-shoot photography



    With the recent popularization of digital cameras and cameraphones, everyone is now a photographer, and the devices provide new opportunities for improving the process and final results. While there has been research on what kinds of subjects users prefer to photograph, and what they do with the images once they are captured [Van House et al. 2005], no formal studies on the process of framing an image using a camera have been performed. To fill this gap, our study attempts to characterize the actions performed by users while framing photos using a point-and-shoot camera, in preparation for taking a photograph. This includes adjusting the camera’s orientation and point of view and triggering zoom and autofocus controls.


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    2. Van House, N., et al. 2005. The uses of personal networked digital imaging: an empirical study of cameraphone photos and sharing. In CHI ’05 Extended Abstracts, 1853–1856.

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