news // 2007.10.15 08:10:21 [hh]

Von Insekten lernen: Adobe-VP Dave Story präsentiert "Computational Photography" und den "(De)Focus Brush" für "Photoshop"

Adobe hat in Frankreich einen Prototypen einer Linse vorgestellt, die es ermöglicht, den Schärfebereich und die Blickrichtung später am Computer zu manipulieren. Dave Story, Adobes VP für Digital Imaging, nennt diesen Ansatz "Computational Photography".

"Photoshop"-Produktmanager John Nack kennt die Details, und hat einige Links zum Thema:

"Why," I wondered for a long time, "is a wild-haired Eastern European guy walking around our floor carrying a medium-format camera & a hot glue gun?"  The answer, I discovered, is that Adobe research scientist Todor Georgiev has been working on algorithms for use with a plenoptic camera & was motivated to build his own lenticular lens array.
So, what does any of that mean?  The goal is to let cameras capture a moment in time from multiple slightly different perspectives.  The resulting image (a series of smaller images, actually) might then enable the photographer to change the focal distance of the photo after the fact, or to use depth information to aid in selecting & editing objects. has more info & images, and I think the potential comes through best in's video of Adobe VP Dave Story showing off the lens.  Gizmodo writes, “It’s a way-cool demo, but it might be a while before you see such a fancy lens on everyday cameras. But a focus brush in Photoshop? Whoa. Sign us up.”