Your Next Camera will Feature …

Computational photography.

Shree K. Nayar, chairman of the computer science department at Columbia University, does research that includes computational photography. “The data megapixel sensors gather is just an intermediate step on the way to a picture,” he said. “We are interested in how you design a camera that goes hand in hand with computation to create a new kind of picture.”

Many images produced by computational photography are seen mainly in research — for example, in shots where the focus has been changed after the fact. But inexpensive applications for ordinary camera phones are also starting to appear, said Marc Levoy, a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford.

“A year ago this wasn’t happening,” he said. “But the industry is beginning to think that if the megapixel war is over, computational photography may be the next battleground.”

Computational Photography May Help Us See Around Corners –


Edward Steichen: “No one has ever exhausted the possibilities of a Brownie.”

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3 Responses to Your Next Camera will Feature …

  1. lukemedwayuk says:

    Interesting article, I especially like the idea of being able to change the focus point once a photo has been taken. I wonder if the same could be done with the shutter speed, so that if you wanted to freeze a shot from a long exposure, you could select a specific range on the image timeline. That would take a hell of alot of processing power to make this kind of shot a reality since there are many variables that the developer would need to overcome (such as file size) but definitely possible… That is if it hasn’t been done already.

    Edward has obviously hit the nail on the head with this one though, the possibilities are ultimately endless, just depends how much time you have on your hands I guess.

    • thepondonome says:

      Yes, the labs are the front of the pipeline, and this stuff will eventually make its way out to us.

      I have always admired Steichen, since a good friend gave me a book of his work. You might want to give his name a google or two. Steichen’s comment did not concern this, not directly anyway, since he died in 1973; he was addressing those who put technology over insight and imagination.

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