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Sneak Peek at the Crazy Image Deblurring Feature That May Appear in Photoshop

At the Adobe MAX 2011 event in LA last week, the company gave a sneak peek into an advanced Image Deblurring feature that may appear in an upcoming version of Photoshop. Provided with a blurred photograph, the feature uses advanced algorithms to calculate the camera movements that caused the blur, which allows the program to do a very accurate unblurring of the photograph. The video is a bit shaky and the quality isn’t the best, but judging from the audience’s reaction when the example photo is unblurred, the feature works extremely well and caused a lot of jaws to drop.


 
  • Anonymous

    What is Rainn Wilson doing there?

  • Anonymous

    What is Rainn Wilson doing there?

  • Anonymous

    What is Rainn Wilson doing there?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Austin-Hoherd/576367461 Daniel Austin Hoherd

    Amazing! So long 1/f-stop rule!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Austin-Hoherd/576367461 Daniel Austin Hoherd

    Amazing! So long 1/f-stop rule!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Austin-Hoherd/576367461 Daniel Austin Hoherd

    Amazing! So long 1/f-stop rule!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Austin-Hoherd/576367461 Daniel Austin Hoherd

    Amazing! So long 1/f-stop rule!

  • Travis

    D:

  • Travis

    D:

  • Travis

    D:

  • Travis

    D:

  • Travis

    D:

  • Anonymous

    We need that software to unblur this video I guess…

    Anyway; This is so awesome.

  • Anonymous

    We need that software to unblur this video I guess…

    Anyway; This is so awesome.

  • Anonymous

    We need that software to unblur this video I guess…

    Anyway; This is so awesome.

  • Anonymous

    We need that software to unblur this video I guess…

    Anyway; This is so awesome.

  • Anonymous

    We need that software to unblur this video I guess…

    Anyway; This is so awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/splitmind_de Dr. gut. Chris

    Imagine the computational power you would need to perform this on a video… but yeah, it will be possible some day, I think.

  • http://twitter.com/splitmind_de Dr. gut. Chris

    Imagine the computational power you would need to perform this on a video… but yeah, it will be possible some day, I think.

  • http://twitter.com/splitmind_de Dr. gut. Chris

    Imagine the computational power you would need to perform this on a video… but yeah, it will be possible some day, I think.

  • http://twitter.com/splitmind_de Dr. gut. Chris

    Imagine the computational power you would need to perform this on a video… but yeah, it will be possible some day, I think.

  • http://twitter.com/splitmind_de Dr. gut. Chris

    Imagine the computational power you would need to perform this on a video… but yeah, it will be possible some day, I think.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome. Now photography can require even less thought and skill during the frame capture. Pretty soon we can just take the picture through PS and never have to leave our comfy vinyl chair!

  • http://twitter.com/Aarography Aaro Keipi

    I think as technical skill during a shoot becomes less important, artistic skill/creativity will become all the more essential. I’m OK with that.

  • Ed1987

    Have you not heard of FocusMagic?

  • http://twitter.com/hburger206 Hburger

    I kind of want to have the before and after original PNGs to compare – it’s hard to tell from the video completely

  • http://twitter.com/hburger206 Hburger

    (or JPGs, whatever ;) )

  • Anonymous

    HOLY SHIT!

  • Anonymous

    Technical skill during the shooting process should never devolve! It’s what gives you the focus on the craft to create! Conducting an orchestra should never be left up to a computer program, it’s the same in photography.

    Given, I’ll probably use this some when the time does come, but it is sad how much automation is happening to even the pro-end of the market. Why do you think the profession is deluged with portrait photographers with their first DSLR and a few flower macro shots for their entire portfolio?

    The more you make something idiot proof, the less time and effort goes into creating something meaningful. It takes work to make beauty, not just a creative idea.

  • http://www.twitter.com/KreativeMente kreativeKING

    This will spawn great new photographers …

  • Anonymous

    So what you’re saying is that professionals shouldn’t ever use tripods, fast shutters, image stabilization or any other assistance when shooting photos? 

    Hell, pro-cameras should have a small electrical current running through the grips to make holding the camera still even more difficult!  After all they’re PRO and should be able to handle a mild impulse to twitch and shake while taking a picture.   The more difficult taking a photo becomes the better of a photographer you are! 

    Oooo and lenses should randomly shift in and out of focus so the photographer has to time it just perfectly to get a shot in focus.   Hmmmm, might as well throw in some random color and exposure shifts too.. you know, just to keep a PRO phtoographer on their toes!

    When I think “professional” equipment and tools I always think “what can I do to make getting this shot as difficult as possible?” and then do that.   You know… to prove that I’m super pro and talented at stupid and inane talents that have nothing to do with photography.

  • Anonymous

    Possible already although perhaps not as accurately.  The Foundry has had this as part of their Furnace Product for a few years. 

    F_DeBlur

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/65079650/39/DeBlur
    http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/furnace/features/

  • Piers Fambely

    It really depends on the purpose of the photograph. While skill should be everything when it comes to art, the vast majority of photos are just attempts to catch a moment with friends or similar.

    I imagine at some point in the future you’ll have this sort of thing built straight into point and click cameras, which would make a world of difference to most people.

  • Lenny

    You mean 1/focal length? :)

  • Asdfghj

    Well… Maybe he meant on a sunny day with ISO 400 and f/32 with a 24mm….

    Okay, I’m just being hopeful. *sigh*

  • Bob

    BLOODY HELL!

  • Mike

    Ugh… Don’t remind me.

  • Mute

    Getting paid.

  • SteelToad

    “We have no need of comfy chairs” …

  • Anonymous

    Now your getting it! If only I could get more people to think like you this world would be a better place for legends like us!

  • Anonymous

    It is a great step forward, no denying that.

    Like I was saying, I will be using this ability when the time comes, the tools are helpful. We have way too much available to us not to use them all. Not that everything should be as difficult as possible for there to be creativity, but it does do something for you when you really do have to involve yourself in the actual act of the capture. This is why there are point and shoot users upgrading for the technical control that comes with DSLRs. I really like the idea of the Lytro cameras, moving focus points in post is an amazing ability! I understand giving way to creative vision, but I’ve found for myself that happens more when I am focused on what I am doing with my camera and the lighting. When I just have the camera on Av I tend to end up with snapshots more often than when I use manual and work out the problems myself.

    I’m a fan of the school of process art. The journey to the final product is where it’s at for me. Take that away and I’ll be a tad sad.

    I think the concepts of my previous points might be something hard for me to communicate. Really my point was that I’m going to miss the days of working for my captures, not just having them happen for me (personal note, not for everyone). Luckily there is film for me to fall back on when that time comes. It’s just time to start stockpiling now…

  • UnMute

    wow it makes skills in taking photo less important.and for sure amateur photographer will have fun with this because their photos will look sharp.I hope photography will not be photoshopgraphy :P

  • N Mckenzie

    I think this would be attributable to taking the conductor away and letting the talented musicians take credit for the music being played.

  • Bronney

    I’ve seen countless crappy “sharp” photos I am sure this wasn’t invented to help the challenged shooters.  A piece of poo smells bad no matter how you shoot it.

  • Aus_Guy

    NO WAY!

  • Chris

    I, personally don’t think this will affect much at all, as its aimed at amateurs, for sure, it will help all of us in the long term, but you have to remember is that pros don’t have to time to mess around on PS on hundreds of pics, its easier to get it right in camera, and not every blurry photo is a bad photo! it is just another tool in the box, which isn’t going to make a bad tog a great one making 100,000K a year.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t that ruin (or fix) the “fuzzy” before shots too?  :)

  • http://twitter.com/KnapePhoto Eric Knape

    Am I the only one who noticed that those attending got to see Weezer and eat food from Wolfgang Puck?

    Oh, right, and a cool new technology that will be great for news services that crowd source photos from people’s cell phones (Arab Spring anyone?).  I’m not going to get into the “this takes away from the art” argument. If you want to engage in that see the other posts from people better than I at such things.

  • http://lensfler.wordpress.com/ Dejan Danailov

    Well, yes … and no at the same tme.
    This feature could help in cases of bad image stabilisation (ot not
    IS at all), and that is great. I don’t see how can this help on
    images that are out of focus blury.

  • Dnguyen

    Goodbye Lytro camera! Goodbye photography!