Uncalibrated Near-Light Photometric Stereo
In Proceedings British Machine Vision Conference 2014
AbstractIn this work we solve the uncalibrated photometric stereo problem with lights placed near the scene. We investigate different image formation models and find the one that best fits our observations. Although the devised model is more complex than its far-light counterpart, we show that under a global linear ambiguity the reconstruction is possible up to a rotation and scaling, which can be easily fixed. We also propose a solution for reconstructing the normal map, the albedo, the light positions and the light intensities of a scene given only a sequence of near-light images. This is done in an alternating minimization framework which first estimates both the normals and the albedo, and then the light positions and intensities. We validate our method on real world experiments and show that a near-light model leads to a significant improvement in the surface reconstruction compared to the classic distant illumination case.
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