This Researcher Has Come Up With A Way to Take Pictures Underwater As On Land
Oceanographer and engineer Derya Akkaynak has come up with a breakthrough in the world of photography. During her post-doctoral work under Tali Treibitz at the University of Haifa, she developed an algorithm that can more or less "eliminate the water" from a photograph.
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The technology, called Sea-thru, could potentially be a massive shakeup in the photography industry, especially in terms of researchers.
The technology isn't like playing with the levels and contrasts in an image editor like Photoshop. It more or less "removes the water" from the image, allowing for a brilliantly clear and vibrant colors, where such a thing could only be found on land before this.
The backscatter is caused by the way light moves and refracts through the water, and the Sea-thru technology was designed after capturing over 1100 images from two different bodies of water, both optically and in location.
They used the photos, along with a color chart, from multiple angles, in order to make sure the picture was captured completely. Though once the camera or system is trained with the algorithm, the color chart becomes irrelevant.