Artistic Vision: Providing Contextual Photography Guidance for Rapid In-Camera Iteration

PI: Prof. Dr. James A. Landay


Designers have long known the benefits of iteration and rapid prototyping. Many experienced photographers unknowingly follow a similar process, in particular of iterating in camera: trying out different angles and compositions, varying lighting, adjusting a subject’s pose, etc. However, amateurs often do not realize the benefits of capturing variations of a single shot. Inspired by the parallels between the design thinking process and the photographic process, we design new interfaces that provide contextual in-camera feedback to aid users in learning visual elements of photography. We interactively visualize results of image processing algorithms as additional information for the user at capture-time. In this proposal, we explore ways to encourage stages of the design thinking process, specifically through the design of a guided photography interface that aids in de-cluttering.