Acquiring and Characterizing Plane-to-Ray Indirect Light Transport

IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography (ICCP) 2018 to appear.


Separation of light transport into direct and indirect paths has enabled new visualizations of light in everyday scenes. However, indirect light itself contains a variety of components from subsurface scattering to diffuse and specular interreflections, all of which contribute to complex visual appearance. In this paper, we present a new imaging technique that captures and analyzes these components of indirect light via light transport between epipolar planes of illumination and rays of received light. This plane-to-ray light transport is captured using a rectified projector-camera system where we vary the offset between projector and camera rows (implemented as synchronization delay) as well as the exposure of each camera row. The resulting delay-exposure stack of images can capture live short and long-range indirect light transport, disambiguate subsurface scattering, diffuse and specular interreflections, and distinguish materials according to their subsurface scattering properties.

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