April 2014: Socialized Mobile Photography

posted Apr 12, 2014, 9:21 AM by Symeon Papadopoulos
Wenyuan Yin, Tao Mei, Chang Wen Chen, Shipeng Li, "Socialized Mobile Photography: Learning to Photograph With Social Context via Mobile Devices," IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 184-200, Jan 2014, doi:10.1109/TMM.2013.2283468

Abstract: The popularity of mobile devices equipped with various cameras has revolutionized modern photography. People are able to take photos and share their experiences anytime and anywhere. However, taking a high quality photograph via mobile device remains a challenge for mobile users. In this paper we investigate a photography model to assist mobile users in capturing high quality photos by using both the rich context available from mobile devices and crowdsourced social media on the Web. The photography model is learned from community-contributed images on the Web, and dependent on user's social context. The context includes user's current geo-location, time (i.e., time of the day), and weather (e.g., clear, cloudy, foggy, etc.). Given a wide view of scene, our socialized mobile photography system is able to suggest the optimal view enclosure (composition) and appropriate camera parameters (aperture, ISO, and exposure time). Extensive experiments have been performed for eight well-known hot spot landmark locations where sufficient context tagged photos can be obtained. Through both objective and subjective evaluations, we show that the proposed socialized mobile photography system can indeed effectively suggest proper composition and camera parameters to help the user capture high quality photos.