Photometric Stereo

Katsushi Ikeuchi, Yasuyuki Matsushita, Ryusuke Sagawa, Hiroshi Kawasaki, Yasuhiro Mukaigawa, Ryo Furukawa, Daisuke Miyazaki

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Shading on a surface provides strong cues for us to perceive the 3D shape of an object. The study of computationally inferring a 3D shape from shading cues originated with shape from shading (Horn in Shape from shading: a method for obtaining the shape of a smooth opaque object from one view. Technical report, 1970, [1], Ikeuchi and Horn in Artif Intell 17(1–3):141–184, 1981, [2]), which aims to estimate a 3D shape from a single image observed under a light source. The problem has attracted many researchers’ attentions since then because of its mathematically rich problem structure and important practical applications. Later, it was shown that, instead of a single image, the use of multiple images observed under different lighting conditions could alleviate the difficulty of the problem of 3D shape estimation from shading cues. This multiple-image approach is known as photometric stereo. This chapter describes the problem of photometric stereo and its solution methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
ISSN (Print)2191-6586
ISSN (Electronic)2191-6594

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


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