SunStage: Portrait Reconstruction and Relighting using the Sun as a Light Stage

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SunStage: Portrait Reconstruction and Relighting using the Sun as a Light Stage

SunStage: Portrait Reconstruction and Relighting using the Sun as a Light Stage

“Outdoor portrait photographs are often marred by the harsh shadows cast under direct sunlight. To resolve this, one can use post-capture lighting manipulation techniques, but these methods either require complex hardware (e.g., a light stage) to capture each individual, or rely on image-based priors and thus fail to reconstruct many of the subtle facial details that vary from person to person. In this paper, we present SunStage, a system for accurate, individually-tailored, and lightweight reconstruction of facial geometry and reflectance that can be used for general portrait relighting with cast shadows. Our method only requires the user to capture a selfie video outdoors, rotating in place, and uses the varying angles between the sun and the face as constraints in the joint reconstruction of facial geometry, reflectance properties, and lighting parameters. Aside from relighting, we show that our reconstruction can be used for applications like reflectance editing and view synthesis…”

Source: grail.cs.washington.edu/projects/sunstage/

Paper: https://arxiv.org/pdf/2204.03648.pdf

April 9, 2022
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