No More Shut-eye In Digital Pics

By on May 26, 2005

Rob should appreciate this one:

Digital images featuring someone in mid-blink could be banished forever using an image-analysis system for cameras developed in Japan.

The system developed by Kaneko’s team gets around the problem by snapping 15 frames in 0.5 seconds after the shutter button is clicked. A computer then rapidly analyses these image, discarding those in which the subject is blinking, leaving photographer with a better final snap.

Via New Scientist.



  1. I find that people actually blinking in a photograph is surprisingly rare. People will tell you, “I blinked”, especially with a flash, but their reaction times prevents them from actually closing their eyes until well after the flash has been fired and the image is captured.

    I did, though, manage to take one this weekend where I caught everyone in the picture blinking, including a horse on the other side of the fence.

  2. Yeah, but from the article:

    “Digital cameras can cause people to inadvertently blink at the vital moment by emitting several pre-photo flashes. These are meant to prevent red eye by making the subject’s irises contract, but they can also dazzle the target and make them to shut their eyes when the picture is captured.”

    So supposedly this problem is more prevalent with digitals.

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