Avid Instagram users cherish this software, because your photos will look better thanks to Google and MIT, and the new developing program to remove all foreground obstructions from an image. Window reflections, stains, water droplets or chain links will be a thing of the past and with a few simple processes, they will quickly be removed.
Google and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has teamed up in order to develop a piece of software that will enable users to quickly eliminate all obstructions from their pictures. The companies worked together and managed to create what could be called a prototype, so far, that has shown excellent results in comparison to other similar apps.
For now unnamed, the new algorithm will be using short videos or pictures taken in burst mode in order to provide the program a proper idea of what the picture should look like. The video should be brief in order for it to remove the unwanted frames or it would require a number between 5 and 7 pictures to mix into the perfect, obstruction-free blend.
The algorithm will then process the images and develop a second layer for the visual elements impairing the full picture before it removes them. That would require the user to take several pictures in order to provide multiple sample points or moving the camera in a similar manner done for the panoramic mode.
This method is combined with MIT’s different approach at developing a software that will detect offset parts of the images, which are often found in reflective surfaces such as windows. Neither technology is yet 100% accurate, though the first has shown better results in comparison to MIT’s method that features a bit of ghosting after the picture is deemed ‘clean’.
It’s not yet clear how the software is meant to be used, but it can be guessed that it will come as an update soon enough. It’s much more likely that it will be used by social media outlets such as Instagram or Facebook than professional photographers, who could risk the journalistic integrity of their photo if it’s digitally altered.
It will still be the case for journalists to find a better angle rather than snapping a picture with an obstruction and then removing it because its authenticity might be called into question afterwards. However, it’s unlikely that anyone using the software for non-commercial and non-professional purposes will have issue.
Perhaps gone will be the days when some actual effort in Photoshop will be required to remove a window reflection or remove any kind of foreground obstruction. The simple software will do that all by itself.