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System and Method to Derive Camera Settings Based on Crowd Sourcing Techniques

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240979D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 52K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to allow users of Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras to capture the ideal photograph at popular photographic locations. The method uses crowd sourcing to provide the user with information about how past photographs were captured at that exact location with the same or similar cameras and camera accessories.

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System and Method to Derive Camera Settings Based on Crowd Sourcing Techniques

Users of digital cameras, such as Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras, due to lack of knowledge and expertise in photography, do not always utilize the camera system's features. As a result, the users do not always capture the image with the best quality or with the desired focus or enhancements. This can be especially frustrating for a user who knows that other users with the same camera equipment have achieved the desired image.

The novel contribution is a method to allow users to capture the ideal photograph while visiting a popular photographic location (e.g., architectural landmark, national monument, natural wonder, etc.). To achieve photographic success, the method uses crowd sourcing to provide information to the user about how another photographer captured a photograph at the same location with the same camera or camera style.

The method and system store and present crowd-sourced photographs, the settings used to take the photographs, the camera types by a specific Global Positioning System (GPS) location, time of day, etc. When another, possibly less-experienced, photographer arrives at that same location, that user can access the stored settings for a photograph, apply the settings to the current camera, and successfully capture the desired image. (Note: Although this article references DSLR cameras in a use-case, the novel contribution is applicable to any device that is capable of taking photographs.)

Method steps for initial image capture:

1. Photographer subscribes to described photography service/application 2. Photographer composes the desired photograph and takes the picture 3. The system uploads to the service the picture meta data including, but not limited to, camera type, date/time, weather, and settings for the composed picture, as well as the exact GPS location 4. Optionally, the photographer can include a specific satisfactory/unsatisfactory notation

Method steps for amateur to take advantage of the service:

1. Amateur subscribes to the service 2. Amateur arrives at the general location 3. The camera or mobile device requests recommendations from the photograph service based on camera activation or user initiated request 4. Service presents several photographs to the amateur based on location, weather, time of day, and camera type (others options can be considered).

5. Amateur selects the most-liked composure of the photograph 6. Service provides the amateur the camera settings (described above). These settings are presented to the apparatus in charge of changing camera settings; however, if no such apparatus is available, then the user manually performs the setting changes
7. Amateur takes the picture and reviews it for like/dislike/refinement
8. Amateur, upon satisfaction, leaves the camera settings and photograph for later

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