The Implications of State of the Art Imaging
Course of Study
This website: https://sites.google.com/site/newimagingtechnology/
By Karl M. Kindt III
Adjunct Instructor at Webster
University and Southwestern Illinois College
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Description of the Course Objective:
The course is designed from a cross-professional, cross-discipline, cross-vocational perspective. It will provide students an experience in using a few new imaging technologies that have implications for those with majors in sociology, biology, communications/media, architecture & design, astronomy, paleontology, anthropology, the arts, history, archeology, geography, forensics, sports medicine, physical therapists, the legal professions, political science, theology/philosophy. This course of study provides students with diverse vocational goals the opportunity to explore and analyze how new imaging technologies have and will influence the practice of their chosen professions/vocations.
Although students will gain a hands-on experience in the use of these technologies and how to use these technologies in their chosen professions, the course is focused upon and designed to encourage analysis of how these new imaging technologies will and perhaps already are influencing the practice of a given discipline or profession. Students will learn how these new technologies enable even those with a standard simple digital camera or cell phone camera to create 3d stereo images and will analyze how this new 3d technology enables various disciplines to study the depth of a place and event or work of art. Students will learn how to create highly detailed zoomable images called Gigapans and how this new technology is transforming communications, and of the analysis of sociological, political, cultural and environmental events. Students will learn how to create detailed well focused images of very small objects using a new technology called MicroStack Focus imaging and how this technology enables various professionals to examine the miniscule aspects of reality with much more clarity by bringing tiny objects into total focus. Students will learn a how new a new camera technology (Lytro) captures the entire light field for the total focusing of everything in an area, and students will create video with a camera that captures 1,000 image in one second and see now this enables the professions to analyze movement of high speed events in slow motion, and students will learn how new time-lapse cameras make analysis of changes in a place or natural setting or a slow growing plant not only more generally feasible but inexpensively so. The focus of the course is exposing students to these new technologies, providing a basic hands on experience with the technologies and then encouraging students to reflect and analyze about how these new imaging technologies influence the way various professions explore and practice aspects of the relevant realities in their discipline.
Description of Learning Goals:
1. What is a stereo 3d image, how is it created with the latest imaging technology and what are the various historic and most recent methods of presenting and viewing these images? Students will learn how the latest 3d stereo technology produces images that can be viewed without the specialized glasses on 3d flat panel screens. See https://sites.google.com/site/indepthphotos/
2. Students will actually create stereo 3d images for practical use in their various majors and go to locations where the creation of 3d imagery will augment and enhance the presentation of the location and increase a deeper understanding of the location. Some students will create microscopic 3d imagery to explore how modern imaging technology enables the capturing the 3d dimension of an object or microscopic life or objects. Other students will learn how to capture the 3d dimension to augment and explore the world of art and actually create 3d works of art using modern imaging technologies.
3. Gigapan imagery, images with billions of bytes of detail, will be created and explored using a robotic head upon which a professional digital camera is mounted. Students will learn how to create these images both with the robotic head and without it and how to best use these images in the various professions. (See gigapan.org for examples).
4. Using a state-of-the art Lytro camera that captures the entire light field, students will explore how capturing an image in which focusing is done AFTER the image is in the computer will impact the various disciplines and professions.. The Lytro camera captures the whole scene in such a way that you can focus after the image has been captured. And focusing after the fact, means no auto-focus motor. No auto-focus motor means no shutter delay. Students will explore how the moment you meant to capture is captured, not the one a shutter-delayed camera captured for you. (See Lyrto.com)
5. When one needs to create an image of a very small object or a microscopic item, the problem is depth of field. Getting more than just the surface of an object in focus is impossible with normal photography. However, new multi-stack focusing technology makes it possible to create a totally focused 3d image of even microscopic entities. Students will explore how to create these images and what the ability to create these types of images means for various professions and disciplines.
7. Digital time lapse cameras are being used to capture
transformations in nature and in urbanization and students will experiment with
a time lapse digital camera to gain insight as to how the compression of time
when evaluating and analyzing events or places or objects can increase
understanding and reveal aspects of reality that may otherwise not be
understood. To see a study in cloud formation and movement go to: http://alexpittphotography.com/Timelapse/TLut010_jackson_hole1.html .
Description of Topics/Themes of Each Session:
Reading Assignments from Possible Texts:
o Stack-focusing – an object is photographed with various parts of it in focus and other parts out of focus but then a computer software program takes each separate image and combines them into an image that is in full focus, throwing out the pieces of images that were out of focus. This new method of imaging technology permits macro/close up images of tiny objects to be fully in focus, even microscopic crystals or amoebas.
o Gigapan – a panorama of a place or an object but one that is created using either a closeup lens or telephoto lens in such a way as to stitch together perhaps 100 or more overlapping detailed shots that then can be zoomed in and examined. See gigapan.org for examples.
o 3d image – two images are created, one for the left eye, one for the right eye and then various technologies are used to cause the person’s brain to see stereo depth as if the person were observing a real 3 dimensional object or scene. Glassless 3d technology will be released next year.
o Lytro camera – an all light field focus camera that captures all the light of a given scene so that everything is in focus. In contrast to autofocus cameras that will focus on the main subject of the photograph, Lytro all-light-field cameras bring everything in the scene into focus, not just the main subject.
· 10 page research paper that documents how the imaging technologies are likely to bring changes to a particular profession. Each student will choose one particular profession, perhaps that profession that may be their chosen profession. This paper will also be transformed into a Powerpoint slideshow and presented as such during our last session to the class. Grading will be based upon this rubric:
o Has the student actually discovered through research examples of these imaging technologies being used in the particular profession or
o Has the student interviewed such a professional and asked how these imaging technologies might be used in this given profession.
o Does the paper properly footnote all quotations, references, URL links
o Does the paper include images or links to images on the web that are relevant to the points being made
· At the end of each session the students will write a synopsis of salient points made in the lecture and at the start of the next session will be asked to present that synopsis in a brief 5 minute mini-lecture. This assignment will be graded on the basis of whether or not the student has included all the points made in the previous lecture. Students will take turns at making these brief presentations but all students will turn in their synopsis to be graded.
· Each student will create a gigapan, create a stereo3d image, create a macro-stacked focused image, create a high-speed video of a moving subject, create an all focused image with the Lytro camera and explain how these images could be used in a given profession. Each student will be provided in-class with the technology necessary to create these image products and class time will be allocated in such a way that each will be provided the time and necessary tools and will be supervised in the actual ‘lab’ experience while others look on and learn. Some of these image productions may involve a field trip, though this is an optional aspect of this rubric to be determined (such as a field trip over to the Art Museum or Forest Park). These image products will be graded as to whether the student has related the technology to the chosen profession and can explain how it is so related in a paragraph.*
· Mid-term exam will cover terminology regarding the new imaging technologies and questions pertaining to its current use by various professions as presented in the lectures and in the assigned readings.
will cover all the lectures, all the readings and include a list of terms to be
defined and will test the students’ basic understanding of how the new imaging
technology is and can be used in a given profession.