Uncalibrated Photometric Stereo Under Natural Illumination

Zhipeng Mo, Boxin Shi, Feng Lu, Sai-Kit Yeung, Yasuyuki Matsushita; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2018, pp. 2936-2945


This paper presents a photometric stereo method that works with unknown natural illuminations without any calibration object. To solve this challenging problem, we propose the use of an equivalent directional lighting model for small surface patches consisting of slowly varying normals, and solve each patch up to an arbitrary rotation ambiguity. Our method connects the resulting patches and unifies the local ambiguities to a global rotation one through angular distance propagation defined over the whole surface. After applying the integrability constraint, our final solution contains only a binary ambiguity, which could be easily removed. Experiments using both synthetic and real-world datasets show our method provides even comparable results to calibrated methods

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author = {Mo, Zhipeng and Shi, Boxin and Lu, Feng and Yeung, Sai-Kit and Matsushita, Yasuyuki},
title = {Uncalibrated Photometric Stereo Under Natural Illumination},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2018}