By Stephen Schenck | February 14, 2012 11:01 AM
For the budding amateur photographer, getting that perfect shot can be as much about the luck of being in the right place at the right time, as it can be a test of composition skills. Of course, even if you manage to be there, smartphone camera ready, at just the ideal time, there’s always the chance someone will wander into your shot as you’re setting things up, ruining the perfect framing. A processing technique announced this morning by Scalado may soon be able to help, letting you remove unwanted guests from your photos.
The idea behind Scalado Remove is that by taking a sort of “extended exposure” of an image, your phone can recognize which are the truly static background parts. Remove then uses that data to identify the opposite and highlight them on-screen elements that were moving about while you snapped your pic. You can then tap on any of these elements to replace them with the static background imagery from behind, effortlessly removing them from your photo.
The demonstration Scalado’s put together is quite impressive-looking, but we’d love a chance to see just how well Remove ends up working in the real world. The company intends to show more of Remove at the MWC, so that may be just the opportunity. There’s no word yet on any smartphone manufacturers who may work with Scalado to bring this technology to future phones.