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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2014
  • pp: 312–321

Use of commercial off-the-shelf digital cameras for scientific data acquisition and scene-specific color calibration

Derya Akkaynak, Tali Treibitz, Bei Xiao, Umut A. Gürkan, Justine J. Allen, Utkan Demirci, and Roger T. Hanlon  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp. 312-321 (2014)

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Commercial off-the-shelf digital cameras are inexpensive and easy-to-use instruments that can be used for quantitative scientific data acquisition if images are captured in raw format and processed so that they maintain a linear relationship with scene radiance. Here we describe the image-processing steps required for consistent data acquisition with color cameras. In addition, we present a method for scene-specific color calibration that increases the accuracy of color capture when a scene contains colors that are not well represented in the gamut of a standard color-calibration target. We demonstrate applications of the proposed methodology in the fields of biomedical engineering, artwork photography, perception science, marine biology, and underwater imaging.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.1490) Detectors : Cameras
(100.0100) Image processing : Image processing
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(010.1690) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Color

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: July 12, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 5, 2013
Published: January 20, 2014

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Derya Akkaynak, Tali Treibitz, Bei Xiao, Umut A. Gürkan, Justine J. Allen, Utkan Demirci, and Roger T. Hanlon, "Use of commercial off-the-shelf digital cameras for scientific data acquisition and scene-specific color calibration," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, 312-321 (2014)

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