Good Picture - 2006: Management and Manipulation

An RPS Symposium - Papers Presented

The following papers were presented at Good Picture 2006. With the full approval of the speakers concerned, we have included here links to some of these presentations.

Prof. Francis Ring - Imaging Heat: New Technology, Old Technique
University of Glamorgan
An insight into Medical Infrared thermal imaging development post WW2. Modern focal plane array IR cameras have replaced mechanical scanning technology, with improved image quality, speed and resolution, but high quality images are still technique dependent, especially for accurate temperature measurement.

Dr. Alan Hodgson - Where Could All My files Go?
Independent Consultant
As more images are stored digitally the issue of the permanence of these files needs to be considered. This presentation will cover the questions you need to ask and offer some solutions to these.

Dr. Nicky Athanassopoulou - The World of Polymer Displays
Cambridge Display Technology
Imagine a world where displays are paper-thin and feather-light with sharp, vivid images that can change faster than the blink of an eye. A world in which these displays are integrated into products from large flat TVs to textiles and even books. This is the world of Cambridge Display Technology which is pioneering polymer OLED displays capable of being produced by inkjet printing.

Dr. Tony Kaye - Prosumer DSC's Colour Management Issue and the Challenge for Print Makers
Kodak Ltd.
The retail price of "prosumer" cameras continues to drop rapidly and often these cameras will offer the user a choice of file formats and colour spaces. Thus print makers (mini-labs, on-line services etc.) will face a growing challenge to deliver high quality prints. The presentation will review the way colour management has been implemented in a few cameras and their "bundled" software. The results of a 2005 trade survey will be shared which shows that many print makers were "blind" to the colour space information embedded in image files. Additionally, even when print makers are colour aware, we will show that poor results may still be achieved because of the less than rigorous approach to colour management adopted by camera manufacturers.

Prof. Robert Hunt - Electronic Displays: Present Performance and Future Possibilities
Colour Consultant
Electronic displays have many virtues, but their shortcomings include: lack of consistency amongst devices, limited colour gamut, and impairment by the presence of ambient light. How some of these shortcomings may be met in some devices being developed for the future will be discussed.

Elizabeth Allen - Image Processing from Capture to Output
Westminster University
The route through the digital imaging chain involves a number of image processing operations, both built-in and user-applied. Designed to optimise, manipulate and enhance colour, tone reproduction and image quality, there are often a variety of different tools to achieve a required result. This presentation covers some of the fundamental principles behind operations such as histogram processing, gamma correction, curves adjustments, sharpening and noise removal techniques. How, why and where they are applied, and characteristic artefacts caused by excessive application will also be explained.

Dr. Graeme - Awcock Phantastic Photosites
University of Brighton
Do you know your CCDs from your CMOS? Your octagonal tessellations from your orthogonal? Your full-frame architecture from your interline transfer? This talk aims to shed some light on the critical technology that is used to deliver all those lovely megapixels.