Figure 1: (Left) Three models of the Michelangelo’s David illuminated with a spatially-varying lighting environment captured with the proposed Stereo Light Probe device. (Right) The same scene with a lighting environment captured with the classical approach of single reflective ball. In this paper we present a practical, simple and robust method to acquire the spatially-varying illumination of a real-world scene. The basic idea of the proposed method is to acquire the radiance distribution of the scene using high-dynamic range images of two reflective balls. The use of two light probes instead of a single one allows to estimate, not only the direction and intensity of the light sources, but also the actual position in space of the light sources. To robustly achieve this goal we first rectify the two input spherical images, then, using a region-based stereo matching algorithm, we establish correspondences and compute the position of each light. The radiance distribution so obtained can be used for augmented reality applications, photo-realistic rendering and accurate reflectance properties estimation. The accuracy and the effectiveness of the method have been tested by measuring the computed light position and rendering synthetic version of a real object in the same scene. The comparison with standard method that uses a simple spherical lighting environment is also shown
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