Patents by Inventor Douglas E. Lhotka

Douglas E. Lhotka has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10621769
    Abstract: A method and system. A base photographic image of a scene is combined with N additional photographic images of the scene to form a composite image including M discrete light sources (N?2; M?N). The scene in the base image is exposed to ambient light. The scene of the base image is exposed, in each of the N additional images, to the ambient light and to at least one discrete light source to which the base image is not exposed. The M discrete light sources in the composite image include the discrete light sources to which the scene is exposed in the N additional images. The composite image includes a region surrounding each discrete light source and has an area that correlates with an intensity of light from the discrete light source surrounded by the region. The intensity of light is the intensity at the discrete light source where the light is emitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Kristin S. Moore, Todd P. Seager
  • Patent number: 10623620
    Abstract: In an approach for utilizing photographic metadata for automated photographic setup, a computer receives photographic metadata. The photographic metadata is contained within an image file. The computer transmits configuration information to one or more photographic devices in a photographic setup. The configuration information is based on the photographic metadata. The computer receives a configuration update from the one or more photographic devices in the photographic setup. The computer determines whether the one or more photographic devices in the photographic setup are configured correctly, based on at least comparing the configuration update to the photographic metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael C. Collins, John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Todd P. Seager
  • Publication number: 20180322676
    Abstract: A method and system. A base photographic image of a scene is combined with N additional photographic images of the scene to form a composite image including M discrete light sources (N>2; M?N). The scene in the base image is exposed to ambient light. The scene of the base image is exposed, in each of the N additional images, to the ambient light and to at least one discrete light source to which the base image is not exposed. The M discrete light sources in the composite image include the discrete light sources to which the scene is exposed in the N additional images. The composite image includes a region surrounding each discrete light source and has an area that correlates with an intensity of light from the discrete light source surrounded by the region. The intensity of light is the intensity at the discrete light source where the light is emitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Kristin S. Moore, Todd P. Seager
  • Patent number: 10089767
    Abstract: A method and system for processing light sources. A base photographic image of a scene is combined with N additional photographic images of the scene to form a composite image including M discrete light sources (N?2; M?N). The scene in the base image is exposed to ambient light. The scene of the base image is exposed, in each of the N additional images, to the ambient light and to at least one discrete light source to which the base image is not exposed. The M discrete light sources in the composite image include the discrete light sources to which the scene is exposed in the N additional images. The composite image is displayed on a display device, depicting a region surrounding each discrete light source and having an area that correlates with an intensity of light from the discrete light source surrounded by the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Kristin S. Moore, Todd P. Seager
  • Publication number: 20180234601
    Abstract: In an approach for utilizing photographic metadata for automated photographic setup, a computer receives photographic metadata. The photographic metadata is contained within an image file. The computer transmits configuration information to one or more photographic devices in a photographic setup. The configuration information is based on the photographic metadata. The computer receives a configuration update from the one or more photographic devices in the photographic setup. The computer determines whether the one or more photographic devices in the photographic setup are configured correctly, based on at least comparing the configuration update to the photographic metadata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Michael C. Collins, John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Todd P. Seager
  • Patent number: 9986140
    Abstract: In an approach for utilizing photographic metadata for automated photographic setup, a computer receives photographic metadata. The photographic metadata is contained within an image file. The computer transmits configuration information to one or more photographic devices in a photographic setup. The configuration information is based on the photographic metadata. The computer receives a configuration update from the one or more photographic devices in the photographic setup. The computer determines whether the one or more photographic devices in the photographic setup are configured correctly, based on at least comparing the configuration update to the photographic metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael C. Collins, John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Todd P. Seager
  • Patent number: 9684847
    Abstract: A method for capturing three-dimensional photographic lighting of a spherical lighting device is described. Calculation of boundaries of the spherical lighting device based on lighting properties of at least one light source in a set location of the spherical lighting device is performed. A mapping of multitude points of the spherical lighting device to three-dimensional vectors of at least one camera device using a logical grid is performed. A measurement of brightness of the logical grid of the spherical lighting device is performed. The method further comprises determining brightest grid point of the logical grid of the spherical lighting device, wherein the brightest grid point of the logical grid is measured within a region brightness of the spherical lighting device. The method further comprises calculating the region of brightness of the spherical lighting device based on the determined brightest grid point of the logical grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Kristin S. Moore, Todd P. Seager
  • Publication number: 20160267698
    Abstract: A method and system for processing light sources. A base photographic image of a scene is combined with N additional photographic images of the scene to form a composite image including M discrete light sources (N?2; M?N). The scene in the base image is exposed to ambient light. The scene of the base image is exposed, in each of the N additional images, to the ambient light and to at least one discrete light source to which the base image is not exposed. The M discrete light sources in the composite image include the discrete light sources to which the scene is exposed in the N additional images. The composite image is displayed on a display device, depicting a region surrounding each discrete light source and having an area that correlates with an intensity of light from the discrete light source surrounded by the region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Kristin S. Moore, Todd P. Seager
  • Patent number: 9396571
    Abstract: A method and system for processing light sources found in images. A base photographic image of a scene is combined with N additional photographic images of the scene to form a composite image including M discrete light sources (N?2; M?N). The scene in the base image is exposed to ambient light. The scene of the base image is exposed, in each of the N additional images, to the ambient light and to at least one discrete light source to which the base image is not exposed. The M discrete light sources in the composite image include the discrete light sources to which the scene is exposed in the N additional images. The composite image is displayed on a display device, depicting a region surrounding each discrete light source and having an area that correlates with an intensity of light from the discrete light source surrounded by the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Kristin S. Moore, Todd P. Seager
  • Publication number: 20160034777
    Abstract: A method for capturing three-dimensional photographic lighting of a spherical lighting device is described. Calculation of boundaries of the spherical lighting device based on lighting properties of at least one light source in a set location of the spherical lighting device is performed. A mapping of multitude points of the spherical lighting device to three-dimensional vectors of at least one camera device using a logical grid is performed. A measurement of brightness of the logical grid of the spherical lighting device is performed. The method further comprises determining brightest grid point of the logical grid of the spherical lighting device, wherein the brightest grid point of the logical grid is measured within a region brightness of the spherical lighting device. The method further comprises calculating the region of brightness of the spherical lighting device based on the determined brightest grid point of the logical grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Kristin S. Moore, Todd P. Seager
  • Patent number: 9218667
    Abstract: A method for capturing three-dimensional photographic lighting of a spherical lighting device is described. Calculation of boundaries of the spherical lighting device based on lighting properties of at least one light source in a set location of the spherical lighting device is performed. A mapping of multitude points of the spherical lighting device to three-dimensional vectors of at least one camera device using a logical grid is performed. A measurement of brightness of the logical grid of the spherical lighting device is performed. The method further comprises determining brightest grid point of the logical grid of the spherical lighting device, wherein the brightest grid point of the logical grid is measured within a region brightness of the spherical lighting device. The method further comprises calculating the region of brightness of the spherical lighting device based on the determined brightest grid point of the logical grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Kristin S. Moore, Todd P. Seager
  • Patent number: 9176991
    Abstract: In an approach for collecting and storing photographic metadata, a computer receives a file containing an image. The computer receives photographic metadata from one or more photographic devices. The one or more photographic devices include at least one or more illumination devices. The one or more photographic devices are utilized to create the image. The received photographic metadata includes at least specifications of the one or more photographic devices. The computer stores the received photographic metadata in association with the received file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael C. Collins, John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Todd P. Seager
  • Publication number: 20150228098
    Abstract: A method and system for processing light sources found in images. A base photographic image of a scene is combined with N additional photographic images of the scene to form a composite image including M discrete light sources (N?2; M?N). The scene in the base image is exposed to ambient light. The scene of the base image is exposed, in each of the N additional images, to the ambient light and to at least one discrete light source to which the base image is not exposed. The M discrete light sources in the composite image include the discrete light sources to which the scene is exposed in the N additional images. The composite image is displayed on a display device, depicting a region surrounding each discrete light source and having an area that correlates with an intensity of light from the discrete light source surrounded by the region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Kristin S. Moore, Todd P. Seager
  • Publication number: 20150146970
    Abstract: A method for capturing three-dimensional photographic lighting of a spherical lighting device is described. Calculation of boundaries of the spherical lighting device based on lighting properties of at least one light source in a set location of the spherical lighting device is performed. A mapping of multitude points of the spherical lighting device to three-dimensional vectors of at least one camera device using a logical grid is performed. A measurement of brightness of the logical grid of the spherical lighting device is performed. The method further comprises determining brightest grid point of the logical grid of the spherical lighting device, wherein the brightest grid point of the logical grid is measured within a region brightness of the spherical lighting device. The method further comprises calculating the region of brightness of the spherical lighting device based on the determined brightest grid point of the logical grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Kristin S. Moore, Todd P. Seager
  • Publication number: 20150139570
    Abstract: In an approach for collecting and storing photographic metadata, a computer receives a file containing an image. The computer receives photographic metadata from one or more photographic devices. The one or more photographic devices include at least one or more illumination devices. The one or more photographic devices are utilized to create the image. The received photographic metadata includes at least specifications of the one or more photographic devices. The computer stores the received photographic metadata in association with the received file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael C. Collins, John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Todd P. Seager
  • Publication number: 20150142857
    Abstract: In an approach for utilizing photographic metadata for automated photographic setup, a computer receives photographic metadata. The photographic metadata is contained within an image file. The computer transmits configuration information to one or more photographic devices in a photographic setup. The configuration information is based on the photographic metadata. The computer receives a configuration update from the one or more photographic devices in the photographic setup. The computer determines whether the one or more photographic devices in the photographic setup are configured correctly, based on at least comparing the configuration update to the photographic metadata.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael C. Collins, John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Todd P. Seager
  • Publication number: 20150142409
    Abstract: In an approach for simulating a photographic setup, a computer receives information detailing a first type of device. The computer determines the received first type of device is not included in a device database. The computer inserts the first type of device into the device database. The computer receives a selection of one or more types of devices. The one or more selected types of devices are included in the device database and include the first type of device. The computer receives a configuration for each of the one or more selected types of devices. The computer creates a simulation of a photographic setup. The simulation is based on the one or more selected types of devices and the received configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael C. Collins, John F. Kelley, Douglas E. Lhotka, Todd P. Seager