Looking for suggestion on Digital Camera to Capture ID photo

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by harishashim, May 22, 2006.

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    harishashim Guest

    I am doing some software development for an application that can print
    ID photo with transparent background. The problem here is to take a
    picture and make the background transparent using software technique.

    I can imagine that this will be far more simple if there exist digital
    camera that can capture ID photo and automatically output magenta or
    blue color as the background.

    So anyone here know about digital camera with such functionality?

    Thanks in advance.
    harishashim, May 22, 2006
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    Paul Rubin Guest

    Why the camera? Just put a blue or magenta backdrop behind the person
    when you take their picture.

    The Canon A530/540 has a "color swap" function that can swap, say, red
    and magenta, but if you can use a red backdrop you can just as easily
    use magenta.
    Paul Rubin, May 22, 2006
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  3. You can get a transparent background by post-proceesing in PSP or Photoshop.
    Dennis Pogson, May 22, 2006
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    Bob Williams Guest

    I doubt that any Camera has that functionality.
    How would it know what is background and what is not?
    As Paul said, Just place a Blue background behind the subject....Done!
    Bob Williams
    Bob Williams, May 22, 2006
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    tomm42 Guest

    Put a single color behind the subject, make sure it is evenly lit,
    light the subject separately. Done right you can select and remove the
    backdrop with one click in Photoshop or other image editors. You can
    probably write a function in your program to do this. But even lighting
    is the key. Oh yes the subject can't wear anything the same color as
    the background.
    This is done all the time in video production, just think of why
    weather people only make general gestures. Visit a local TV station
    they may show you how they do this.

    tomm42, May 22, 2006
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    Neil Ellwood Guest

    Take pic with overexposed white background and print onto transparent
    Neil Ellwood, May 22, 2006
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    ully Guest

    Or write as macro for paintshop pro that does a batch program that
    removes the background.
    ully, May 22, 2006
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    Stewy Guest

    The best bet would be to choose a background colour which does not
    appear often - say a lemon yellow or exact mid-grey. Photoshop's magic
    wand can pick up these colours (with suitable tolerances). Change the
    picture to Layer 0, invert the selection and press delete. It's probably
    possible to record an action to do this.

    Digital cameras will never be smart enough to know the difference
    between background and the main subject.
    Stewy, Jun 15, 2006
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