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CNET News Video: Making bad pictures great

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With a few clicks of the mouse, bad photos can become great ones, according to Microsoft researchers. At Techfest 2008 in Redmond, Wash., CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi demoed two new photo programs that can turn any amateur picture-taker into a professional photographer.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:04 >> Hey, there! I'm Kara Tsuboi CNETNews.com reporting from Redmond, Washington, the site of Techfest 2008 and here on the exhibit floor, there are couple of booths that were showing up new technology from manipulating your photographs. >> The first thing the user has to do is to select the horizon line. [Background music] >> Took a boring photograph? Want to add a people or objects to make it look like they're really there. >> So it's doing segmentation, it's doing blending and it's doing shadow transfer and that's the card. >> This new In-depth Image Editing Software from Microsoft's Cambridge England team may someday allow you to do that. >> How do we teach a computer that actually 1 percent is behind the other and as they recede in the distance they should become smaller according to the rules of your linear perspective? >> Eventually, a user will be able to drag and drop an image from their photo gallery into another picture. >> If the object is close to the viewer then it's like larger and if like further away it's smaller so we automatically get the depths correct. >> This is one of the tools I used to kind of pertain to be a good photographer if you wish. >> Another tool aimed at enhancing one's photography skills is a software program from Microsoft Asia Team. >> This window has missing details, right? So we try to transport detail from this window to that window. >> A kind of photo shop researchers argue it will be easier to use. >> The green stroke is a strong stroke, it's a good region and then the blue stroke is the target region which is bad. >> And supply more comprehensive tools to correct over and underexposed regions. >> In photo shop, they will just let you color a region which doesn't look really very good. So, our tool not only let you color regions at fist in the target region more smoothly but also with the handle of missing dynamic range details. >> Both the In-depth Image Editing and the High Dynamic Range Image Hallucination programs are in the development stages only. Sorry, you still have to be accountable for the crummy photos you're taking. I'm Kara Tsuboi CNET News.com ^M00:01:57 [ Music ]

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