Software from MIT, which uses professional portraiture photography as inspiration to create dramatic images from humble snaps, could change how much selfies suck.
Researchers from MIT, along with a little help from some folks at Adobe and the University of Virginia, have developed an algorithm that uses the works of some of the best-known portrait photographers of all time (Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus and Martin Schoeller to name a few) to transform fairly crappy shots into something special. The team hasn't explained exactly what tweaks are performed but, as the video above shows, the results are impressive. A bit weird, occasionally, but generally impressive.
Some might argue that the results look more like over-tweaked shadows and light instead of actual portrait lighting, but for non-professionals, the results are still pretty amazing. The lighting effects might not be perfect, but they're way better than most of us can manage when wielding a DSLR, let alone an iPhone.