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#1 Tim Tyler

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:55 AM

Apparently Jeremy David Sawatzky, Christina L. Porter, Jeff Strauss and Gil Blank invented the process of shooting images and video on a white background.

 

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http://patft.uspto.g...&RS=PN/08676045

 

 

United States Patent 8,676,045
Sawatzky ,   et al.  March 18, 2014

Studio arrangement

 

Abstract

Disclosed are various embodiments of a studio arrangement and a method of capturing images and/or video. One embodiment of the disclosure includes a front light source aimed at a background, an image capture position located between the background and the front light source, an elevated platform positioned between the image capture position and the background, and at least one rear light source positioned between the elevated platform and the background. A subject can be photographed and/or filmed on the elevated platform to achieve a desired effect of a substantially seamless background where a rear edge of the elevated platform is imperceptible to an image capture device positioned at the image capture position.

Inventors: Sawatzky; Jeremy David (Seattle, WA), Porter; Christina L. (Seattle, WA), Strauss; Jeff (Burlington, KY), Blank; Gil (Morris Plains, NJ)

 

1. A studio arrangement, comprising: a background comprising a white cyclorama; a front light source positioned in a longitudinal axis intersecting the background, the longitudinal axis further being substantially perpendicular to a surface of the white cyclorama; an image capture position located between the background and the front light source in the longitudinal axis, the image capture position comprising at least one image capture device equipped with an eighty-five millimeter lens, the at least one image capture device further configured with an ISO setting of about three hundred twenty and an f-stop value of about 5.6; an elevated platform positioned between the image capture position and the background in the longitudinal axis, the front light source being directed toward a subject on the elevated platform; a first rear light source aimed at the background and positioned between the elevated platform and the background in the longitudinal axis, the first rear light source positioned below a top surface of the elevated platform and oriented at an upward angle relative to a floor level; a second rear light source aimed at the background and positioned between the elevated platform and the background in the longitudinal axis, the second rear light source positioned above the top surface of the elevated platform and oriented at a downward angle relative to the floor level; a third rear light source aimed at the background and positioned in a lateral axis intersecting the elevated platform and being substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, the third rear light source further positioned adjacent to a side of the elevated platform; and a fourth rear light source aimed at the background and positioned in the lateral axis adjacent to an opposing side of the elevated platform relative to the third rear light source; wherein a top surface of the elevated platform reflects light emanating from the background such that the elevated platform appears white and a rear edge of the elevated platform is substantially imperceptible to the image capture device; and the first rear light source, the second rear light source, the third rear light source, and the fourth rear light source comprise a combined intensity greater than the front light source according to about a 10:3 ratio.


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#2 John Miguel King

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 08:11 AM

Patenting a sloppy setup. Well done.


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#3 Igor Trajkovski

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 09:48 AM

(W)TF?!?...

 

Pardon my language...


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#4 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 03:43 PM

Err, I am sure there was some "Prior ART"

But I have to wonder

 

1) why the specification of the focal length when the Image recording size is not mentioned.  (negative or Sensor as needed)  And for that mater why they specified 320 ISO when it is getting hard to find 320TX.

 

2) f5.6 and be there is a long time photography standard.


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#5 Chris Millar

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 06:04 PM

Think of all the fees going to the attorneys and clerks.

All for what?

Some large large faults in the patent system...
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#6 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 06:22 PM

Almost up there with the idea of patenting H2O,  which I heard some big business was trying seriously to so.  Come the revolution, will it be those drinking water and using cycloramas illegaly that are lined up and shot,  or will it be the corporate directors,  or the lawyers?


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