Dr. Roy Berns

“Simply, in our field of work we quantify color perception with numbers”

Multi-spectral imaging can be used in the science laboratory and in the photo studio. But what is it exactly? Why would a studio photographer use it? And how does one make a multi-spectral system? Dr. Roy Berns from the Rochester Institute of Technology will provide the answers at the 2and3D Photography Conference.

Dr. Roy Berns is a color scientist. “Simply, in our field of work we quantify color perception with numbers”, he says. Color science is the interdisciplinary field of study requiring knowledge in physics, mathematics, programming, bio-statistics, material science, and physiology. “At my university we have a doctoral program in color science. Companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, HP, Xerox, and Kodak hire our graduates.”

Berns’ research attempts to bridge the gap between scientific imaging and studio photography. “I am wrapping up 18 years of research in developing hardware and software for multi-spectral and multi-light photography. The results from such imaging can be used as input for 3D printing, web-based interactive lighting, and virtual and augmented reality.”

Raised in an artistic family (his mother was a painter, sculptor and print-maker) young Roy Berns devoted his leisure time to crafts and classical guitar. “As I aged, I had to make a choice. The Beatles made that choice an easy one.” His first teaching experience was as a guitar teacher and he paid his way through college by teaching and performing. “I still teach and perform professionally. And in many ways, teaching and giving lectures are performances as well.”

At the 2and3D Photography Conference, Roy Berns will ‘perform’ his view on multi-spectral imaging by giving a workshop. “DSLR cameras are increasing in their resolution where they could be used instead of medium and large format cameras. Canon, Nikon, and Sony have sensors approaching 50 megapixels. The Sony has a multi-shot mode eliminating the need for demosaicing. This is a big step forward in spatial image quality compared with its competitors. In my workshop I will be using this camera to demonstrate some of the latest developments in multi-spectral imaging.”