06 October 2020
Google Pixel phones are known for their amazing computational photography skills and a huge credit behind this should go to a person who led the team which his expertise. Marc Levoy is responsible for making Pixel phones incredibly great in terms of mobile photography and now he is moving to Adobe to share his knowledge and develop a new camera app. Levoy is now appointed as Vice President and Fellow at Adobe
Levoy worked broadly on cameras and photography when at Google. One of his notable projects was HDR Plus mode. He worked as a Distinguished Engineer in Google Research and it is due to his expertise that Pixel phones are mostly known for their photography skills. He made it possible for Pixel phones to rely less on hardware as competing phones. Pixel phones still do not have the largest camera sensors around but they are capable of outdoing so many of those which feature some large camera sensors. Levoy is also responsible for bringing a new Astrophotography mode in the Pixel 4 series. In fact, the Night Sight was made possible with the collective collaboration between several teams at Google, including Levoy’s.
Now, in his next journey which starts from Adobe, he may be planning to develop a great camera for every smartphone. Levoy will be working on computational photography initiatives across Adobe and his efforts will be “centered on the concept of a universal camera app.”
Adobe has reportedly said in an email that Levoy will also be working with the Photoshop Camera, Adobe Research, and Sensei AI teams.
Levoy is currently Emeritus to Stanford University as well and shares his gems with the students there. He joined Google as a full-time researcher in 2014 and led a team in Google Research. He left Google in 2020.
We are eager to see what Adobe will bring from Levoy’s excellence in the near future.
Here is his portion of the Keynote at the launch of the Pixel 4 (starts at 55:44) -