Eye reflections in photos could help solve crimes, researchers say

Published December 30, 2013

FoxNews.com
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    Examining multiple images — including reflections in photographed eyes — could help investigators. (UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW)

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    Images of faces retrieved from the pupils of photography subjects may aid police forensics, researchers say. (PLOS ONE)

  • faces from pupils.jpg

    Images of faces retrieved from the pupils of photography subjects may aid police forensics, researchers say. (PLOS ONE)

Eyes are supposed to be windows to the soul — but they make even better mirrors.

And what they reflect will astonish you.

Researchers studying the incredible level of detail in modern digital photographs were able to pick out the tiny reflections of faces hidden in the eyes of the subject. By zooming in on the subject’s eyes in high-resolution, passport-style photographs, they were able to pick out the faces and accurately identify them.

“The pupil of the eye is like a black mirror,” said Rob Jenkins, of the Department of Psychology at the University of York. “To enhance the image, you have to zoom in and adjust the contrast. A face image that is recovered from a reflection in the subject’s eye is about 30,000 times smaller than the subject’s face.”

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