Reflection-free photos are an Insta reality

“I can see clearly now the rain has been removed” – a phrase that will be uttered by a trillion Instagram addicts now that Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Google have unveiled their algorithm for reflection-free snaps.

Those guys in Silicon Valley have been busy solving our number one photographic issue. We all know that shot –  when you get the perfect angle, but end up seeing your own frowning face in the picture. Either that, or you’re trying to snap a cool landscape when it’s drizzly, but it’s taking you ages because you’re getting rain droplets across the screen.

Well, MIT and Google introduced their answer to our social media-related prayers in their SIGGRAPH 2015 paper, A computational Approach for Obstruction-Free Photography. All you need to do is take a short video, or a short burst of photos, and their slick process will separate the obstruction and the scene beyond. It will provide you with pictures of both, meaning you can pick which you prefer.

Now, the only thing you need to worry about is picking the ideal filter.

Take a look at the demo video below for those perfect snaps: