Users’ experiences of enhancing underwater images: An empirical study

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Emberton, S. and Simons, C. (2021) Users’ experiences of enhancing underwater images: An empirical study. UWE, http://researchdata.uwe.ac.uk/644.

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Emberton, S. and Simons, C. (2021) Users’ experiences of enhancing underwater images: An empirical study. UWE data repository [online]. Available from: http://researchdata.uwe.ac.uk/644 [Accessed 16 December 2021].

Project Title

Users’ experiences of enhancing underwater images: An empirical study

Brief summary of project

Within the worldwide diving community, underwater photography is becoming increasingly popular. However, the marine environment presents certain challenges for image capture, with resulting imagery often suffering from colour distortions, low contrast and blurring. As a result, image enhancement software is used not only to enhance the imagery aesthetically, but also to address these degradations. Although feature-rich image enhancement software products are available, little is known about the user experience of underwater photographers when interacting with such tools. To address this gap, we conducted an online questionnaire to better understand what software tools are being used, and face-to-face interviews to investigate the characteristics of the image enhancement user experience for underwater photographers. We analysed the interview transcripts using the pragmatic and hedonic categories from the frameworks of Hassenzahl (Funology, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp 31–42, 2003; Funology 2, Springer, pp 301–313, 2018) for positive and negative user experience. Our results reveal a moderately negative experience overall for both pragmatic and hedonic categories. We draw some insights from the findings and make recommendations for improving the user experience for underwater photographers using image enhancement tools.

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UWE

Details

Item Type: Dataset
Methodology: Online questionnaire and face-to-face interviews
Language of the Dataset Collection: English
Creators: Emberton, S. and Simons, C.
UWE Faculty/Department: Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
UWE Research Centres/Institutes: Faculty of Environment and Technology > Computer Science Research Centre
Faculty of Environment and Technology > Creative Technologies Laboratory
Depositing User: Dr S. Emberton
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2021 09:37
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2021 09:37

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