Born in Cologne in 1967
Because photography has always been my hobby, and physics and technology were my favourite topics at school, I started studying photographic technology at the University of Applied Science in Cologne and received my degree in Engineering in January 1992.
After my studies, I worked as a scientific engineer at the Institute for Light and Building Technology at the University in Cologne. My task was to measure the amount and colour of light in buildings with a special facade which was designed to optimize the utilisation of sunlight. After setting up a digital workflow in a prepress company, I started my own business in the summer of 1995, conducting courses and trainings on image capture and processing. This led to journalistic work for photographic magazines which focused on digital image capture devices, image quality, and colour management. In 1998, I published a book on digital photography (“Digitale Fotografie”, Springer Verlag ISBN 3-540-62887-8).
In 1997, I developed a test stand for digital cameras in order to measure physical characteristics such as resolution, dynamic range etc. In 1998, a test procedure for photographic scanners was added. This work was done to measure cameras and scanners for photographic magazines. Today, most of the big camera manufacturers are among my customers (e.g. Olympus, Kodak, Sony, Fujifilm, HP, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, Nikon, etc.). To keep track of the developments in image quality evaluation and to integrate our test procedures into the ISO and national standards, I became part of the German standards organisation called DIN. Since 2001, I chair the German national body on digital photography standardisation (Normenausschuss Bild und Film im DIN, NBF 4).
As a member of the “Society for Imaging Science and Technology” (IS&T) and the German photographic society (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie e.V., DGPh), I have published numerous papers on digital camera evaluation and digital imaging at international conferences.
In 2000, I added consulting and support on archiving digital images and documents to my company. Since that time we have worked on a lot of projects such as digitisation of historic books, written from 6th to the 12th century, from the Dom und Diözesanbibliothek in Cologne (a catholic library), the digitisation of the manuscripts of Heinrich Heine, a famous German poet, and the digitisation of “incunabula” books printed between the years 1450 and 1500.
In 2002, I also became a publicly certified expert on digital photography, scanning and image processing.
Image Engineering Dietmar Wüller