This thesis addresses the problem of recommending a viewpoint for aesthetic photography. Viewpoint recommendation is suggesting the best camera pose to capture a visually pleasing photograph of the subject of interest by using any end-user device such as drone, mobile robot or smartphone. Solving this problem enables to capture visually pleasing photographs autonomously in areal photography, wildlife photography, landscape photography or in personal photography.
The viewpoint recommendation problem can be divided into two stages: (a) generating a set of dense novel views based on the basis views captured about the subject. The dense novel views are useful to better understand the scene and to know how the subject looks from different viewpoints and (b) each novel is scored based on how aesthetically good it is. The viewpoint with the greatest aesthetic score is recommended for capturing a visually pleasing photograph.