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Design of a tone mapping operator for high-dynamic range images based upon psychophysical evaluation and preference mapping
Author(s): Frederic Drago; William L. Martens; Karol Myszkowski; Norishige Chiba
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Paper Abstract

A tone mapping algorithm for displaying high contrast scenes was designed on the basis of the results of experimental tests using human subjects. Systematic perceptual evaluation of several existing tone mapping techniques revealed that the most "natural" appearance was determined by the presence in the output image of detailed scenery features often made visible by limiting contrast and by properly reproducing brightness. Taking these results into account, we developed a system to produce images close to the ideal preference point for high dynamic range input image data. Of the algorithms that we tested, only the Retinex algorithm was capable of retrieving detailed scene features hidden in high luminance areas while still preserving a good contrast level. This paper presents changes made to Retinex algorithm for processing high dynamic range images, and a further integration of the Retinex with specialized tone mapping algorithms that enables the production of images that appear as similar as possible to the viewer's perception of actual scenes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5007, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging VIII, (17 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.473919
Show Author Affiliations
Frederic Drago, Iwate Univ. (Japan)
William L. Martens, Univ. of Aizu (Japan)
Karol Myszkowski, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Informatik (Germany)
Norishige Chiba, Iwate Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5007:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging VIII
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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