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Exposure Fusion: A Simple and Practical Alternative to High Dynamic Range Photography

Mertens, T; Kautz, J; Van Reeth, F; (2009) Exposure Fusion: A Simple and Practical Alternative to High Dynamic Range Photography. COMPUT GRAPH FORUM , 28 (1) 161 - 171. 10.1111/j.1467-8659.2008.01171.x.

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Abstract

We propose a technique for fusing a bracketed exposure sequence into a high quality image, without converting to High dynamic range (HDR) first. Skipping the physically based HDR assembly step simplifies the acquisition pipeline. This avoids camera response curve calibration and is computationally efficient. It also allows for including flash images in the sequence. Our technique blends multiple exposures, guided by simple quality measures like saturation and contrast. This is done in a multiresolution fashion to account for the brightness variation in the sequence. The resulting image quality is comparable to existing tone mapping operators.

Type:Article
Title:Exposure Fusion: A Simple and Practical Alternative to High Dynamic Range Photography
DOI:10.1111/j.1467-8659.2008.01171.x
Keywords:high dynamic range photography, image fusion, image pyramids, TONE REPRODUCTION, IMAGES, CONTRAST, SCENES, FLASH
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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