IMAGE CAPTURE, QUANTIZATION, AND ENHANCEMENT

Estimation-theoretic approach to dynamic range enhancement using multiple exposures

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Mark A. Robertson, Sean Borman, Robert L. Stevenson

University of Notre Dame, Department of Electrical Engineering, Notre Dame, Indiana?46556

J. Electron. Imaging. 12(2), 219-228 (Apr 01, 2003). doi:10.1117/1.1557695
History: Received Aug. 10, 2000; Revised Jan. 7, 2002; Accepted Sep. 17, 2002; Online April 11, 2003
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We present a new approach for improving the effective dynamic range of cameras by using multiple photographs of the same scene taken with different exposure times. Using this method enables the photographer to accurately capture scenes that contain high dynamic range by using a device with low dynamic range, which allows the capture of scenes that have both very bright and very dark regions. We approach the problem from a probabilistic standpoint, distinguishing it from the other methods reported in the literature on photographic dynamic range improvement. A new method is proposed for determining the camera’s response function, which is an iterative procedure that need be done only once for a particular camera. With the response function known, high dynamic range images can be easily constructed by a weighted average of the input images. The particular form of weighting is controlled by the probabilistic formulation of the problem, and results in higher weight being assigned to pixels taken at longer exposure times. The advantages of this new weighting scheme are explained by comparison with other methods in the literature. Experimental results are presented to demonstrate the utility of the algorithm. © 2003 SPIE and IS&T.

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Mark A. Robertson ; Sean Borman and Robert L. Stevenson
"Estimation-theoretic approach to dynamic range enhancement using multiple exposures", J. Electron. Imaging. 12(2), 219-228 (Apr 01, 2003). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.1557695


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