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Inverse tone mapping

Francesco Banterle, Patrick Ledda, Kurt Debattista, Alan Chalmers, Inverse tone mapping. Proceedings of the 4th international conference on Computer graphics and interactive techniques in Australasia and Southeast Asia. ISBN 1-59593-564-9, pp. 349 –356 . December 2006. No electronic version available. External information


In recent years many Tone Mapping Operators (TMOs) have been presented in order to display High Dynamic Range Images (HDRI) on typical display devices. TMOs compress the luminance range while trying to maintain contrast. The dual of tone mapping, inverse tone mapping, expands a Low Dynamic Range Image (LDRI) into a HDRI. HDRIs contain a broader range of physical values that can be perceived by the human visual system. The majority of today's media is stored in low dynamic range. Inverse Tone Mapping Operators (iTMOs) could thus potentially revive all of this content for use in high dynamic range display and image-based lighting. We propose an approximate solution to this problem that uses median-cut to find the areas considered of high luminance and subsequently apply a density estimation to generate an Expand-map in order to extend the range in the high luminance areas using an inverse Photographic Tone Reproduction operator.

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