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HDR-LFNet: Inverse tone mapping using fusion network

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To capture the real-world luminance values, High Dynamic Range (HDR) image processing has been developed. HDR images have a richer content than the widely-used Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) images, and are used in a number of situations, e.g. in film industry. As HDR displays are more and more commercially available, we need to be able to process HDR images as well as SDR ones (for example, devising denoising algorithms, inpainting or anti-aliasing). The most powerful methods to process images are now deep neural networks. However, the training of such networks calls for a lot of images, and HDR images datasets are relatively small. One way to generate HDR images is inverse tone mapping operators (iTMOs). They are algorithms that expand the dynamic range of SDR images. In this paper, we propose HDR-LFNet, a novel iTMO, and its HDR training dataset. Our method merges several existing handcrafted iTMOs, combined in a supervised neural network to produce an HDR output. Our lightweight network requires less training images than state-of-the-art methods, and has faster training phase. Besides, the quality of the generated images is similar to the state-of-the-art. We present the architecture as well as the subjective and experimental evaluations of our method.
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hal-04150900 , version 1 (04-07-2023)

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Mathieu Chambe, Ewa Kijak, Zoltan Miklos, Olivier Le Meur, Rémi Cozot, et al.. HDR-LFNet: Inverse tone mapping using fusion network. Computers and Graphics, 2023, 114, pp.1-12. ⟨10.1016/j.cag.2023.05.007⟩. ⟨hal-04150900⟩
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