Comprehensive Study on High Dynamic Range Tone Mapping with Subjective Tests
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A high dynamic range (HDR) image has a very wide range of luminance levels that traditional low dynamic range (LDR) displays cannot visualize. For this reason, HDR images are usually transformed to 8-bit representations, so that the alpha channel for each pixel is used as an exponent value, sometimes referred to as exponential notation . Tone mapping operators (TMOs) are used to transform high dynamic range to low dynamic range domain by compressing pixels so that traditional LDR display can visualize them. The purpose of this thesis is to identify and analyse differences and similarities between the wide range of tone mapping operators that are available in the literature. Each TMO has been analyzed using subjective studies considering different conditions, which include environment, luminance, and colour. Also, several inverse tone mapping operators, HDR mappings with exposure fusion, histogram adjustment, and retinex have been analysed in this study. 19 different TMOs have been examined using a variety of HDR images. Mean opinion score (MOS) is calculated on those selected TMOs by asking the opinion of 25 independent people considering candidates’ age, vision, and colour blindness.
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