Deep High Dynamic Range Imaging with Large Foreground Motions

European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) 2018

Shangzhe Wu

HKUST

Jiarui Xu

HKUST

Yu-Wing Tai

Tencent Youtu

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Abstract

This paper proposes the first non-flow-based deep framework for high dynamic range (HDR) imaging of dynamic scenes with large-scale foreground motions. In state-of-the-art deep HDR imaging such as Kalantari's, input images are first aligned using optical flows before merging, which are still error-prone due to occlusion and large motions. In stark contrast to flow-based methods, we formulate HDR imaging as an image translation problem without optical flows. Moreover, our simple translation network can automatically hallucinate plausible HDR details in the presence of total occlusion, saturation and under-exposure, which are otherwise almost impossible to recover by conventional optimization approaches. Our framework can also be extended for different reference images. We performed extensive qualitative and quantitative comparisons to show that our approach produces excellent results where color artifacts and geometric distortions are significantly reduced compared to existing state-of-the-art methods, and is robust across various inputs, including images without radiometric calibration.

Citation

@InProceedings{Wu_2018_ECCV,
  author = {Wu, Shangzhe and Xu, Jiarui and Tai, Yu-Wing and Tang, Chi-Keung},
  title = {Deep High Dynamic Range Imaging with Large Foreground Motions},
  booktitle = {The European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
  month = {September},
  year = {2018}
}