Evaluation of HDR Tone Mapping Methods Using Essential Perceptual Attributes

Martin Čadík, Michael Wimmer, László Neumann, Alessandro Artusi
Evaluation of HDR Tone Mapping Methods Using Essential Perceptual Attributes
Computers & Graphics, 32(3):330-349, June 2008. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The problem of reproducing high dynamic range images on devices with restricted dynamic range has gained a lot of interest in the computer graphics community. There exist various approaches to this issue, which span several research areas including computer graphics, image processing, color vision, physiological aspects, etc. These approaches assume a thorough knowledge of both the objective and subjective attributes of an image. However, no comprehensive overview and analysis of such attributes has been published so far.

In this contribution, we present an overview about the effects of basic image attributes in HDR tone mapping. Furthermore, we propose a scheme of relationships between these attributes, leading to the definition of an overall image quality measure. We present results of subjective psychophysical experiments that we have performed to prove the proposed relationship scheme. Moreover, we also present an evaluation of existing tone mapping methods (operators) with regard to these attributes. Finally, the execution of with-reference and without a real reference perceptual experiments gave us the opportunity to relate the obtained subjective results.

Our effort is not just useful to get into the tone mapping field or when implementing a tone mapping method, but it also sets the stage for well-founded quality comparisons between tone mapping methods. By providing good definitions of the different attributes, user-driven or fully automatic comparisons are made possible.

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@article{CADIK-2008-EHD,
  title =      "Evaluation of HDR Tone Mapping Methods Using Essential
               Perceptual Attributes",
  author =     "Martin \v{C}ad\'{i}k and Michael Wimmer and L\'{a}szl\'{o}
               Neumann and Alessandro Artusi",
  year =       "2008",
  abstract =   "The problem of reproducing high dynamic range images on
               devices with restricted dynamic range has gained a lot of
               interest in the computer graphics community. There exist
               various approaches to this issue, which span several
               research areas including computer graphics, image
               processing, color vision, physiological aspects, etc. These
               approaches assume a thorough knowledge of both the objective
               and subjective attributes of an image. However, no
               comprehensive overview and analysis of such attributes has
               been published so far.  In this contribution, we present an
               overview about the effects of basic image attributes in HDR
               tone mapping. Furthermore, we propose a scheme of
               relationships between these attributes, leading to the
               definition of an overall image quality measure. We present
               results of subjective psychophysical experiments that we
               have performed to prove the proposed relationship scheme.
               Moreover, we also present an evaluation of existing tone
               mapping methods (operators) with regard to these attributes.
               Finally, the execution of with-reference and without a real
               reference perceptual experiments gave us the opportunity to
               relate the obtained subjective results.  Our effort is not
               just useful to get into the tone mapping field or when
               implementing a tone mapping method, but it also sets the
               stage for well-founded quality comparisons between tone
               mapping methods. By providing good definitions of the
               different attributes, user-driven or fully automatic
               comparisons are made possible. ",
  month =      jun,
  issn =       "0097-8493",
  journal =    "Computers & Graphics",
  number =     "3",
  volume =     "32",
  pages =      "330--349",
  keywords =   "high dynamic range, tone mapping operators, tone mapping
               evaluation, image attributes",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2008/CADIK-2008-EHD/",
}