Deep High Dynamic Range Imaging with Large Foreground Motions

Shangzhe Wu, Jiarui Xu, Yu-Wing Tai, Chi-Keung Tang; Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, pp. 117-132


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, 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.

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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 = {Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}