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Expanding dynamic range in a single-shot image through a sparse grid of low exposure pixels
  DOI :  10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2020.7.ISS-229  Published OnlineJanuary 2020
Abstract

Camera sensors are physically restricted in the amount of luminance which can be captured at once. To achieve a higher dynamic range, multiple exposures are typically combined. This method comes with several disadvantages, like temporal or alignment aliasing. Hence, we propose a method to preserve high luminance information in a single-shot image. By introducing a grid of highlight preserving pixels, which equals 1% of the total amount of pixels, we are able to sustain information directly incamera for later processing. To provide evidence, that this number of pixels is enough for gaining additional dynamic range, we use a U-Net for reconstruction. For training, we make use of the HDR+ dataset, which we augment to simulate our proposed grid. We demonstrate that our approach can preserve high luminance information, which can be used for a visually convincing reconstruction, close to the ground truth.

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Leon Eisemann, Jan Froehlich, Axel Hartz, Johannes Maucher, "Expanding dynamic range in a single-shot image through a sparse grid of low exposure pixelsin Proc. IS&T Int’l. Symp. on Electronic Imaging: Imaging Sensors and Systems,  2020,  pp 229-1 - 229-7,  https://doi.org/10.2352/ISSN.2470-1173.2020.7.ISS-229

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