Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 76, Issue 1, pp 631–648 | Cite as

Dynamic range expansion based on image statistics

  • Belen Masia
  • Ana Serrano
  • Diego Gutierrez


As the dynamic range of displays keeps increasing, there is a need for reverse tone mapping methods, which aim at expanding the dynamic range of legacy low dynamic range images for viewing on higher dynamic range displays. While a number of strategies have been proposed, most of them are designed for well-exposed input images and are not optimal when dealing with ill-exposed (under- or over-exposed) content. Further, this type of content is more prone to artifacts which may arise when using local methods. In this work, we build on an existing, automatic, global reverse tone mapping operator based on a gamma expansion. We improve this method by providing a new way for automatic parameter calculation from the image statistics. We show that this method yields better results across the whole range of exposures.


Reverse tone mapping Image processing Dynamic range 



This research has been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology (project LIGHTSLICE). Belen Masia would like to acknowledge the support of the Max Planck Center for Visual Computing and Communication. Ana Serrano was additionally supported by an FPI grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad de ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  2. 2.MPI InformatikSaarbrueckenGermany

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