Deep Recursive HDRI: Inverse Tone Mapping Using Generative Adversarial Networks

  • Siyeong Lee
  • Gwon Hwan An
  • Suk-Ju KangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11206)


High dynamic range images contain luminance information of the physical world and provide more realistic experience than conventional low dynamic range images. Because most images have a low dynamic range, recovering the lost dynamic range from a single low dynamic range image is still prevalent. We propose a novel method for restoring the lost dynamic range from a single low dynamic range image through a deep neural network. The proposed method is the first framework to create high dynamic range images based on the estimated multi-exposure stack using the conditional generative adversarial network structure. In this architecture, we train the network by setting an objective function that is a combination of L1 loss and generative adversarial network loss. In addition, this architecture has a simplified structure than the existing networks. In the experimental results, the proposed network generated a multi-exposure stack consisting of realistic images with varying exposure values while avoiding artifacts on public benchmarks, compared with the existing methods. In addition, both the multi-exposure stacks and high dynamic range images estimated by the proposed method are significantly similar to the ground truth than other state-of-the-art algorithms.


High dynamic range imaging Inverse tone mapping Image restoration Computational photography Generative adversarial network Deep learning 



This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. 2018R1D1A1B07048421) and Korea Electric Power Corporation. (Grant number R17XA05-28). We thank Yong Deok Ahn and members of the Sogang Vision and Display Lab. for helpful discussions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electronic EngineeringSogang UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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