Locally Adapted Detection and Correction of Unnatural Purple Colors in Images of Refractive Objects Taken by Digital Still Camera

  • Mikhail Matrosov
  • Alexey Ignatenko
  • Sergey Sivovolenko
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7870)


We discovered significant error in color in images produced by a digital still camera used to capture scenes with a special setup. Setup includes several LEDs as point light sources and a light-refractive object. Due to light dispersion in the object, vivid monochromatic colored flares appear. However, images captured with a digital still camera occasionally exhibit bright purple (almost pink) colors, which do not correspond to any monochromatic color.

In this paper, we analyze the origins of this effect by examining different properties of the setup and analyzing RAW images. We propose a simple and efficient algorithm for correction of unnatural purple colors by using only a final JPEG image produced by camera. We develop a continuous transform which maps all unnatural colors to the natural ones in a perceptually uniform color space. We also propose a simple segmentation technique to identify image areas to be corrected.


color management color calibration segmentation color correction monochromatic colors RAW-processing perceptually uniform color spaces light dispersion digital still camera 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikhail Matrosov
    • 1
  • Alexey Ignatenko
    • 1
  • Sergey Sivovolenko
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computational Mathematics and CyberneticsLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.OctoNus Software Ltd.Russia

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