Deep Reformulated Laplacian Tone Mapping

31 Jan 2021  ·  Jie Yang, Ziyi Liu, Mengchen Lin, Svetlana Yanushkevich, Orly Yadid-Pecht ·

Wide dynamic range (WDR) images contain more scene details and contrast when compared to common images. However, it requires tone mapping to process the pixel values in order to display properly. The details of WDR images can diminish during the tone mapping process. In this work, we address the problem by combining a novel reformulated Laplacian pyramid and deep learning. The reformulated Laplacian pyramid always decompose a WDR image into two frequency bands where the low-frequency band is global feature-oriented, and the high-frequency band is local feature-oriented. The reformulation preserves the local features in its original resolution and condenses the global features into a low-resolution image. The generated frequency bands are reconstructed and fine-tuned to output the final tone mapped image that can display on the screen with minimum detail and contrast loss. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method outperforms state-of-the-art WDR image tone mapping methods. The code is made publicly available at

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