Learning an Inverse Tone Mapping Network with a Generative Adversarial Regularizer

20 Apr 2018  ·  Shiyu Ning, Hongteng Xu, Li Song, Rong Xie, Wenjun Zhang ·

Transferring a low-dynamic-range (LDR) image to a high-dynamic-range (HDR) image, which is the so-called inverse tone mapping (iTM), is an important imaging technique to improve visual effects of imaging devices. In this paper, we propose a novel deep learning-based iTM method, which learns an inverse tone mapping network with a generative adversarial regularizer. In the framework of alternating optimization, we learn a U-Net-based HDR image generator to transfer input LDR images to HDR ones, and a simple CNN-based discriminator to classify the real HDR images and the generated ones. Specifically, when learning the generator we consider the content-related loss and the generative adversarial regularizer jointly to improve the stability and the robustness of the generated HDR images. Using the learned generator as the proposed inverse tone mapping network, we achieve superior iTM results to the state-of-the-art methods consistently.

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