Gradient domain high dynamic range compression

Raanan Fattal*, Dani Lischinski, Michael Werman

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We present a new method for rendering high dynamic range images on conventional displays. Our method is conceptually simple, computationally efficient, robust, and easy to use. We manipulate the gradient field of the luminance image by attenuating the magnitudes of large gradients. A new, low dynamic range image is then obtained by solving a Poisson equation on the modified gradient field. Our results demonstrate that the method is capable of drastic dynamic range compression, while preserving fine details and avoiding common artifacts, such as halos, gradient reversals, or loss of local contrast. The method is also able to significantly enhance ordinary images by bringing out detail in dark regions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)249-256
Number of pages8
JournalACM Transactions on Graphics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
EventACM Transactions on Graphics; Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2002 - , United States
Duration: 23 Jul 200226 Jul 2002


  • Digital photography
  • High dynamic range compression
  • Image processing
  • Image-based rendering
  • Signal processing
  • Tone mapping


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