4 February 2013 Joint focus stacking and high dynamic range imaging
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Focus stacking and high dynamic range (HDR) imaging are two paradigms of computational photography. Focus stacking aims to produce an image with greater depth of field (DOF) from a set of images taken with different focus distances, whereas HDR imaging aims to produce an image with higher dynamic range from a set of images taken with different exposure settings. In this paper, we present an algorithm which combines focus stacking and HDR imaging in order to produce an image with both higher dynamic range and greater DOF than any of the input images. The proposed algorithm includes two main parts: (i) joint photometric and geometric registration and (ii) joint focus stacking and HDR image creation. In the first part, images are first photometrically registered using an algorithm that is insensitive to small geometric variations, and then geometrically registered using an optical flow algorithm. In the second part, images are merged through weighted averaging, where the weights depend on both local sharpness and exposure information. We provide experimental results with real data to illustrate the algorithm. The algorithm is also implemented on a smartphone with Android operating system.
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Qinchun Qian, Qinchun Qian, Bahadir K. Gunturk, Bahadir K. Gunturk, Aziz U. Batur, Aziz U. Batur, } "Joint focus stacking and high dynamic range imaging", Proc. SPIE 8660, Digital Photography IX, 866004 (4 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2003369; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2003369
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