Bright-chromagenic algorithm for illuminant estimation

Fredembach, Clément and Finlayson, Graham (2008) Bright-chromagenic algorithm for illuminant estimation. Journal of Imaging Science and Technology, 52 (4). ISSN 1943-3522

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This article proposes a new algorithm for illuminant estimation based on the concept of chromagenic color constancy, where two pictures are taken from each scene: A normal one and one where a colored filter is placed in front of the camera. The basic formulation of the chromagenic algorithm has inherent weaknesses, namely, a need for perfectly registered images and occasional large errors in illuminant estimation. Our first contribution is to analyze the algorithm performance with respect to the reflectances present in a scene and demonstrate that fairly bright and de-saturated reflectances (e.g., achromatic and pastel colors) provide significantly better chromagenic illuminant estimation. We thus propose the bright chromagenic algorithm and show that it not only remedies the large error problem but also allows us to relax the image registration constraint. Experiments performed on a variety of synthetic and real data show that the newly designed bright chromagenic algorithm significantly outperforms current illuminant estimation methods, including those having a substantially higher complexity.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Computing Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Colour and Imaging Lab
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Interactive Graphics and Audio
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2011 16:07
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2023 01:03
DOI: 10.2352/J.ImagingSci.Technol.(2008)52:4(040906)

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