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LIME: Low-light Image Enhancement via Illumination Map Estimation.

Authors
  • Guo, Xiaojie
  • Li, Yu
  • Ling, Haibin
Type
Published Article
Journal
IEEE Transactions on Image Processing
Publisher
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Publication Date
Dec 14, 2016
Identifiers
PMID: 27992340
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

When one captures images in low-light conditions, the images often suffer from low visibility. Besides degrading the visual aesthetics of images, this poor quality may also significantly degenerate the performance of many computer vision and multimedia algorithms that are primarily designed for highquality inputs. In this paper, we propose a simple yet effective low-light image enhancement (LIME) method. More concretely, the illumination of each pixel is first estimated individually by finding the maximum value in R, G and B channels. Further, we refine the initial illumination map by imposing a structure prior on it, as the final illumination map. Having the wellconstructed illumination map, the enhancement can be achieved accordingly. Experiments on a number of challenging low-light images are present to reveal the efficacy of our LIME and show its superiority over several state-of-the-arts in terms of enhancement quality and efficiency.

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