Photometric Image Processing for HDR Displays

Left: original HDR image, tone mapped for display. Center: high contrast, low frequency image representing the LED backlight. Right: LCD image corresponding to backlight. The combination of the backlight and LCD image will reconstruct the original image.

Many real-world scenes contain a dynamic range that exceeds conventional display technology by several orders of magnitude. Through the combination of several existing technologies, new high dynamic range displays, capable of reproducing a range of intensities much closer to that of real environments, have been constructed. These benefits come at the cost of more optically complex devices; involving two image modulators, controlled in unison, to display images. We present several methods of rendering images to this new class of devices for reproducing photometrically accurate images. We discuss the process of calibrating a display, matching the response of the device with our ideal model. We then derive series of methods for efficiently displaying images, optimized for different criteria and evaluate them in a perceptual framework.