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Rendering complex scenes for psychophysics using RADIANCE: How accurate can you get?

Alexa I. Ruppertsberg and Marina Bloj  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 23, Issue 4, pp. 759-768 (2006)

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Rendering packages are used by visual psychophysicists to produce complex stimuli for their experiments, tacitly assuming that the simulation results accurately reflect the light–surface interactions of a real scene. RADIANCE is a physically based, freely available, and commonly used rendering software. We validated the calculation accuracy of this package by comparing simulation results with measurements from real scenes. RADIANCE recovers color gradients well but the results are shifted in color space. Currently, there is no better simulation alternative for achieving physical accuracy than by combining a spectral rendering method with RADIANCE.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.2040) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Displays
(330.0330) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision, color, and visual optics
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(330.1710) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color, measurement
(330.5510) Vision, color, and visual optics : Psychophysics

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: June 17, 2005
Revised Manuscript: October 3, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: September 28, 2005

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Alexa I. Ruppertsberg and Marina Bloj, "Rendering complex scenes for psychophysics using RADIANCE: How accurate can you get?," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 759-768 (2006)

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