Color correction of underwater images using color histograms of reference images

  • Karol Giuseppe Abellanida Jubilo National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Maricor Narvaez Soriano National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines Diliman
Keywords: Image processing algorithms, 07.05.Pj, Imaging and optical processing 42.30.-d

Abstract

Underwater images tend to look greenish or bluish because of the water column effect and the camera auto white balance setting. This gives inaccurate visualization of the underwater scene. Marine ecologists use color to assess the health of corals so there is a need to correct the colors of these underwater images. A new method of color correction is introduced that uses a reference image as basis for the ideal colors then performs histogram backprojection as the color correction step. Results show an improvement in the accuracy of the color through the 1976 CIE L*a*b* color difference test.

Published
2017-06-07