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Application of High-Dynamic Range Imaging Techniques in Architecture: A Step toward High-Quality Daylit Interiors?

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Architecture & Climat, Faculté D’architecture, D’ingénierie Architecturale, D’urbanisme (LOCI), Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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Departamento de Diseño y Teoría de la Arquitectura, Facultad de Arquitectura, Construcción y Diseño, Universidad del Bio-Bio, 4030000 Concepción, Chile
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J. Imaging 2018, 4(1), 19; https://doi.org/10.3390/jimaging4010019
Received: 29 November 2017 / Revised: 22 December 2017 / Accepted: 10 January 2018 / Published: 12 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Theory and Practice of High-Dynamic Range Imaging)
High dynamic range (HDR) imaging techniques are nowadays widely used in building research to capture luminances in the occupant field of view and investigate visual discomfort. This photographic technique also makes it possible to map sky luminances. Such images can be used for illuminating virtual scenes; the technique is called image-based lighting (IBL). This paper presents a work investigating IBL in a lighting quality research context for accelerating the development of appearance-driven performance indicators. Simulations were carried out using Radiance software. The ability of IBL to accurately predict indoor luminances is discussed by comparison with luminances from HDR photographs and luminances predicted by simulation in modeling the sky in several other more traditional ways. The present study confirms previous observations that IBL leads to similar luminance values than far less laborious simulations in which the sky is modeled based on outdoor illuminance measurements. IBL and these last methods minimize differences with HDR photographs in comparison to sky modeling not based on outdoor measurements. View Full-Text
Keywords: daylighting; high dynamic range imaging techniques; image-based lighting; radiance; simulation; renderings; prediction; psychophysics daylighting; high dynamic range imaging techniques; image-based lighting; radiance; simulation; renderings; prediction; psychophysics
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Cauwerts, C.; Piderit, M.B. Application of High-Dynamic Range Imaging Techniques in Architecture: A Step toward High-Quality Daylit Interiors? J. Imaging 2018, 4, 19.

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