Image Basics

Images can be characterized by a two dimensional spacial function of the form f(x,y) where x,y are the spacial coordinates and f is the intensity value proportional to the the radiated energy. Hence

The function ‘f’ can be decomposed into i(x,y) and r(x,y) where :
‘i’ is the measure of the amount of ‘illumination’.
‘r’ is the measure of ‘reflectance’.

Therefore the function f(x,y) = i(x,y)*r(x,y) such that:
0<i(x,y)<∞ and
0<r(x,y)<1 where r=0(total absorption) and r=1(total reflectance).

The intensity or gray level of a monochromatic image is given by l=f(x,y)
From the given conditions on ‘i’ and ‘r’ it can be concluded that ‘l’ lies within the range:
Lmin< l <Lmax


The interval [Lmin,Lmax] is called the ‘gray scale’. Generally the scale is shifted numerically to [0,L-1] where l=0 is black and l=L-1 is white and the intermediate values are various shades of gray.


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