Should photographers worry about artificial intelligence in photography?

Artificial intelligence in photography is showing exponential growth. We even see our social media feeds inundated with AI-generated images. Just last month, we saw that a file The image created by artificial intelligence won first place in a fine arts competition. We’ve seen too Getty Images Stay away from photos generated by artificial intelligence. I agree with that decision, but we also need to address the broader landscape because AI art, quite simply, is not going away.

Copyright issue

Looking specifically at Getty Images first, why did they do that? They are not the only platform to carry out this position – NewsAnd the FurAffinityAnd the UnsplashAnd the PurplePort I did the same. One very important reason for this decision likely comes from copyright. It’s not that easy… A machine owned by company A trains on group B and outputs an image according to person C’s input. Who owns the copyright? This is uncharted territory, and I can see lawyers banging their heads against the wall with this. You might want to grab some popcorn for the legal battles ahead.

If I’m an attorney at Getty Images, I simply don’t want that headache. Ultimately, Getty Images is making money primarily for themselves (and secondly for the contributors). Besides, they want to provide an easy and efficient customer experience. It’s possible that Getty is big enough to do all of the above and hold its market without having any AI art on its platform. But what about other aspects of artificial intelligence in photography?

Technical discussion

Dall-E 2, MidJourney, Craiyon, Stable Diffusion and other providers that create AI art based on text input are fun. But there is an argument that they seriously blur the lines of reality. We can create realistic scenes that can be mistaken for real places or situations. There is also an argument that creating AI art does not require sufficient human input, nor does it involve a sufficient investment in skill or time. I wrote ‘artificial intelligence in photographyto Craiyon and got this result:

Using this very short and simple phrase to give me nine pictures didn’t take much effort, so this argument is valid. Just to add to that, I’m a little concerned about what’s going on in the image at the bottom right. Going forward, I said at the beginning of this post that the art of AI is not going away, so let’s see 1 – how we can benefit from it in our photography and 2 – see the concerns we need to move on from.


Artificial intelligence is the result of machine learning. In short, this means that the computer is fed data in the form of images – millions of them. The code in the computer is based on a training model and what happens is that the machine is being trained to learn true and false in these images. The next output from the AI ​​is in this case an image or an image modification. It’s the photo editing that I want to focus on at the moment.

What about the process?

We’re seeing AI being used by Adobe within Photoshop. Primarily in the form of neural filters. Adobe’s AI has a name: Adobe Sensei. Sensei is not only used in Photoshop but in many applications in Creative Cloud and Experience Cloud. Adobe Sensei was announced at Adobe MAX in 2016, and as such, there have been six years of machine learning opportunities to help improve our workflow. Similar artificial intelligence technology is implemented via other software such as Luminar Neo, Topaz Photo AI and the ON1 AI suite. I’ve seen countless comments about how AI is spoiling photography on social media, but we have to get involved with this AI app. to remember? We saw the same frequency with the change from Film to Digital and then with the transition from DSLR to Mirrorless. Heck, even nearly using Photoshop hasn’t been fully verified yet. There is an understandable hesitation about introducing AI into post-production. What I’ve seen in testing and reviewing all of these software and as an Adobe Influencer is that they all make our lives easier, and they are constantly evolving in their capabilities.

For example, the processes we learned to edit photos in Adobe Photoshop are outdated in some cases. Artificial intelligence software performs these operations for us. This means that a lot of the things we learned to do are outdated. And quickly. But here’s the thing: AI does it faster and, in many cases, better. We no longer need to put so much effort into performing menial tasks. We can simply switch to pressing a button and have the AI ​​do it all for us. This frees up a lot of headspace for creativity and helps us increase clarity and pixels. Take a look at this example of what Topaz Photo AI can do to sharpen this Icelandic puffin. You can see how much it was cropped by checking the original image at the top right.

Upgrade it with Luminar Neo. Take a look at how the AI ​​analyzes what’s in my photo and makes suggestions for improvements to make at the top, as well as allowing me to access every other feature of the software. We’ve known for a long time that software can recognize objects, faces, and parts of an image. This is a perfect application of that technology. Developments like this one by Luminar Neo are excellent tools to complement our workflow.

So, here I am. The question posed was,Should we worry about artificial intelligence in photography?‘My answer is number. We are in a situation where AI is an industry in itself, and its place within our industry is becoming firmly established.

We need to embrace the positives and (ironically) train the industry on what makes a valuable addition to our workflow. When it comes to workflows (such as Adobe Sensei, Luminar AI, Topaz AI, ON1 AI, etc.), I embrace it with open arms. They save me time and reserve my mental fuel for creative situations where it is best placed. For images created entirely by AI, I feel there is a time and place to use them. If you had asked me if art created by artificial intelligence had a place in photography, I would have said no, but then I saw what Ramtin Kazemi it’s over. Follow this is instagramBelieve me.

Perhaps it has a place after all – only time will tell for sure. Using AI to help us with the process, rather than creating an image from scratch, is definitely a big help.

what do you say? Should Photographers Embrace Artificial Intelligence?

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