Image Editing with Artificial Intelligence Does Not Destroy Photography

The number of image editing software equipped with artificial intelligence is increasing day by day. But what impact will artificial intelligence have on the future of photography?

Artificial intelligence is an emerging phenomenon in the world of digital photography. Skylum has taken advantage of artificial intelligence image editing capabilities better than any other company and is looking to release Luminar AI. ON1 also offers ON1 Portrait AI. Dxo has also unveiled the DxO DeepPRIME feature, which is defined as proprietary artificial intelligence technology for editing images in RAW format.

Adobe has made artificial intelligence one of the main features in the latest version of Photoshop, and claims that Photoshop is the most advanced artificial intelligence program for creative people. But the online photography community reacts differently to the phenomenon of artificial intelligence. A minority thinks of AI as a pure devil, but some other people emphasize artificial intelligence’s positive side.

On the other hand, there are some questions in artificial intelligence’s ethical discussions: Is it correct to use artificial intelligence to reshape faces, change the sky, or create fake images? Can artificial intelligence change contemporary photography forever?

The answers of the questions above depend on the decision of the photography software companies; because in discussing the ethics of artificial intelligence software, two points are usually raised:

  • Artificial intelligence is a technology and not just an advertising aspect.
  • Artificial intelligence software works well.

There Is No Way Back

Usually, many photographers are not interested in the final editing of portrait photography, so artificial intelligence allows them to edit their images with just a few clicks, thus saving more time. Still, AI capabilities depend on consumer demand, and most people tend to go for the most appropriate option.

For example, why did digital cameras defeat film or analog cameras? Because a digital camera is more appropriate. Why do smartphones beat digital cameras? Because smartphones are easier to use. Professional retouchers always find a way to meet their needs, but many people prefer the “click and finish” model. However, we should also consider the following points in using artificial intelligence for retouching:

You Do Not Have To Use New Technology

There is no need to stop this process if you are using Photoshop or Affinity Photo, or any other tool to edit your images. No one is insisting on using new tools or AI editing software. Companies like Adobe usually add features to their products every year but do not remove the previous features. For example, you can even use the clone stamp retouching tool for the next twenty years.

Thanks to mobile apps, you can have bigger eyes, smoother skin and a slimmer waist with just a few clicks. The funny thing is that these apps are usually popular among influencers and celebrities who constantly tell you to love yourself as you are!

As a result, Adobe, Luminar and other competitors follow the trend by adding face and body modification features. Alan Murabayashi, President of PhotoShelter, believes there is some legitimacy to using similar technologies in Adobe Photoshop. But does legitimacy matter? Face change applications have been trendy for many years, and even if they become illegal, a black market will be created for them.

Only You Can Destroy the Photography

Landscape photographer Thomas Heaton says: “Editing artificial intelligence can lead to the destruction of contemporary photography. But from this point of view, we can say that even Photoshop has put an end to photography. You can even extend this to a dark analog photography room. For years before the release of Photoshop, photographers usually retouched skin, replaced heads, manipulated colors, and combined images.

Artificial intelligence editors only make things easier. For example, you can use these features while shooting. But first, you have to think about why you are photographing. According to outstanding photographer Gregory Heisler:

“If your only expectation is to be satisfied with photography, then nothing will stop you.”

Hence, if your goal is pure photography, the new software will not change your direction. As a result, we leave you alone with these three questions:

  1. Does it bother you that software can make things easier for some people to take beautiful images?
  2. Are you worried that some people will achieve the same results with less work?
  3. Do you value your work based on the difficulty of the work?

There is not a single answer to these questions, but they are still worth thinking about. As a result, try to focus your energy on outcomes that seem appropriate.

Source : Michael Cameo, Editor of OnPortraits.com – a new online forum dedicated to simple classic portrait photography.

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