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With all of the negative conversations around AI that are happening at the moment, which you can write off as a possibly legitimate fear of the unknown, it’s easy to forget that AI just describes a way of working with data. Many non-scary applications of AI are widely used, from identifying cancer cells and predicting the weather, earthquakes, etc., to showing how you’ll look when you get old. Actually, the last one isn’t AI, it’s just a Facebook scam to get you to share your personal details!
One of the positives of AI that I’ve only really discovered in the last couple of months is its use in post-processing images for sharpness and noise (and upscaling). I recently bought Topaz Sharpen AI to test it out on film scans and was blown away by the quality of the results. Although it can introduce some artefacts, the level of increased details was remarkable. Likewise, the ability to reduce the noise in scans with Topaz DeNoise AI and now with the updated Lightroom noise reduction algorithm.
I’ve used Topaz Photo AI on a few phone photos taken whilst in Hoy a couple of weeks ago and ordered a couple of prints. The improvements are significant and seem to me similar to a major camera upgrade!
Have you used AI tools in photography?
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As an added bonus, Michael’s image also contains an abundance of nature’s irregular patterns and textures. That is how I believe the natural world prefers to present itself to us, always a bit chaotic, as opposed to what we commonly find in structured orchards and manicured gardens. more
Rhythm Of The Unseen is a celebration of photographic expressionism and is the third exhibition by participants of the inaugural Abstract Rhythm and Blue Notes programme. more
I wouldn’t say I am primarily any one thing. All aspects of expression interest me and I would like to be able to explore as many mediums and processes as possible. For me, drawing distinctions between genre, style and medium is degenerative and prohibitive. more
My parents, Ardis and Philip Hyde, as a team, made a full-time living in nature photography for 60-years before many others did. They also not only helped to make national parks and other wilderness, they quietly and for the most part privately, helped pioneer the Post War wave of the Back to the Land Movement. more