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Artificial Intelligence (more commonly known as AI) has successfully permeated our lives in the truest sense. From making a business decision to completely changing your profession, AI is rapidly transforming today’s business industry. On one hand, it can lead you to a life of professional growth and prosperity if you accept it or it can make you cry tears of frustration. The trick is to understand AI because it is here to stay.

Photography is subjective while artificial intelligence (AI) is objective. Photography is an art while AI is just a machine doing its job. But can they co-exist? Can the combination of these two dimensions of human expression and innovation create something wondrous? Let’s find out!

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Whenever we talk about photography, we might appreciate the photographer’s creativity and his art to the moon but all that matters is that we create content which is meaningful. If people like what they see, then you can bet you are on the right track. AI simply helps a photographer to bridge the gap between what his eyes see and what his camera perceives.

When Google Photos was launched in 2015, suddenly it seemed Google knew what your cat looked like. From then to today, we have Supervised Learning, a process which keeps track of how we perceive the environment around us. As more and more examples of data are added to the software’s database, it slowly becomes more and more frighteningly accurate. Just add some computational power and voila – you get instant Image Recognition! So say goodbye to long hours of image searching and welcome to the age of smart image segregation.

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Another aspect of AI which can be witnessed today is your smartphone camera. Correcting exposure by merging several underexposed frames into one, measuring white balance instantaneously and arranging colours can sometimes lead to photos which are comparatively better than your standard DSLR images. Still, that is only a once in a time occurrence and once post-processing is factored in, the game changes completely.

The real head-spinner when we talk about AI in photography comes in the form of Image Editing. The long hour editing process of the past is now just a click away due to AI. One can simply generate the “best” possible version of the image, which the software generates based on your previous experiences while editing and adapting to your unique style. Just consider the possibilities! All those nightly editing sessions to get the work done reduced to a process that takes only seconds.

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All these advantages do make it seem like the future of photography is all but embedded in AI. Still, it is a fact that all the AI in the world cannot help you out if you lack creativity and imagination. Sure, it can help your work appear flashy and amazing but photographic intuition and artistic vision is what makes a photo truly speak to the audience all those 1000 words which make it.