The next time you are buying a smart phone or a digital camera, instead of concentrating on the lens specifications, try to find out what the manufacturer has to say about artificial intelligence. Because the nature of photography has changed for good in a world fast recalibrating to keep pace with the exigencies of advanced computing. In this article we will examine how artificial intelligence has transformed the way the world looks at photography now.
Photography, the idea of sharing with others what we can see through a lens, has been a long developed art with teachers and mentors passing down acquired skills to protégés and juniors for years now. However, with the advancement of AI’s uses in the photography industry, things have changed tremendously.
Take for instance Apple’s A11 Bionic neural engine chip that powers the latest generation of iPhones. The chip is fitted with AI technology that assists in image and face recognition, AR applications and more. Google Pixel then came out with its high-tech hardware chip designed for dedicated image enhancement and image processing.
The Chinese smartphone, Huawei’s P20 Pro, features four cameras. Besides achieving the highest DxO Mark score to date, the Huawei P20 Pro is packed with AI features, such as real-time image scene recognition, meaning it can discern 500 scenarios in 19 categories, such as animals, landscapes, as well as an advanced night mode, where the AI assists in processing noisy photos, making them almost perfect, says a report.
So it has become the norm for smart devices to have inbuilt AI powered hardware that help enhance the process of photography unlike traditional cameras. Manufacturers are concentrating on image capture and real-time processing because it is a market differentiator.
Processing professional photographs
Professional photography needs to be processed and cannot be used in the RAW format. But the procedure has been enhanced by AI technology lately. For instance, recently, PetaPixel released a research paper that talked about how extremely underexposed images can be retrieved through techniques wherein AI is applied to the digital images. This technology can be used in high-end security cameras as well.
Photo optimisation is what AI has been able to take to the next level. A team of AI developers at Skylum is working on technology that will allow smartphone images to be expanded and printed with very high resolution and sharpness. This technology will help consumers lagging behind with older smart phones and old technology to optimise photos taken years ago. Other companies are trying to build technology that will compress RAW images up to 10 times the original heavy files without loss of data.
It might seem like AI is intruding into the art space of photography, especially for professionals who have spent years honing the art of taking and editing photographs. But for the common user, AI powered technology is a boon and this technology is being sought by the best tech companies across the world. In India, artificial intelligence certifications in Delhi NCR are springing up to cater to a growing clientele that wants to join the AI revolution.