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AI meets Photography: The Pros, Cons, and Why Photographers Should Embrace It + Inspo!


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Generative AI is a rapidly developing field that has the potential to revolutionize photography. By creating new tools and techniques, generative AI can help photographers to create more creative and expressive images. However, there are also some potential drawbacks to generative AI that photographers should be aware of.

Pros - 

  • Creativity: It can help photographers to be more creative by providing them with new tools and techniques. For example, generative AI can be used to create realistic composites, generate new textures and patterns, and even create entirely new images from scratch. This can give you a much wider range of possibilities when it comes to creating images.
  • Efficiency: Generative AI can also help photographers to be more efficient by automating some of the more time-consuming tasks involved in photography. For example, it can be used to automatically remove unwanted objects from images, adjust the color balance, and even sharpen images. This can free you up to focus on more creative aspects of your work.

Cons - 

  • Lack of originality: One potential drawback of generative AI is that it can make it more difficult for photographers to create original images. This is because generative AI can be used to create images that are indistinguishable from real photographs. This can lead to a situation where all images look the same, which can be detrimental to the creative process.
  • Misuse: Finally, it is important to note that generative AI can be misused. For example, generative AI can be used to create fake news images or to create images that are used to deceive people. It is important for photographers to be aware of the potential for misuse of generative AI and to take steps to prevent their images from being used in this way.

Why You as a Photographer Embrace Generative AI -

Despite the potential drawbacks, there are many reasons why photographers should embrace generative AI. Generative AI is a powerful tool that can help photographers to be more creative, efficient, and accessible. As it continues to develop, it is likely to play an increasingly important role in photography and maybe even change some aspects of this field forever.

Here are some tips for photographers who want to use generative AI:

  • Experiment: The best way to learn about generative AI is to experiment with it. Try different tools and techniques to see what you can create. 
  • Be creative: Don't be afraid to use generative AI to create images that are outside the box. Use it to push the boundaries of your creativity.
  • Find your edge: When you get to know the tools and their abilities it will be easier for you to point out your edge as a real-life photographer.
  • Be responsible: Use generative AI responsibly. Don't use it to create fake news images or to create images that are used to deceive people.


Here is some perspective and inspiration I thought you can enjoy - 

Photography vs AI / The School of Photography > https://youtu.be/vYZM0lFYflM

Photography and the Rise of A.I. (a perspective) / Photographer Sean Tucker > https://youtu.be/szgtpjeTTvk

Photorealistic Art / @mrtoledano > https://www.instagram.com/mrtoledano/
Photorealistic Art / @inoxlord2 > https://www.instagram.com/inoxlord2/

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