Generative AI and photography -- what will it mean for you?

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Generative AI and photography -- what will it mean for you?
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Generative AI -- think ChatGPT for text and Stable Diffusion for images -- is going to have a huge impact on just about everything. It's making one side of my job easier (e.g., summarizing masses of information into a few core ideas), and it's making other parts so much harder (fighting plagiarism in student work).

Photographers are already using AI tools in Photoshop and other image editing software. You may think those tools are a good thing or a bad thing, but they're here to stay. Something else that is here to stay is photo-realistic images created from text prompts. Anyone with an Internet connection can make images that already look an awful lot like the kinds of photographs I see in this forum all the time. The quality of the generative AI images is low now, but the pace of AI development is incredibly rapid.

What is this technology going to mean for photography in general, and for your photography in particular?

If you like thinking about these things, you might enjoy reading an article where I explore this topic. I'd be happy to chat about the ideas in this thread.

Generative AI and Photography

I started a thread on this over at the GetDPI medium format forum, but the populations of these two medium format forums don't overlap a lot so a different conversation might happen here.

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