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AI in Photography: What are the Uses and What are in Store for the Future?

June, 13 2022

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for quite some time now. A major part of the world of technology, it has been impacting human lives mostly in a positive manner over the last few decades. Look around and you can find AI-driven gadgets and tools all around you. And all these AI-based tools are making the lives of people easier than ever before.

But is AI and its impact on human lives really a recent affair?

A Harvard article titled ‘The History of Artificial Intelligence’ by Rockwell Anyoha does not think so. In the article, the author puts together arguments in favor of the possibility of AI from the first half of the 20th Century.

The article says, “In the first half of the 20th century, science fiction familiarized the world with the concept of artificially intelligent robots. It began with the “heartless” Tin man from the Wizard of Oz and continued with the humanoid robot that impersonated Maria in Metropolis.”

It’s true that AI was already present in the human mind and was brought into reality from there during the last few decades.

Making Human Lives Easier

There’s no doubt that AI has been able to improve various things in human lives. From voice assistants, such as Alexa, and maps navigation applications that are improving the traveling experience, to online banking and e-payments — AI has already touched the daily lives of people around the world. The advancements in the field of AI are expected to continue enhancing the quality of lives of people around the world.

Impact on Arts

AI has surely touched almost all sectors and industries in recent times. However, it is often pondered that its impact on art has not been as deep as it has been on the other sectors. There have been some instances though. AI has been known to impact the world of one form of art – that’s photography. However, a large amount of opportunity is still unrealized. In the coming years, the advancements in various fields of technology and AI are expected to bring on major changes in the field of photography as well. The impact is not going to be limited to clicking the pictures only, but will spill over to image editing too. In fact, over the last few years, most of the developments in the field of photography are related not to lens and sensors, but to the software. And most of these developments have been driven by AI.

AI in Photography

Photography is quite an old form of art. One of the best things that photography does is capture a moment and store it forever. However, the photography software that has been in use for a few years surely has rooms for improvement. And this improvement is going to take place through the integration of AI and its introduction in photography.

The use of AI in photography probably lies mostly in the field of photo editing. However, it also plays some role while clicking the pictures. If you're in the profession of photography, your task does not end after clicking a picture. After the picture is clicked, you need to focus on making it better and presenting it to your audience in the best possible manner. This can be done by editing the picture in the right way. And for that, a number of software, which are supported by AI, are available these days.

Replacing the Repetitive Tasks

One can’t deny the fact that most of the tasks that are performed during image editing are repetitive in nature. Many of the tasks that are part of editing have to be done on all images. Therefore, one of the many ways in which AI can help photographers is by automating these repetitive tasks. This can be done by Machine Learning, which is going to complete the editing of images immediately after clicking them and offer the best quality for them. Thus, the photographers won't need to spend lots of time editing the pictures before sharing them with their audience.

Capturing the Right Emotions at the Right Time

In addition to those which help in completing the repetitive tasks, there are also several other AI-driven photography software. Some of them have the algorithm to identify the familiar emotions. Thus, they help to spot these emotions and click the pictures at the right time to capture the memorable moments forever.

AI-driven photography software is also trained through machine learning. Therefore, before capturing the images, the software compares the settings of the surroundings with the records it has. This helps the AI-driven photography software to find the best settings for clicking the picture. The result: you get the images of the best quality.

Enhancing the Quality of Pictures

It might seem that AI is going to replace photography as a whole. However, this surely is not true. Photography is going to retain its place. However, with the increased use of AI in the field of photography and photo editing, the quality of photos used in day to day lives is going to improve significantly. Once AI is integrated with photography, the stock photographs, which are used in businesses, are also likely to be of better quality.

Clicking Better pictures with Mobile Phones

When you're clicking the pictures with your mobile devices, you are likely to get some amazing options. You can choose the modes of the pictures, such as Portrait, Landscapes, and others. Besides, you can also find that the mobile camera can itself detect the faces of people in the images, create highlights or shades, add textures, sharpen the photo, or even enhance its colors. All these can be done as the image clicking software of your mobile device is AI driven.

What's in Store for the Future for AI-driven Photography?

The number of photo editing and picture clicking software based on AI is definitely going to increase significantly in near future. The new tools are going to be developed to add more features to the existing band of tools.

From retouching the pictures to changing backgrounds and erasing unwanted stuff — photo editing is likely to advance in leaps and bounds with the integration of AI. Therefore, it is essential for you as a photographer to acquaint yourself with the AI-driven features in photography. Only then you can make the most of these new features and reap the benefits. Once you can master the AI-driven features of photography, you can ensure that the picture clicked and edited by you will be able to capture the attention of your audience and customers.


There might be situations when you may feel that AI is going to disrupt the photography industry. However, it’s not true. Similar to various other technologies, AI is also likely to bring several things that can help photographers. However, it is on the photographer on how they are going to use AI in their work. If AI is used in the right way in photography, the quality of images that are delivered to the customers and the audience is going to increase significantly. In short, photography is going to become smarter and more intelligent with the help of AI.

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