Using AI on my some images from the city

I want to start this post by saying that I will always let you know if AI creates the images, or if I use it on my own photos. I find the whole process rather interesting and can’t believe what it can create. I love just putting in some instructions and then seeing what it does. However, today I thought I would try something different.

There is no doubt there are some things that AI does that are really good to use for your images.

Do you have images that you have taken but you couldn’t get what you wanted because there was something in the way?

I think it is something that happens to all of us. It certainly happened when I was in the city on the weekend.

The first image was taken on Friday night down at South Wharf. There was a bit of a festival on and I saw a light tunnel sort of thing. I wanted to get a photo with no people, but it just wasn’t possible. So I picked the best one and opened it in Photoshop to see if I could remove them.

Here are the results. I have done a before and after so you can see the people and what I asked PS to remove.

It isn’t bad. I was expecting it to be worse, though I did have to try it a couple of times.

This next one was a sunrise the following morning. We rushed to the spot to take it, and I quickly set up the tripod. I didn’t take a lot of notice of what else was in the image and I ended up getting the ledge of the balcony thing I was standing behind.

I decided to see how PS AI would go about removing it.

It is nothing like what is actually there, but I hope you agree it looks better than the slap of cement that is there.

I think in this way AI is good. You can remove things you don’t want from your photos. I have removed things many times from photos, but things like these are hard to do, if not impossible. I can see myself using this a lot.

I am putting the final images into a gallery for you to check out.

This is something I want to explore more and am going to be looking at other editing programs as well. I have the latest version of ON1 and I am looking forward to seeing what it can do as well.

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  1. The single feature I use regularly is “remove.” But to be fair, this is just a much easier way to do something we have done before, but faster and frequently, better. Not AWAYS better. Something it decides that the background isn’t what you want, but what “it” wants. When that happens, I find another way to remove it, decide to leave it where it was, discover a creative crop method — or move on to another picture. This is particularly useful for things like wires that are inevitably directly in front of every steeple you’ll see in New England. We have wires everywhere. Remove doesn’t work well for large items. Best on little pieces of a photograph. When it works, it make a difficult job easy and I’m all in favor of that ☺️

    1. I agree with everything you have said Marilyn. Many of the AI features that PS has mean we can do lots of things easier. I think you are right there. I’ve found the remove tool can give some interesting results too. I hate wires, they are everywhere in Melbourne because of our tram network, especially in the city. I have to say you are absolutely right, when it works it is fantastic. Thank you Marilyn.

  2. I think the AI has done a great job on these, especially the sunrise shot – I agree with you that the balcony edge is intrusive, much better without it. The light tunnel I’m in two minds about, as the people give it scale and a focal point, but if yo wanted them removed then AI has definitely done the trick for you.

    1. Thank you Sarah. Glad you agree about the balcony. I think it is better too. I didn’t like how murky the people in the tunnel looked. If it was just the light trail, I might have left that, but I wanted to remove the others. Plus I wanted to see if I could go it.

  3. Interesting post. You showed the one thing that I would consider to use Ai for: removing annoying objects. I have a whole archive of traffic signs and emergency exit lights that need to be removed.. But maybe you surprise me with some other useful possibilities. Looking forward to that.
    In a few former posts on Ai you mentioned the introduction of digital photography and the fear, in those days, that it would destroy photography, which didn’t happen. But I don’t think that is comparable to the introduction of Ai. Digital photography only replaced film by a sensor. It may have destroyed the nostalgic feel of film and dirty grain; but it didn’t influence what is in the frame; it didn’t change what you saw when you decided to press the shutter.

    1. Sounds like it might be time to get them out and see wIhat you can do with them. Get rid of the stuff you don’t want. I think we have all tried doing that in the past with mixed results at times, but now you can do it a lot better and easier. I think what I meant is that AI is just going to be part of the editing process. I think the images that are created with it are not photos and I don’t think anyone thinks of them as such, I know I don’t. They are fun, but they can’t replace, at this stage, what I take with my camera. But I do see more and more AI in the software for editing them that will make trying to create something from you image a lot easier. Thank you.

  4. I haven’t used AI with photography but I was using it to create art pieces to add to the top of my blog at one stage. It was fascinating, but once I began my photography again I have enjoyed using my photos for my blog. I don’t think I would add AI into the process because I love having an original work of my own. I’d never say never though. The creative process is always evolving and I agree, AI is fascinating to a certain extent

    1. I love playing around with creating images from it, I think it is fascinating what it can come up with. These photos are my first time doing it on my work. I love seeing how far I can push an image and to me what I’e done is what I wish I could do anyway. Thank you Kate.

  5. Nice. I’d beinterested in the prompts you used and whether you selected the specific area that you wanted to change.

  6. I think as AI develops, the photography world will divide into two camps. The ones who embrace it, recognise its potential, and use it to benefit their shots. Then there’s my camp, who take a shot, do the minimum (a spot of cropping, horizon and light adjustment) and if the shot still doesn’t measure up, junk it. Neither is right or wrong, but they are different, and I think the chasm can only increase.

    1. I think you will find there are two camps now Margaret, has been for a very long time. Those that really use editing software and those that don’t. I think the people who will experiment with AI will be the ones that embrass editing. I agree, your image you do what you want. Shouldn’t be dependent on others. Thank you Margaret.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing about your experiments with AI. I don’t have PS at the moment and had no idea this was going on. The light tunnel is amazing, I like the LED light line on the ground that leads the eye through the tunnel. How great that they set up such an interesting visual experience in Melbourne. And getting rid of the balcony is downright handy! It’s a nice photo and it’s great that you could save it with software.

    1. I have to admit it is something I’ve only just started realising too Nicci. Thank you, i like that you can remove things so much more easily now that we could in the past.

    2. That’s huge. This is such a thought-provoking topic. It’s good to see people engaging in it and seeing the various ideas like camps and editing versus not.

    1. I don’t like the balcony like that, it is just a lump in the corner. So I took it out. Though I also did it to see how AI would do it, I’m sure at well it did. Thank you Matt.

    2. I know you didn’t care for it I’m just throwing out my perspective if i wouldve taken the same shot, for some reason the tree substitute just looks odd to me. I guess i really don’t care for AI

    3. Interesting you say that about the trees, because there are trees below the balcony. Not that many but there are some.

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