Posts tagged photography

Black-and-White Photos Are Colorized By Artificial Intelligence

In a nutshell, Deep Learning means the AI’s ability to learn analyzing and identifying data. This turned into an algorithm that colorizes black-and-white photographs in the hands of a startup called Algorithmia.

Deep learning represents computer software’s gaining the ability to learn by imitating the human brain. Seattle based startup Algorithmia currently have 15 different deep learning algorithms put into the service of developers. Among these algorithms are the ones that can recognize faces in a crowd, detect nudity, colorize photographs and sense the stress level of a person by the tone of voice. Algorithmia team plans to offer their products to application development companies that work on this sector and need artificial intelligence software. The company’s web based photo colorization tool is quite interesting.

You can get to their website through this link and copy/paste the URL of the photo you want to colorize. The artificial intelligence then will load the result and show you both versions of the photo together.

After colorizing the black-and-white photos you chose, it is possible that you may not like the results very much. However, the impressive thing here is that the AI learned how to colorize objects, sceneries, people or animals by taking one million different photos as examples. It is impossible to deny the fact that artificial intelligence and deep learning will affect our lives even in the short term.

MIT is Training a New AI to Make Photographs Scary

MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is one of the leading universities that helps the world advance with its technology and now the scientists at MIT are training an AI to scare people!

This algorithm called “Nightmare Machine” is designed to turn a given image into a spooky one. It works like a scary filter and covers the image with frightening effects. The three people who wrote the software are sharing photos over the social media and asking people to choose which of them is the scariest one in order to train the AI and make it more terrifying. They are creating a learning mechanism by adding these data to the program and getting increasingly scarier photos.

This program which has been tested on celebrity faces and famous locations, achieves to give scary results.

A New AI Software Has Been Developed To Help Clear Low-Resolution Images

With a new software that has been developed by Google, low resolution images can be converted to more clear ones. Asides from increasing the resolution of the images, this software could also fill in the missing details. This way, by sharpening photographs with an 8×8 pixel quality, it will enable us to see unclear objects and faces.

This software can fill in the details by pairing a low-resolution image with less pixels and unclear details with a high-resolution image. This technology can also be used in photo editing and renewing old pictures.

Age Of Artificial Intelligence In Photo Editing

We are now in the time of AI in which the electronic devices have abilities like speech recognition, making a comment, bringing the closest results for your requests and analyzing them. Adobe is on a mission to make their products and software more useful with the help of AI. They are working on a kind of artificial intelligence that will turn Photoshop, which is already a successful photo editing software, into a program that can understand voice commands. Although this AI is currently in early stages of development, it is capable of executing standard functions on photographs. It can be quite useful when you want to edit a picture before sharing it on social media.

Adobe announced this project with a video. The program seen on the video has a microphone icon. This button activates the digital assistant and enables the user to cut, resize or share the project.

This video proves that something like this can be done. It is only a crazy concept project for now. Nevertheless, it is enough to get people excited.

Artificial Intelligence Photography Studio

Intelligent robots may soon be among the world’s best fashion photographers. Dutch company StyleShoots introduced the smart studio system called StyleShoots Live. ‘Smart Studio’ can take photos and shoot videos at the same time while adjusting the technical aspects like lighting and background. The system is capable of editing videos in minutes with the help of an algorithm.

This product actually presents a detailed solution to a problem only a few of us are aware of. StyleShoots Product and Marketing Manager Anders Jorgensen says in his interview to Digital Trends: “We have identified some of the key problems of the brands wanting to do photo and video shoots of the models. Brands using different studios for stills and videos mean that twice the equipment, twice the space and twice the people will be needed. Besides, the models have a hard time changing studios between shoots. After the shoot, a group of people will have to go through and edit the images to produce high quality, clean clips.”

StyleShoots Live consists of a Canon DX Mk I camera and a camera head together with a computer engine that controls the lighting and all the other equipment. The stylist has the opportunity of using an interface to configure details like video styles and lighting settings. Jorgensen says: “All of these variables have infinite options and possibilities.”

StyleShoots Live is the latest example of AI’s capability of being applied to everything. However, the people working in creative professions do not need to worry yet. Jorgensen says: “In order to organize a fashion shoot, you need a creative eye to plan the shoot, pose the model and choose the clothing styles. A robot cannot do that – at least for now. So, we can say that our product does not replace the photographer. We are offering this product to people with a creative eye so that they can use their vision quickly and easily.

On the other hand, the set crew may lose their jobs as a result of this product. Jorgensen describes StyleShoots Live as “A cameraman, a crane operator and a video editor combined into one single machine.”

My Workflow for Efficient Keywording of a Stock Photo

Keywording determines the fate of the stock photos. I want to explain this important process with a sample photo of a cat.

First of all, there is no point in tagging a photo of cat with the keyword “cat” only, because when you search for “cat” on iStock, you are seeing 457000 results today. So if you cannot find any other interesting keywords to tag a cat’s photo, do not waste your time by uploading the image.

Supposing that you want to upload the image in any way. In that case, you can make some adjustments on the image. For example: changing colour of only one eye of the cat may be an option to add new keywords and separate it from other cats.

But this small change does not remove the necessity from adding keywords “cat”, “animal”, “outdoor” etc. for the image. I hate dealing with things that are far below my abilities. Isn’t it a boring routine to look a photo, see the cat and write the keyword “cat”? Do you know that there are applications that do this routine for you and generate keywords automatically? My motto as an engineer is “if something can be done by machines, it’s inefficient to do it manually.”

Here is my workflow of keywording a photo:

  1. I drag and drop the image on Keywordsready and let the tool generates keywords for me. I copy and paste the keywords to where I want to upload the image. ( is a completely free keywording tool that uses artificial intelligence technology.)
  2. I ask myself the following question “What is in this image different from others?” and add a few more keywords that will help my image to separate from others. For this example, after editing eye of the cat: “heterochromia”, “variety”, “colourful”, “anomaly” etc.
  3. I ask myself the following question “if I were a buyer, which keywords would I use to find my image?” and add a few strong keywords which are conceptual generally.

Sometimes I skip the steps 2 and 3 because Keywordsready might have generated all necessary keywords for me.

An example how Keywordsready can increase your productivity

Assuming that you are a travel photographer and you have a Canon 5D Mark IV. Last month you traveled a few countries and shoot hundreds of images of streets, natural landmarks, buildings, people etc. Now you are at home and want to upload your images but you think that keywording is an annoying work because you have to remember where the images have been taken and name of the landmarks. Don’t worry! If GPS of your camera is turned on during your travel, leave the rest to Keywordsready that can find not only country, city, district of the image but also name of the landmarks. Although only this feature is enough to increase your efficiency, there are more features like finding number and ages of people visible in the image, technical properties of the image and many more…

8 Photo Apps Using AI To Give Your Photos an Artistic Look


Painnt (free from the iTunes Store) is not only about selecting pre-set styles for your photo, but also adjusting them to get a completely unique look. More than 100 styles in seven categories are available for desktop Macs and mobile devices (all effects are filtered on the local device). Select the aspect ratio (up to 16: 9) and extract the final picture in small, medium, large and original resolutions. Option settings like Transparency, Brightness, Contrast, Tint and Saturation allow you to experiment dynamically when combined with color composition options and settings such as Grain Consolidation and Soft Light. Detail shifters allow you to increase clarity and smoothness. You can view previous and next views of your images side by side, split view, or import.


From Prisma (free from the iTunes Store), Van Gogh, Picasso, Lichtenstein, Mondrian, Kandinsky and more, your photos are moving to a new place as a popular iPhone mobile app that allows you to present engaging artistic styles, and these are often new, Original entries.


Styler (free on Mac App Store), which works with both still image and video, is an easy-to-use Mac desktop application that lets you drag your artwork to the main window of the whole action. You can choose from 13 different styles like Candy, Hundertwasser and Seurat, or you can combine all the styles together.


Pikazo (free from the iTunes Store) uses a technology that mimics the human visual cortex to create a new image based on your original photo and a style you choose. Unlike some other apps in this genre, Pikazo allows you to select the subject and style instead of selecting from the available styles. Start with Pikazo’s built-in styles, buy additional style packs, or choose an original style from your own photo rolls photos. With these two items, the algorithm of the application then creates an original picture.


This AI photo filter editor for IPhone (free from the iTunes Store) gives you a choice: unlimited low-resolution images of your favorite painters – Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Warhol, Munch, Renoir or Dali – free, It is the Pro level that matches eight bones. Both levels quickly and easily picture your photos.


With Lucid (free from the iTunes Store), Dali, Van Gogh, Picasso, Kandinsky, Lautrec, and others, you can instantly see how a view of the camera roll will look like if it is painted by one of its masters. The app supports a variety of generic styles such as Street Arts, Geometric Art and Stained Glass. The appropriate part is that you will see all the low-resolution views of the 20 main styles without having to navigate them, so you’ll have a faster way of picking your favorite style. The app also implies which filters may look best with specific photos. Once you’ve selected your favorite item, you can share it via social networks or save it in a drop-down box or email it to yourself.


Artisto (free from the iTunes Store) is one of the few AI apps on the list of hits that include both phone and video. After you start the application, take a photo or video from your Camera Roll or take a new 10 second video, a second ring video or photo and pair it with one of the 20 styles in the app; Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso and other masters. It is enough to take a video and apply a filter. The application will then create a short video of the same stille.


DeepArt uses a proprietary algorithm that blends elements of a visual style to reproduce the content of a different view or video to apply photos or video-style styles with a web-based application.

When you upload a destination image, you choose from a variety of style presets or a second photo to derive style. The app offers just 18 popular styles for you to start working for 500×500 pixels free of charge in an unlimited number. Because viewing video requires frame-by-frame continuity, the application tracks images over time.