How will AI revolutionize photography? It is a popular speculative question that is raised every time a mobile phone manufacturer releases new camera technology that improves the range of imaging options available.
The release of the Huawei P30 Pro, which features a Leica quad camera system, has been met with the usual fanfare and conversation about the potential for AI to impact photography. This phone features a camera that can take images in the dark!
While it is a proprietary move by the brand, there are many aspects of machine learning that have already been incorporated into regular use.
Smart phones have provided manufacturers an ideal platform to test out different camera systems, with innovative camera placement and features, as well as aspects of machine learning. Aside from Apple’s smart photography features, its picture-based search engines have been using machine learning to sort out results according to preference.
Even though the smart phone camera system cannot as yet automatically detect your surroundings and adjust the exposure, HDR and white balance settings, it is a major step towards getting AI photography working just right.
So how will AI affect photography?
For starters, AI will make it easier to take and manage images. AI is designed to improve the efficiency of some aspect of human life, which means that it will make it even easier to take and sort your photographs.
It could mean the end for image management tools such as Photoshop. It could even help restore older photos, as well as scale large images from small resolution originals.
Aside from quantity and efficiency, AI has the potential to improve the quality of images taken. It will incorporate detail and visual arrangement into images will improve their quality and rendering, allowing even for higher resolutions than currently capable.
A recent image measuring about 195 gigapixes, which offers so much detail that viewers can zoom into the different facial expressions of people within it could be a precursor for AI photography capability. It could finally help bridge the gap between images and the actual visual depictions made by your eyes, allowing for better photographs.
AI can also offer dynamic camera features that could help improve photography. Similarly to its role in revolutionizing the motor vehicle industry, AI could prove potentially beneficial for photography.
It could help with sorting and automated tagging, allowing users a more streamlined sorting process. It could also help determine the right photo balance every time, translating to a reduced workload for editors.
Even though the potential for AI photography is not tied to a single new release, the Huawei P30 Pro’s ability to capture low lighting images could set the tone for AI to comfortably capture images under all conditions.