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This Company is Giving Away 100,000 AI-Generated Portraits for Free – Photography Article

A company called Icons8 has just released “a massive free resource of 100k faces generated from scratch” using an AI algorithm trained on tens of thousands of real-life portraits. The resulting headshots can be used by anybody, royalty free, without worrying about model releases or other stock photography issues, since a fake person can’t exactly sue you. The project was revealed on Product Hunt, where Icons8 showed off “the technology we are building to create media on-demand” by giving away…

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Skylum Shows Off AI Skin and Portrait Enhancer Coming to Luminar 4 – Photography Article

Skylum continues to tease impressive AI features that are coming to its Luminar 4 software this fall. First we got AI Sky Replace, then AI Structure, and now the software company is showing off two impressive new AI-powered tools that will take out blemishes, whiten teeth, adjust facial features, and more: AI Skin Enhancer and AI Portrait Enhancer. AI Skin Enhancer focuses on removing imperfections and blemishes in the skin without over-smoothing or otherwise removing all of the character from…

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Adobe Shows Off AI-Powered ‘Auto Reframe’ Tool for Premiere Pro – Photography Article

Automated editing is taking over more and more photo and video editing tasks. Case in point: today, Adobe is showing off a new AI-powered tool for Premiere Pro called “Auto Reframe,” which can intelligently crop and pan your footage into multiple aspect ratios. Given the number of devices with different displays in use today, it’s no longer good enough to release a video in a single aspect ratio; but as Adobe points out in its demo, manually reframing your footage…

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iPhone Art Girl — Today, September 6, “Sunflower, No Sun” and… – iPhone Photography Article

Today, September 6, “Sunflower, No Sun” and “Autumn’s Closing In” were featured by a new iPhone camera app developer, NeuralCam, in their Instagram Stories. NeuralCam is an exciting new kind of camera that uses AI to capture the most possible light in situations where the sun has already gone down, or isn’t really up yet. Even in the dark. I’ve been shooting with it – handheld – for the last five days and it’s got me fascinated. Sometimes I’m just…

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Skylum Shows Off Content-Aware ‘AI Structure’ Tool Coming to Luminar 4 – Photography Article

After announcing the development of Lumiar 4 and teasing its intelligent sky replacement tech, Skylum is keeping the AI train rolling by debuting a new content-aware feature: AI Structure. AI Structure boosts details and increases local contrast in your images, applying the edit intelligently so skin isn’t overly sharpened, and you’re less likely to get noise or halos. It’s like using a combination of the Clarity and Texture sliders in Adobe Lightroom, but without the need to paint in the…

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See Luminar’s AI-Powered Sky Replacement Feature in Action – Photography Article

When Skylum releases Luminar 4 in the fall, one of its main features will be a new AI-powered sky replacement tool that intelligently masks a new sky into your photos. We already reported on the upcoming feature, but now Skylum has released a sneak peek of the tool in action. The initial announcement came with still photos, and while the results looked pretty impressive, there’s no way to know for sure that they were one-click creations as Skylum promised. This…

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Skylum Announces Luminar 4 with AI-Powered Automatic Sky Replacement – Photography Article

Skylum has officially announced the upcoming release of Luminar 4—the next generation of their increasingly popular photo editor—by showing off a new AI-powered editing tool that will be available only to Luminar 4 users: AI Sky Replacement. Skylum claims Luminar 4 will be the first photo editor to have a fully automated Sky Replacement tool—and when they say fully-automated, they’re not joking. This tool doesn’t just automatically mask out your sky and drop in a new one, it reportedly goes…

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Researchers Developed an AI that Can ‘Relight’ Portraits After the Fact – Photography Article

A group of researchers and engineers from UC San Diego and Google have trained a neural network to “relight” portraits after the fact “according to any provided environment map.” In other words: their system can take any photo and adjust the lighting at will—including the direction, temperature, and quality of the light. The technology was detailed in a research paper submitted to SIGGRAPH 2019z, an annual conference on computer graphics, and like most AI-based image manipulation that we’ve seen lately,…

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A Technical Look at Creating a Photo Restoration and Colorization AI – Photography Article

In this article, I’m going to tell a story of how we’ve created AI-based restoration project for old military photos. Editor’s note: This article is highly technical and will not be easy reading for most. What is “photo restoration”? It consists of three steps: 1. We find all the image defects: fractures, scuffs, holes; 2. We inpaint the discovered defects, based on the pixel values around them; 3. We colorize the image. Further, I’ll describe every step of photo restoration…

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Facebook AI Made This Hilariously Bad Friends Day Photo Slideshow – Photography Article

Facebook celebrated its 12th birthday back in 2016 by creating automatically-generated “Friends Day” videos for users showing up to 16 photos of themselves and their friends. But not all users got heartwarming videos — some were hilariously bad. The 1-minute video above, made for a guy named Tyler, was one of the fails that made headlines a few years ago and is now making the rounds again as an example of what happens when AI goes wrong. Instead of a…

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This Camera App Erases the Humans in Every Photo – Photography Article

Want a fast and easy way to shoot photos in without pesky humans ruining the scene? There’s a new iOS app called Bye Bye Camera that automatically removes humans from every photo you snap. Bye Bye Camera is an art project by artist Damjanski and the collective Do Something Good. “The app takes out the vanity of any selfie and also the person,” Damjanski tells Artnome. “I consider Bye Bye Camera an app for the post-human era. It’s a gentle…

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This AI Can ‘Bring a Person to Life’ from a Single Still Photo – Photography Article

Researchers have created an AI that can animate a human subject from a single still photograph, “bringing them to life” by making them walk, run, sit, or jump out of a photo in 3D. “Photo Wake-Up: 3D Character Animation from a Single Photo” is the new paper describing the technology advancements made by the computer scientists at the University of Washington and Facebook. After analyzing a photo to detect the human(s) within, the AI turns the person’s silhouette into an…

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This AI Can Tell When Faces in Photos Were Photoshopped – Photography Article

Fake photos are a rampant issue in our digital age, but researchers are working hard to restore a greater degree of trust to photography. One team has created a new AI that can detect when faces in photos were manipulated using Photoshop. The researchers at Adobe and UC Berkeley have published their work in a new paper titled, “Detecting Photoshopped Faces by Scripting Photoshop,” explaining how the new method can figure out if Photoshop’s Face Aware Liquify feature was used.…

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These Deepfakes of Famous People Are Testing Facebook’s Policies – Photography Article

Facebook has recently taken a position of not removing faked videos, choosing instead to reduce their reach and display them alongside fact-checking information. Now a series of viral deepfake videos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other famous individuals is putting Facebook’s policies to the test. Motherboard reports that artists Bill Posters and Daniel Howe recently partnered with the advertising Canny to create AI-generated fake videos of people talking about a mysterious “Spectre,” which is actually an exhibition the artists…

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