When AI Changes Its Mind
Understanding photographers’ hesitation toward ML features
My newest Smarter Image column is now published at Popular Photography: When AI changes its mind. In it, I explore why many photographers are hesitant to embrace shooting and editing features that are based on machine learning.
It’s not that they don’t like progress or technological advancement. I think it has more to do with not always knowing exactly what you’re going to get when you invoke a feature. Especially when editing photos, we like the repeatability of knowing how controls will affect an image. But when the software is making its own determination about what’s in the frame and what needs to be done, we have to click and see what it comes up with.
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Lastly, a research query: Do you know of anyone working on using AI to create alt text descriptions of photos? It seems like a great feature for services like Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, etc. to provide image context for people with vision limitations. If you know anyone doing this, I’d appreciate an introduction or pointer in the right direction.