In recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has ignited a profound revolution, particularly in sectors like photography. The integration of AI into photography has not only empowered photographers to enhance their creativity and generate striking images. One of the most intricate and debatable subjects, but it has also opened doors to a world of possibilities in simplifying workflows.
From automated editing processes to intelligent image recognition, AI is reshaping the way we create, edit, and share photographs. Unlike traditional photography, where image creation relied on optical tools, artificial intelligence suggests that every image, even the most surreal and detached from reality, is now possible. The potential of this new technology lies in how it is perceived—as a tool or as an end in itself. One thing is certain: AI is changing the future of photographic landscapes.
And visual storytelling, prompting everyone to adapt to this evolving reality.
Reflecting on the past, we have already experienced similarly groundbreaking transitions. For instance, with the advent of photography, painting was able to break free from its documentary function by transferring the flag to a new practice. The same occurred with the emergence of digital photography and post-production software. A double-edged sword offering new possibilities for photography, creating new professionalism while posing a threat to the authenticity aura that analog photography carried. This is despite the fact that intervention is possible in the darkroom.
Automating editing processes and replicating them across multiple images is useful. It saves photographers time and ensures consistency in a series of photographs. Moreover, AI presents substantial potential for image restoration and enhancement. With the assistance of deep learning models, old, damaged photographs can be preserved, passing down precious memories to future generations.
Many authors also leverage AI in the process of creating their visuals. Artificial intelligence can analyze the style of a single photographer (starting with their photos). Also it can suggest new approaches or compositions aligned with their creative preferences, encouraging them to experiment and enhance their artistic visions. By relegating AI to a purely instrumental function, photographers can streamline their workflows without losing the uniqueness of their research, thus improving images. The criticism directed towards images generated through AI (and, therefore, through an information prompt) is a form of aesthetic smoothing, presenting a formal uniformity that can be easily identified. However, this technology is rapidly learning to simulate reality more convincingly.
We should educate our perspectives to read images in a way that allows each of us to recognize an AI-generated image. This step is becoming essential primarily in seeking the necessary information to decode the world, which is increasingly connected to images. In our visually dominated society, it’s essential to encourage the examination of images influenced by artificial intelligence, a topic that merits inclusion in educational curricula.