Alice Camera Is Hoping to Make Your Photography Almost Effortless

“A drive to embrace new technology and change,” answers data scientist and CEO of Alice Camera, Vishal Kumar, when queried about what sets Alice Camera apart from other camera companies. He found that existing mirrorless cameras were too cumbersome and decided that a shift was needed in the camera industry. This stirred up multiple ideas in his head, which eventually led to the creation of the Alice Camera. We caught up with Vishal and his team for an exclusive interview about the upcoming camera and an insight into the AI algorithm it uses to produce pictures.

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Can You Tell What Photo Is from Bokeh AI in the New Luminar AI?

Creamy backgrounds generate bokeh envy. Smartphone companies, using artificial intelligence, have been trying to whet this appetite with portrait modes. But, now a major photo editing software is joining the fray. Luminar AI, a scaled-down, beginner-friendly version of Luminar, has just announced its fourth major update. The refresh includes the addition of a major new tool — Portrait Bokeh AI, The tool, made for portraits, recognizes the subject and offers a few different sliders to control the effect.

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This A.I. Culls Photos For You — And It’s Not Half Bad: Optyx Review

Optyx A.I. Photo Manager can help speed up culls for big shoots — but don’t fall for the idea that you can be done in mere seconds.

Culling photos from a big shoot such as a  wedding is a process that typically takes hours. For me, the photo cull is a boring task that’s best tackled with Netflix and some snacks. But, can artificial intelligence turn that hours-long process into a few minutes? Optyx A.I. Photo Manager is an app that uses artificial intelligence to ease the bore of the cull. Using A.I., the app groups photos together, then searches for the sharpest one. But, mixing artificial intelligence with art is a precarious teeter-totter. Can A.I. really find your best shots?

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The Lazy Way Around the Rule of Thirds in Photography

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Technically speaking, the photo above could be awful according to the rule of thirds. When you first start out in photography, you probably center your subject. It’s inevitable. And it’s also just aesthetically the most pleasing until we start to learn more. In truth, ignorance is bliss. But you’ve probably never realized something really fascinating about the rule of thirds. However, I think that all the great photographers who came before us and shot film surely did. You’d probably even know this if you worked with early digital. The truth is that most photographers end up using the focusing points closer to the center anyway. Why? According to the rule of thirds, your subjects should more or less be just off-center. In the most basic sense, that’s the lazy way around the rule.

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Apple Could Be Getting Into the Camera Game In A Unique Way

Many have called on Apple to do more with cameras, and this will definitely be something new for them.

Apple is a company that likes to dip its hands into many different electronic markets. We all, of course, know about their smartphone empire, their computers, iPods, iPads, headphones, and even their much-speculated electric car. But what about cameras and other items that use them? Apple has been making waves with their iPhone cameras for sure, but will they ever break into another market that utilizes cameras? The answer to that is yes, apparently. News of an augmented reality headset has been floating around for a little while now. While it might not be a camera announcement we have been looking for, it’s still pretty cool. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Artificial Intelligence Is Great, but Should It Affect Photographers Fees?

AI is making our lives easier, but is it starting to muddy the waters we wade in?

Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short, has come into the photography world with a vengeance. Not long ago, AI in cameras was limited to merely tracking an object. Now, AI in our cameras can detect and track the eyes of humans and animals. Some cameras have AI that can tell what animal or object you’re tracking. AI can help you focus stack in-camera. It can help create surreal long exposures and so much more. A photographer’s job has never been easier. We ask you this question. Since we’re doing less work, should we still charge as much for our services? Let’s talk about this after the break.

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The AI Photographer and Understanding the Role of the Creative

What are the implications for our future when art becomes utterly transient and immaterial?

Recently, my wife shared a link with me; it was photography-related, so she thought it might interest me. Sure enough, I clicked—and was gobsmacked. This site certainly had everything to do with photography, but not at all in the way I had expected. The link produced a page that showed nothing but a portrait: a fairly tight headshot with an oddly blurred background, in fact. There was no caption, no text to give a name, or any kind of context. If I refreshed the page, another portrait would be served up almost instantly. Intrigued, I reloaded the page a few times and stared at perfect strangers. It did strike me that there was something odd about these images, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Little did I know it was basically an AI photographer being used to produce the images.

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Alice Camera Is Showing the Big Boys How to Drive Camera Tech Forward

An AI-Infused camera known as the Alice Camera should be a wake-up call to Canon, Nikon, Sony, and all other camera manufacturers.

It has been a while since a new camera made me tingle. The wait for a camera to do such a thing is over now. A new campaign on Indiegogo from Alice Camera is finally infusing smartphone technology into an interchangeable lens camera (ILC). If the big boys are smart, they will pay attention to this AI-infused camera. While it may not be perfect, the geniuses behind it are certainly moving photography and videography in the right direction. Find out why this new smartphone-powered camera has us in a tizzy after the break.

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Sony Looks to AI for the Future of Imaging, But Will It Be Well Received?

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AI systems are already making their way into modern cameras, and like it or not, it sounds like Sony wants to make more powerful artificial intelligence in cameras the new norm.

Over the years, since the first smartphones were released, scores of Android and iPhones have hit the streets, and the cameras they use have continued to improve. In the last couple of years, artificial intelligence has played a more significant role in smartphone cameras as physical limits are reached. So far, the help from AI has been welcomed as it allows smartphone photographers to produce results that would typically require a dedicated camera to pull off. Now, a new breakthrough from Sony shows they are about to go all-in with AI that is baked right into their new sensors. Will the race for AI supremacy be well received? What can we expect to see going forward? Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Luminar 4.2 Adds Enhanced AI Features For Composite Skies, Portraits

Skylum continues to add more AI features to its popular photo editing software with the new Luminar 4.2 update.

Skylum has been making waves since they released their AI-based photo editor, Luminar 4. It has caused something of a divide between photographers as it rides a line between being an excellent basic photo editor, and a digital content creation platform that can effortlessly alter photos and blur the lines between what is real and what is not. Whether you love it or hate it, one can’t deny the power of the software, and now the Luminar 4.2 update has added even more AI-powered features to the software. Join us after the break for all the details.

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Could AI Photography Kill Our Industry? It May Be Possible

The world is continuously worried about the influence of artificial intelligence (AI). But it could never replace photographers, right?

You should be familiar with AI; you use it every day. It’s in the store, your computer, even in your car. AI has advanced so much over the past 20 years it’s now able to do many tasks once reserved for humans. For the most part, AI has replaced low-skilled jobs. But could it replace the role of a photographer? In a recent interview with Feature Shoot, tech journalist Greg Scoblete spoke about the impact AI may have on the photography field in the future.

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Axibo is Your AI-Powered Camera Assistant for Photos and Videos

Shooting selfies and vlogs? Forget tripods — Axibo promises to be the smart, AI-powered camera assistant that will take photos and videos for you.

Just when you think you’ve seen everything AI-powered that current technology allows, something like the Axibo drops on Kickstarter. This “really, really” smart robotic camera mount can pan, tilt, and, slide your camera as its state-of-the-art AI system tracks just about anything. If automating photo and video shoots are of interest to you, this mount could be just the tool you need. With its patented motor drive technology, Axibo can move on three axes to tilt up and down, pan left and right, and slide left and right up to one meter. Despite the high torque, users don’t have to be concerned about motor sounds in recordings as it makes quiet movements. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum and epoxy-infused carbon fiber, this robotic mount is lightweight enough to carry around but also sturdy enough to support up to 20 pounds of camera equipment.

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First Impressions: Amber Personal Hybrid Cloud Storage Device

Amber by LatticeWork sets itself apart from competing for hybrid cloud storage devices with the help of Artificial Intelligence.

We discovered the Amber One and Amber Plus AI-powered hybrid cloud storage devices from LatticeWork–which are designed as personal storage clouds that can be of huge use for photographers. As far as startups go in the increasingly crowded hybrid cloud storage market space, LatticeWork has one of the more celebrated pedigrees with its founder being a former director as well as one of the co-founders of Marvell Technology Group. For those not familiar with Marvell, their technologies are crucial in powering many of today’s leading-edge computers, networking equipment, and mobile devices. With ever-increasing amounts of images and videos being captured on a daily basis by photographers, videographers, and the layperson alike, Amber aims to provide a hybrid cloud storage solution that’s simple to set up and easy to manage, while leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence to help keep everything organized.

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Canon’s Patent Application Suggests AI-Powered Camera Control System Could Take Over Photographers’ Composition

Could Canon be planning to make the camera do all the work for photographers with an AI-powered system?

AI-powered everything seems to be the hot stuff that gets anything tech-related going these days, especially photography. We’ve come to an age where AI can tell you if your photos will make you Insta-famous or colorize your old black and white photos. Canon seems to be pushing the boundaries of photography with a patent application that involves research into an AI-powered camera control system.

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Major Behance Updates Encourage Learning and Collaboration Between Creatives

Our creative journey with Behance is set to get even more collaborative and educational with some recently announced updates to the community

If you’ve been using Behance to showcase your work, collaborate with fellow creatives, or get inspired, the platform promises to give you even more opportunities to collaborate, connect, and learn. Adobe has recently announced four major updates, including an AI-powered recommendation engine and a new way to share and see behind the scenes of various creative projects.

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Shutterstock and IBM Join to Help Marketers Find Photos for Campaigns

Shutterstock and IBM partner to bridge digital marketers’ needs with the engaging, high-quality assets made by photographers and other content makers

If you’re a stock photographer with work on Shutterstock, you may soon find yourself connecting with more marketers looking for exactly the content you’re offering. Shutterstock has announced today a partnership with IBM to help marketers build engaging digital experiences through their creative platform. Beginning July 2018, customers of the IBM Watson Content Hub will be able to access millions of images, videos, and music tracks hosted by Shutterstock and find the ideal content for their needs through IBM’s Watson AI technology.

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Google Photos Colorizing Old Black and White Photos Using AI is Why Tech Can Be Terrible

Colorizing old black and white photos will soon be a task Google Photos can take using an upcoming AI-driven feature. Or will it really?

Move over photographers and photo colorists: a new AI-driven feature soon to be rolled out on Google Photos will satisfy everyone’s curiosity about what old black and white photos will look like in color. This means the next time you flip through your grandparents’ photo albums you can just snap them with your phone and Google Photos’ AI will render it in color for you.

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AI Saying We’ve Got Instagram-Worthy Photos Isn’t the Same as Making a Person’s Jaw Drop

An AI can give you a seemingly impressive breakdown of your photo’s Instagram-worthiness, but don’t expect it to be a telling critique of your work

If you’ve yet to realize your goal — or dream — of becoming an Instagram celebrity, you could be on the way by enlisting the help of a chatbot. Not your Instagram junkie friends, your photography mentor, or a social media marketing expert. All you need is some nifty artificial intelligence to tell you if your photo has the potential to make it big in terms of garnering likes and comments.

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Truefilm May Be Lightroom Mobile’s Toughest Competition Yet

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The mobile editing space is crowded. You’ve got VSCO Cam, Photoshop Express, Lightroom Mobile, Afterlight and Over among many others. It seems unlikely that a new app could make any waves, but the folks behind Truefilm are aiming for Adobe’s flagship mobile editing software, Lightroom Mobile. The Next Web supports this claim in its review of the latest update.

What sets Truefilm apart from the rest of the pack, aside from its price jump to $2.99, is its Artificial Intelligence capability. Should you decide to turn it on, it will analyze how you edit your photos and make suggestions based on that. The more you edit, the more accurate Truefilm’s AI becomes with its editing and filter suggestions.

What sets it even further apart from Lightroom is that it isn’t tied to a subscription service. You only have to buy into Truefilm once. When you bring it up in the App Store, the pesky “Offers In-App Purchases” is conspicuously absent, which is a great thing, although I’ve definitely dropped a bunch on preset packs in VSCO Cam.

We’ve downloaded the app and will test it out to see how it stacks up against the competition. So far, it looks promising.