2021

Pimp your photos with Artificial Intelligence (AI)

I discovered a bunch of websites (well, five anyway, but there are definitely more out there) that allow you, for free, to upload your photos and then manipulate them using artificial intelligence/machine learning ­- whatever you want to call it. The results range from disappointing, through interesting, to wow! I will show you some of mine in the hope that it may inspire you to have a go yourself.

As a general introduction, you probably won't do better than to start at this web page.

Sites I like to use, in no particular order:

Ostagram

You need to sign up but it's painless. It's quite slow, but produces some very interesting effects. You can apply their chosen styles to your image or upload your own. You can download your modified photo. Quality is good although may need some tweaking for contrast and sharpness.

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Deep Dream Generator

 You have to create an account first. You are given 15 credits at the beginning. These renew every day and top themselves up every hour. There

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In Praise of Clouds

Computer Art 015Click for larger imageThe sky is a free slideshow you can view from any bus stop and, thinking back, I guess I have been a cloud watcher my whole life.

Since the sky often displays a huge range of brightnesses, clouds can be difficult to photograph well but it's easy enough to learn how.

Click on the Read More for an image gallery.

Cumulus clouds are particularly challenging, and unless you take care your photographs will burn out the bright cloud tops.

My top tip here is to underexpose your shot by at least two stops. Then in the software you can readjust the overall brightness while still retaining detail in the shining tops.

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