We have all heard the term AI (Artificial Intelligence) it seems AI has infiltrated almost every aspect of our lives.
Coming from the "Baby Boomer" generation, I can remember watching the movie "2001 Space Odyssey" with the artificial intelligence computer "AL" pretty much running the whole ship.
And here we are today, with Artificial Intelligence pretty much controlling the world.
I won't go into a diatribe about AI except to talk about how AI has influenced my photography.
My big mistake was deciding to do a Google search (top ten photo editors) one day.
Well that opened a real Pandora's Box!!
Had to try out each and every one of them because they had a free trial period, why the heck not?
Editors like, Photoshop, Lightroom, Nik Collection, Affinity Photo, Exposure and the list goes on.
The one common thread with these photo editors for me was the steep learning curve, and trying to learn how they worked consumed a lot of my time.
Don't get me wrong, I had liked quite a few of the more popular photo editors (actually all of them) but it started to make me crazy with all the choices and before you know it I was losing it
I was becoming quite frustrated with this whole post processing thing.
So I kept looking ..
My goal was to hopefully find a photo editor that was easy to learn, easy to use, and the ability to be creative.
It was last year around October that I discovered a company called Skylum.
They had a photo editor called Luminar 4, it was the first time I heard the term AI used with photography post processing.
What I really liked about L4 was the ease of the whole photo editing process.
Artificial Intelligence was incorporated into the editing program with the sole purpose of helping expedite the post processing, to make make it easy for those who did not want to spend hours editing images.
L4 to me was what I was looking for, it was fairly easy to learn, and I was very happy with the results I was getting with my post processing.
Then came the announcement from Skylum about Luminar AI.
Holy Cow, did I get excited about that, I was all in and waited with much anticipation of the release of Luminar AI in December of 2020.
The above picture I used AI to place the sun in the clouds
In the meantime during this time, for some unknown reason Luminar 4 started to crash on me. I had just purchased my new HP Desktop and let's just say my enthusiasm started to wane for L4.
After doing some research and reading posts on FB groups I found out there were computer specifications with L4 and LAI.
I had downloaded several memory eating programs on my PC which had an effect on the performance of L4 on my PC.
So I decided to upgrade my PC and would not download LAI until I had more power under the hood.
The kicker was that Covid had and still is effecting everything that has to do with shipping and my computer guy told me it would be months until my order would arrive.
Finally yesterday I received a text that my order had arrived, off I drove straight into town to get my PC upgraded.
A quick upgrade, then headed back home to download LAI
The images below are my first attempts at using LAI without any tutorials.
The above image was changed to a black and white. In the original image there are water storage tanks in the lower right corner.
Artificial Intelligence removed them with a brush tool that was quick and easy.
I decided to experiment using a Smart Photo Editor processed image and re-edit it with LAI just to see what I could create.
Luminar Artificial Intelligence Photo Editor is exactly what I was looking for, LAI meets my specific needs for quick, yet amazing edits with unlimited creation potential.
My PC is handling L4 and LAI with no issues, I am happy to say.
Yes, I have other photo editors which will give me absolutely amazing images as well. It's just taking me longer to feel comfortable getting behind the wheel of those other more (let's say challenging) photo editors.
Back in my junior year of high school learning the basics of photography 101, I have to say it was a lot of fun developing film in a dark room. So much has changed since those days.
I would never have imagined that AL from 2001 Space Odyssey would be helping me with my photography today.