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095 – AI and the Future of Photography: A Discussion of its Uses, Advancements, and Ethics

Are you, like me, slightly concerned with how advancements in AI are effecting the photography industry? On this episode of the Nerdy Photographer Podcast, we’re diving deep into the world of AI and how it’s changing the game when it comes to photography, photo editing, and art.

AI and the Future of Photography

AI, or artificial intelligence, is quickly becoming a powerful tool in the photography world. From cameras that use AI to automatically adjust settings based on the scene, to software that can analyze photos and make editing suggestions, the possibilities are endless. But with all this new technology comes some important questions. How will AI change the way we approach photography and art? What does it mean for the role of the photographer and the artist? And perhaps most importantly, what are the ethical considerations when it comes to using AI in photography and art?

In this episode, we’ll be exploring all of these questions and more, looking at real-world examples of AI in action, and discussing the implications of this new technology for the future of photography and art.

So sit back, relax, and join us as we explore the fascinating world of AI and its impact on the photography industry. Whether you’re a photographer, artist, or just someone interested in the cutting edge of technology, this episode is sure to be a thought-provoking and informative journey.

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About My Guest

Jared Poirier is a Lifestyle & Real Estate Photographer based in Toronto, Canada. On his weekly podcast Photography Friends, he and his special guests provide tips & stories from their photography careers.

photography friends host jared

You can listen to the Photography Friends podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or just search for it on your favorite podcast platform. You can also keep up with the Photography Friends on Instagram as well.

What did you think of this conversation about AI and photography?

Have thoughts about artificial intelligence and photography? Concerned with how quickly it is advancing and the ethics surrounding it? As we mention in the episode, lawsuits against AI art platforms such as Stable Diffusion and Midjourney regarding the data sets they use to train their AI are ongoing.

Wondering when it will start taking photography jobs? Well, that has already happened! Since recording this episode, I came across several companies that offer “professional AI headshots”. That’s right, just submit twenty or so selfies and they will give you thirty to forty AI generated headshots. All for a very low price…


#stitch with @crystaldbright #greenscreen thoughts? Have we opened Pandora’s Box? I feel like this will be an option for all sorts of portrait photography within the next few years and the ability to “try on” different outfits this is going to change the game. Outside of my concern for my profession and how this tech will affect the industry, there are potential idenity issues at play. #photography #portraitphotography #prophotographer #photographytiktoks

♬ Cena Engraçada e Inusitada – HarmonicoHCO

It’s actually kind of crazy how good these are. For the moment, they are only web resolution. But how long will it be until they are fit for print?

Also, since we recorded the episode, Adobe announced their own generative AI, Firefly. I created a few pieces with it. While it’s not quite as realistic as other platforms, yet, Adobe is VERY transparent about the sourcing for the AI’s data set. Here are some images I put together with Firefly:

ai art created by adobe firefly

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