912 The Locksmith’s Paradox

What do locksmiths have to do with photography? How about expoplanets? Find out on today’s episode.

(Episode artwork: DALL-E 2)

Topics:

  • [TOOL] SD Recovery : An amazing look at the technology that is used in data recovery to read a broken SD card.
  • [SPACE, PHOTO] Finding Exo Planets : Finding exoplanets has everything to do with the tech that we have in our cameras. The methods used to find if a star millions or billions of light years away has a habitable planet orbiting around it, use camera sensors to measure differences in brightness, motion and to measure changes in the spectrum of light coming from that star. And it’s fascinating.
  • [PHOTO] The Locksmith’s Paradox : There’s this paradox in which your work gets valued less the more experience you have. You can see that in photography every day.
  • [PHOTO, AI] The Stock Problem : An article headline at a big publication is hardly ever chosen by the person who wrote the article, but by someone (or by an A.I.) who specializes on maximizing clicks. We see the same issue with stock photos that are served in social media posts.

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909 Generator Chris

Chris has now received the magical tool to generate photography out of thin air. But OpenAi’s DALL-E 2 is turning out to be quite a learning curve that is very different from actual photography.

Topics:

  • [PHOTO, AI] I’m a Generator : I finally got access to DALL-E 2, OpenAi’s image generator. And boy is it fun. I’m slowly building new neural pathways trying to come up with good prompts. Making progress. Weird is cool. Regular is hard. Faces are difficult. And sometimes they come out weird. I’ll talk about face fixers another time.
  • [AI, PHOTO] Re-Learning Skills : The way my art brain works makes it surprisingly difficult to come up with prompts that create something good. Seems a new tool isn’t the be-all end-all. Who would’ve though after several decades of photography… oh well. It’s a mix of learning a new tool and changing my brain structure to think differently about photography.
  • [AI] Semantic Segmentation : Scientists are working on algorithms to assign a label to every pixel in the world, without human supervision. How does that affect photography? Guess what. Your smartphone does exactly that.
  • [PHOTO, AI] Cosmopolitan cover : Image Generators are going mainstream. This issue of Cosmopolitan has a DALL-E-2-generated cover.
  • [PHOTO, AI] Behind the Cosmopolitan Cover : Here’s the story of how the Cosmopolitan cover came to be. Turns out tools like DALL-E 2 do require quite some babysitting to produce the desired results.
  • [WORKSHOPS] Road Trip : Chris is thinking about a 10-day Eastern-Europe Photo Road Trip. Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Transylvania. Small groups (3 max) in a zippy EV. Any takers? Share your feedback!

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908 AI in Photography


AI is going to enrich our lives and at the same time it’ll pull the rug out from under some people’s legs. Let’s explore things.

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Topics:

  • [PHOTO, AI] AI in Photography : What will the AI revolution do to your photography? Will it enrich your way to work or will it put you out of work?
  • [TOOL] Photopea : A surprisingly well-features browser-based photo editor.
  • [SPACE] Kineto Tracking Mount : Find out how SpaceX and others track their rockets in flight with 10,000 mm lenses.

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