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Hawaii Big Island – Tree of Life – Should we use AI or stay with traditional photo editing methods?

Updated: Apr 2, 2023

Hawaii Big Island - Tree of Life
Hawaii Big Island – Tree of Life - Copyright © 2023 - Slav Moskalets

As a beginner photographer about 10 years ago, I had the opportunity to capture an incredible image of a tree surrounded by dark lava on the Big Island of Hawaii. When I recently edited my old photos, I chose not to use AI, but traditional photo editing techniques. This decision was based on my personal preference and artistic vision for the image.

Today, many photographers use AI tools and software to enhance their images. These tools can deliver incredible results such as enhancing colors and details, removing unwanted objects, and even adding or removing people from the scene. But there is often concern that artificial intelligence is taking over the creative process and will soon completely replace traditional photography.

While it's true that AI tools are becoming more advanced and easier to use, they're not something to be afraid of. In fact, traditional photography has always used various tools and techniques to alter images. For example, photographers have been using filters for decades, adjusting exposure and contrast, and even manually retouching images.

There is also no "right" way to edit photos. Each photographer has their own unique style and approach that makes photography such a diverse and interesting art form. Some photographers may prefer the precision and control of AI tools, while others may prefer the more organic and intuitive process of traditional editing.

In my case, I chose to edit my images using traditional editing techniques. I adjusted the exposure and contrast to bring out the wood and stone details and added a subtle vignette to draw the viewer's attention to the center of the image. These techniques allow me to create the look and feel I want for the final image.

In conclusion, photographers should not be afraid to use artificial intelligence as an art form. While traditional editing techniques will always have their place in photography, there's no reason to shy away from AI tools when they can help bring your creative vision to life. The most important thing is to experiment and find the tools and techniques that work best for your unique style and approach.


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