Would You Let a Computer Critique Your Photography?

Would You Let a Computer Critique Your Photography?

Photography and critiques seem to go hand in hand. If you've spent any time on social media you know exactly what I mean. Critiques can provide valuable insight into your work but that of course depends on the source. What if that source was a computer? Meet Keegan, the artificial intelligence photo critic that aims to be your personal photo coach.

Keegan was developed by a company called Regained which specializes in online image analysis. This French start-up has developed powerful algorithms that can identify patterns and various data in images. With the help of professional photographers they used these algorithms to create a personal online photo coach that can scan your images and provide valuable insight about color, composition, subject, and more.

Using the program is very simple. Once you are on the website you simply drag and drop the image you want to have critiqued and Keegan will rate it using a scale from 1 to 10. Not only that, Keegan will actually provide you with insight as to what you could improve in the image and how the program justifies the score it gave you.

I gave the program a whirl using a random image from a recent test shoot:

I then tried to upload a random cellphone picture that I had saved from a trip:

Is Keegan going to turn you into a gifted artist? Most likely not. Can it provide some interesting insight into your images? It is not a perfect system but it is incredibly interesting to see the critiques it comes up with and might provoke some internal thought and dialog. Is it entertaining? It sure is.

Give it a try and see what you come up with.

[via PetaPixel]

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Peter House is a commercial fashion photographer from Toronto, Canada. He shoots over 10,000 pieces of clothing every year for a variety of lookbooks. Clients range from small local boutiques to international brands such as Target, Winners, and Sears. In addition to that Peter runs one of the most popular rental studio's in the Toronto area.

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This will be fun!

7.8/10 for Leo!


Time to up your game, Annie.

Ok I'm impressed by this. Not so much that a program is patting me on the back, but that it can pick up that sort of info from an image and make suggestions.

Agreed. It's able to recognize sports images, birds, flowers, people, action - it's overall very impressive. And for the most part it's pretty accurate. It does have some bias towards tight portraits against clean backgrounds, where it doesn't account for the lighting on the face at all, but it's a great tool for comparing similar shots.

Hmmmm, its definitely got something going.


ahhh algorithms !

Ye, right... On Wolfgang Tillmans (you gotta work on your techniqe, Wolfgang!), Hiroshi Sugimoto (boring crap) and a random image of Samantha Fox (the AI obviously likes tits).

some more, just for fun...

Looks like you're doing boring stuff, Henri Cartier Bresson:

On Gursky's "99 Cent"

Random stock image of smiling woman.

Anyone who trusts an AI to critique a photo must have a brain-damage, honestly. It's not even funny, because it makes young photographers insecure about their work and leads to mediocrity.

Haha doesn't it make you question things a little bit though? What IS a "good" photo, really? Why are these great photos actually good? Are they even?

I propose a new game. Take the ugliest/worst 10/10 photo possible!

10/10 o_O
Is this picture really that good? I don't think so...

Obviously I like it! Keegan just got promoted to my best friend :)

wtf Use a tripod ;)

Seems like a solid tool...nice programming guys!!! I used some of my best shots and this tool returned what has been echoed by the response on other sites for the same shots. I also used one that has gotten little attention and I believed it to be good image....Keegan backed up my belief in the shot. Give it an 8.6. yahooooo!! :-)

You wot mate? Hahahahaha