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.