Lightroom preset maker DVLOP and photo educators SLR Lounge have launched a new take on AI photo editing with their project called Impossible Things. Entering the relatively new, yet increasingly competitive world of AI photo editing, Impossible Things promises to be the fastest and easiest AI photo editor.
But from their press release, we see some key features that make Impossible Things a compelling option within the AI-editing space. Here are the key features we found most interesting:
- Impossible Things operates 100% in Lightroom Classic natively, so it’s quick to integrate into an existing workflow since you’re not leaving Lightroom. This is a big one, since many of the other options require exporting catalogs or XMPs or re-importing of settings.
- With a subscription, Impossible Things works with all of the user’s existing Lightroom Presets to adapt “38+ slider predictions” to any scene and/or lighting condition you’re shooting in. This means if you’ve purchased presets or you’ve created your own, you can use them in conjunction with their AI. So far, we don’t know of any other AI editor that can do this.
- Impossible Things also allows users to custom-tune their results. So, not only can you use their AI, but you can train it on the fly (within Lightroom Classic) to fit your specific taste. Again, this is the first AI editor that has such a feature.
These three features alone could be a huge advantage for photographers who don’t want to launch a separate program or spend time training an AI to match their look.
Images by Jose Villa
Impossible Things also claims to process photos with better accuracy. Their AI is trained with "over a million DNGs, 200 unique camera models, and 300 different lenses” to minimize differences between camera brands and lenses. They also trained their system with “Lighting Condition Based Development (LCBD),” a patent-pending editing process developed by Pye Jirsa to edit based on the most common lighting scenarios for photographers.
Other Notable Features
In addition to the features listed above, here are a few others mentioned on their website and press release:
Intelligence Slider: Within the Custom Tuning section is an “Intelligence Slider.” This slider lets users determine how much influence they want the AI predictive model to have over preset selections. At zero, the preset stays static, with the AI only predicting exposure, temperature, and tint. Level 100 uses the full predictive capacity to make 38 separate slider predictions.
Screenshot of the Intelligence slider and Custom Tuning
Cloud-tuned Artist Profiles: The AI works with all DVLOP presets, such as the ones created by Jose Villa, India Earl, Two Mann Studios, and other influential photographers. Per their website: ”adjustments are tunable from the cloud, which gives the preset designer the freedom to continually tune and refine/evolve the preset as needed.”
If this works as advertised, it would be like having TwoMann or Jose Villa’s editor editing your photos.
Screenshot of the Impossible Things artists
Adaptive Noise Reduction: The AI takes into account both the in-camera ISO settings and the predicted exposure compensation to predict the best level of noise reduction settings on an image-to-image basis.
Adaptive Lens Correction: The AI can correct for lens distortions as well as over- or under-vignetting caused by the profile itself.
AI Enhancement and Retouching: Impossible Things has also built in Adobe’s latest AI selection features to allow the plugin to automatically enhance and retouch your portraits during the edit process.
For more details and features, you can browse their Under the Hood article.
For more information on how it works, see this full demonstration video by wedding photographer and educator Taylor Jackson.
Pricing and Conclusion
Photographers can try out the AI with a free 500 edit credits on their website. After the trial, users will need to pay per image or choose from three different subscription plans ranging from $0.04 per image to $0.06 per image. So, with some basic math, you could do a 100-image portrait session for $4-$6 or a 1,000-image wedding for $40-60.
We can’t yet render an opinion on how the software works, but their claims are incredible. If this software can perform as well as what it shows on paper, it’s going to change the way photographers edit.
We’ll have more for you all soon, but in the meantime, what are your thoughts? Are you all excited for where AI is pushing photography?