The advancement of AI in photography and videography spheres has come more rapidly than many people are comfortable with. But there's one issue that hasn't been discussed that could have major repercussions for the industry.
Along my photography journey, I always recognized that editing was equally, if not more important than actually taking photographs. To that end, I spent a lot more time honing my skills in front of a computer than I did behind a camera. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love photography, and nothing gives me more joy than getting out in nature with just me, my gear, and the landscape in front of me. That said, I always felt that post-production was really where I could separate myself from the masses, so that's how I tried to keep ahead of the pack. Turns out it was a forlorn task, as the evolution of AI has quickly overtaken me. A lot has been made of how AI is disrupting the industry, but one topic has not been examined yet, and it's one that could have major ramifications.
That brings us to this great video by Taylor Jackson, in which he discusses the issue at hand: that AI has become so sophisticated and realistic that beginner photographers thinking about buying their first cameras could be so intimidated by the quality of AI and its possibilities that they don't bother purchasing gear or starting their journeys. It makes sense when you think about what you can already do with AI programs like Midjourney, for example. If Jackson is correct in his thinking, then this could have a massive impact on sales for the big makers like Canon and Sony. What do you think? Have you tried AI yet? Let me know in the comments below.