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CAN ROBOTS EDIT PHOTOS?! – Artificial Intelligence Photo Editing

October 2, 2019


– What is up people, Dunna here. And today we’re gonna try and be as lazy as humanly possible. Sounds pretty good, right? (intense modern music plays) Recently someone reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try this piece of software called Gemia. Maybe it’s Gem-ia. Aunt Jem-ee-ma. I’m not sure how to pronounce it. But essentially, this software is designed to use artificial intelligence
to edit your photos for you. Which means no more fiddling
around in Lightroom. Provided that this actually
works as it promises. Now, I’m a bit of a
control freak so typically I like being in Lightroom and
having all those little pieces that I can move around and decide what’s gonna happen with it. But I thought you know what, it would be a really cool experiment to see what would happen if I took some of my photos and saw how this artificial intelligence
decided to edit them. So I’ve got eight photos
up here in Lightroom and I’ve done kind of a regular edit, nothing too special to them. And we’re gonna take
those same eight photos and put them over into Gemia, put them into the software, and see how it chooses and kind of compare the differences. It’s time to find out
if we, as photo editors, can be replaced by robots. Let’s do it! So like I said, I’ve got
eight photos up here. And I tried to put a
little bit of variation in the ones that I
chose so that we can see how it handles different types of photos. Now once you download
Gimea, it’s really simple. It’s gonna pop up in the
middle of the screen here, and you just browse images. Now right off the bat,
something that I was worried about is that it wouldn’t be
able to handle raw images, but everything’s raw here
and it handles it just fine. So let’s grab that
picture of myself first. And it takes a second to process. I can already hear my
laptop fan going crazy because I’ve got both
Lightroom and this program up, plus I’m screen recording. It says, detecting
objects, analyzing photos, correcting defects, doing magic. I like that its doing magic. So this is the raw photo, you can see that I was
using a prism at the time, so I got some funky stuff
happening on the right side. And then this is what
it did with the edit. And then if we were to
compare that to my edit, obviously I went a
little crazy with my edit compared to what they did. I made it a lot warmer. And on the right hand side,
you’ve got a couple of options. You can retouch the skin,
which intelligently chooses if there are any blemishes
and that kind of stuff and gets rid of them. And then you’ve got basically filters you can put it through. So, I have a funny feeling like this one will be the closest to
what my original edit was. It does a little bit of processing again, and then we’ve got our photo. Eh, it’s okay. You can definitely see some abnormalities, and you don’t have any
control, as far as I can tell, to push it any further or to do anything more creative with it. At the very top here, you have
the ability to dial it back, to kind of play with how
much of the effect you get. And let’s see what happens
if I retouch the skin. It’s thinking. Yeah, it definitely got
rid of my little moles that I have on my face, or freckles or whatever you wanna call those. Smooth things out a little bit. Okay, okay. I don’t know that this
was a perfect example of what it’s capable of,
but let’s try another one. Let’s add one here. No? Open. Okay, so it’s processing. This is where you get
to have a sip of coffee. Okay, so before… And after the basic processing. So mostly, it seems to have just added a bunch of contrast, which
I don’t necessarily mind. Let’s see what happens
if I hit skin retouch, considering that our subject
is facing the other way. I assume that when it uses
the “artificial intelligence” to decide where to retouch
skin and that kind of stuff, it’s probably looking for faces. So the fact that Megan
is turned the other way, I don’t know if it would
be able to detect it. You can turn this on and off, but it doesn’t seem to have done much. And now if we compare that to my edit. Again, I went a lot more like warm, it was a nice, bright day out. I wanted to kinda show that
the sun was nice and warm. And I also went with a lot less contrast and kind of a more faded look, which is just kind of
the style that I like. Now let’s pick one of these
guys and see what it looks like. Onyx sounds nice. Okay, a little black and white action. Let’s try Pyrite. Pirate? You can see some kind
of weird stuff happening in the colors because of the filter that we’re putting on top of it. On this right side, these
filters that they have kinda seem like they’re
basically like Instagram filters. Alright, let’s grab the rest of these. Pretty sure I can open
multiple at the same time. So this one being a landscape,
hopefully it would treat it a little bit differently
because obviously there’s no skin in this one, so. Little bit glitchy, it
won’t actually let me push all the way to see the entire image. Unless I make it smaller on the screen. Oh and now I can’t get at it. Now again, it’s added a pile of contrast. It did do some stuff with
the blues in the sky. Let’s try Agate and see if that does anything cool to this photo. And that sky is like so intense. It’s not bad without the filter on it, but I am glad that they have
it in two different stages. There’s kind of like the
correction, where it sets your contrast and those kinds of things, and your white balance. And it tries to fix for different objects. But then also that you can
do the filter stuff after. So it’s kind of like the way
that I color grade video. Where you do the color correction,
and then the color grade. Now if we look at how I did this one, again, mine’s a lot more kinda faded and it’s got that kind of
vintage fade look to it. I made my blues a little
bit more teal than they had and I didn’t try to bring
back so much of the sky. ‘Cause I find that just looks… it’s a little too much for me. For example, I would still
want to edit this photo after. As far as like, cleaning things up and getting things looking half decent, it does a decent job. Let’s try the big sky, here. That’s the original,
that’s how I edited it. Edit-ed-ed-ed it? And then if we hope over to Gemia, again the original, and here’s what they did. It’s not really even that far off of what I did with the photo. I think they did a little
bit more de-hazing. You can tell again,
that there’s a lot more kind of contrasty sections in there. Maybe bumped up the
sharpness a little bit. And again, I made my blues
a little bit more teal, they kept them blue. See what happens if we go Emerald. Now our blues are teal, but
also so is everything else. It would be cool if they
would have these filters and then allow you to just
dial in just the filter. But when you add the filter to it, when you dial this back, it’s dialing back not just to the corrected version, but all the way to the raw version. Let’s try a puppy here. So that’s before, that’s after. I think it did a pretty
good job of that one. There’s not a whole lot to do, just a little bit of contrast, theirs is a little bit
brighter than mine was. I actually might like their
edit better on this one than I did on my own. So here’s a photo of Connor, wearing the new Resonate merchandise. And here’s what they did with it. So there’s the raw again, here’s the fixed, and now
let’s hit that skin retouch and see what it does. Hey, so that’s pretty cool. It did a really nice job of cleaning up just some of the kind of
blemishes and stuff on his skin. I had done that in Lightroom. Again, I like to go a little bit warmer. We had that outdoor kind of look, I wanted it to be that way. It would be really cool
within this program, if you could actually do some
of that stuff afterwards. So you’re like, basic correction,
and then you can be like, okay, well I want it a little bit warmer, those kinds of things,
the way that you can in Lightroom, hit the auto
button and then adjust from there if you want to. So overall, I think that this
was kind of a cool experiment to see if artificial intelligence,
if robots essentially, can replace me as an editor. I don’t really think that
that’s what’s happening here. But it is nice to just get
something done real quick. Let’s say I had a whole bunch of photos that I just needed the
corrections done real quick, you could slam them into Gemia, or Gi-my-a, or Jemima, or whatever it is. Personally, I don’t think this is for me. But if you’re the kind of
person who really likes to take photos and really
wants something kinda edited but you don’t like to go
through the editing process, this could be really cool, and as far as I can tell,
it’s really affordable. I think it’s only like 30
dollars or something like that. You can do it either
online, which can be handy if you travel a lot, or you
can do it from the program that you download to
either your MAC or PC. I’ll leave a link in the description if this is something that interests you. And as always, I wanna hear from you guys. Let me know in the
comments what you thought of this program that
allows you to essentially use a robot to do your editing for you. Thank you so much for watching and I’ll see you next time. (modern music plays)

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