The tech world has made leaps and bounds in innovating every industry, the photography world included. Most recently, it has given photographers smart and intuitive cameras and accessories that are better suited for the modern world. Artificial Intelligence, or simply, AI is one of the more thrown-around buzzwords in the industry. It has been embraced by camera makers as a new technology to power new devices. These days, even Android and Apple smartphones have AI-technology pre-installed in its cameras. In professional cameras, it has come in the form of voice activation through understanding human-speech, automatically removing red dots in photos and accessories that can detect scenes and adjust your camera’s settings for you.
Even photo editing software has implemented the technology, making the post-processing work much easier for photographers. Google has also applied machine learning to its Drive application, making it much easier to manage and organize your photos in the cloud storage system.
In many ways, AI has helped open up photography to more by taking care of the technical aspects for the users. This way, anyone can focus more on being more creative, helping them come up with more uniquely compelling photographs.
Read on to learn more about what is AI or Artificial Intelligence in photography.
Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Photography
DSLR manufacturers like Canon and Nikon are gearing up to take advantage of AI technology to produce better cameras in the future. Some cameras today have face detection and limb recognition to optimize the camera’s focus. Some have the ability to automatically identify and track subjects automatically, which makes the devices very useful for events and sports photography.
While AI-powered DSLR and SLR cameras are coming to the market, its prices are not necessarily affordable. Another option for photographers is to invest in accessories that will give their ordinary cameras smarter capabilities. One such accessory is the MIOPS Smart+ Camera Trigger, which gives any user more control over the camera’s capabilities through AI.
The AI-powered MIOPS product connects any camera to a smartphone device, while taking advantage of the smartphone’s advanced sensors. The MIOPS Smart+ brandishes itself as a device that can turn your camera into a high-speed capturing device. The trigger has seven modes, namely laser, sound, HDR, timelapse, lightning, scenario, and DIY mode. These modes can be triggered through the MIOPS smartphone application that can be downloaded online. The accessory can also be simply used as an advanced shutter release.
MIOPS Smart+ can trigger either your camera’s lens or flash, depending on how you wish to use it. By using a device like this, you can maximize your camera’s potential while also adding more functionalities to it.
How do you use AI in your photography?
AI may have democratized photography for everyone, making it accessible to anyone with a device that can capture scenes beautifully. As a photographer, you can definitely use AI-powered devices to aid in your work. Something like the MIOPS Smart+ can help in many ways: by making your workflow more efficient and timely, by adding more functions to your camera, or by simply giving you more control over when and how it captures a photo.
Here are some applications that you can try with the MIOPS Smart+ Camera Trigger:
1. Experiment with your portraiture.
Portrait photography may be the most straightforward form of photography, with you simply directing your subject before a perfectly set up camera. With a smart camera trigger, you can add more fun to your photographs. Ask your subject to move around -- strut, walk, and maybe even dance around. This will make for great photographs, because your subject is comfortable, and you will be able to capture unique movements.
If you plan on taking portraits with movement, it will be very helpful to set up your camera on a tripod, and attach the MIOPS Smart+ device to the camera. For this application, you can use the laser mode, which means that the camera will fire off every time that the laser beam’s line is broken. Because of this, advise your clients to move in its direction.
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2. Go for unique food photography.
You can make your food photography more interesting with some movement, thanks again to the MIOPS Smart+’s laser mode. Take your photos from flatlay to dramatic shots by letting the food fly and the beverages splash around! All you have to do is take some test shots to determine where to drop the subjects. All you need to ensure is the breakage of the laser’s light.
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3. Use the lightning mode.
As the name implies, the smart trigger device’s lightning mode can help you capture better lightning shots. All you need is a tripod, some patience, and the MIOPS Smart+. With these ready, you can set up the devices and tripod on a safe spot, switch to the lightning mode on your smartphone, and leave the camera. You can simply set and forget. The trigger will automatically capture the lightning strikes for you.
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4. Don’t be afraid of “collisions”.
Taking pictures of colliding objects may seem very complicated, but the MIOPS Smart+ Camera Trigger’s sound mode can help. With this mode, you can easily capture rows of bottles broken by gunshot, or popping balloons. The device’s dedicated sound sensor will automatically trigger your camera or flash when it detects a sound event.
You can experiment with this mode by setting up a DIY contraption that will explode or collide while producing sounds. Just set up your camera and the trigger, and use your smartphone to use the sound mode. You can also set it so the camera will take multiple photos after the sound event. This will give you more photos to choose from at the end of your shoot.
Cameras have always been reliable in capturing moments, even in its early days. With the genesis of AI, the cameras and its accompanying accessories and gear have definitely improved in the last few years. Devices like the MIOPS Smart+ have surprisingly made the possibilities in photography more boundless. Split-second moments that were very hard to shoot have become possible to take. More importantly, algorithms that run AI-powered devices has definitely helped budding photographers improve their work, while also helping professionals cut down on the time they need to capture and edit photographs.
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