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  • Writer's pictureKristen Kabrin

AI in Photography: Friend or Foe?

Updated: Apr 15

A mountain and lake scene in Glacier National Park.  A wooden bench sits on the shore of the lake with a granite mountain as the backdrop.
A moment for reflection

Hey there, fellow shutterbugs and nature enthusiasts! As the seasons change and the world around us bursts into bloom, I find myself pondering a topic that has been buzzing in the photography community lately: the intersection of artificial intelligence and our beloved art form.

Over the last several months while at art shows, I have been approached with the following: "Do you use AI in your photography? And is photography now dead because of it?"

It's a thought-provoking query, one that echoes back to the dawn of photography itself. When those first images appeared in the 19th century, skeptics cried, "Painting is dead!" Yet, as history has shown, painting not only survived but thrived alongside this new medium. In fact, photography sparked a creative revolution, inspiring movements like Impressionism with artists like Claude Monet, and Surrealism with visionaries like Salvador Dalí.

Remember the uproar when Photoshop hit the scene? Questions swirled about the authenticity of images, yet photography endured. Why? Because at its core, photography is about storytelling. It's about capturing moments that evoke emotion and inspire action. Similarly, the introduction of AI in photography today is not a death knell but a catalyst for innovation. Just as painters once embraced photography as a tool, we can harness AI to enhance our artistic vision. From removing distractions to enhancing colors, AI offers us new possibilities while challenging us to stay true to our creative instincts.

For me, AI serves as a motivator—a reminder to push boundaries and explore new techniques, but not as a tool within my own photography. My passion lies in telling stories through the lens of my camera, conveying the beauty and importance of the outdoors, and inspiring others to cherish and protect our natural world.

So, where do we go from here? Embrace technology, yes, but let's do so with honesty and integrity. Let's continue to tell our stories, to advocate for the preservation of our planet, and to celebrate the beauty of nature through our lenses.

As I gaze upon the natural wonders around me, I'm reminded of the power we hold as photographers—to inspire change, to ignite passion, and to leave a lasting legacy for future generations. So, fellow photographers, let's seize this moment. Let's harness the power of AI as a motivator to amplify our voices and shape the world through our art.

Together, let's capture the beauty of our planet and inspire others to cherish and protect it. After all, the greatest masterpiece is yet to be framed.

Now it's your turn to join the conversation! Share your thoughts on AI in photography. Do you embrace it as a tool for innovation, or do you believe in preserving the authenticity of traditional photography techniques? Let's discuss!

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