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Photo by Verne Ho from Burst.

The Technical Revolution of Photography | Towards AI

Part one of this three-part series reviewed the 190-year history of photography and it’s technical evolution thru early digital transformation. Part two covered a range of recent technical developments in photography and computer vision.

In this final part of the series, we’ll cover some of the challenges presented by the new technology, efforts to mitigate and possible solutions, ending with thoughts on future opportunities.

Many of the technologies mentioned in part 2 present capabilities that aren’t necessarily new. Humans have been able to use software or analog methods to accomplish many of the same tasks for years. Yet the time-intensive nature of arranging pixels manually has restricted the output. But increasingly, as machines are able to perform tasks that only humans could do previously at their famously fast pace, we’re seeing a huge increase in output for both legitimate and questionable purposes. …

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Image by Thomas Staub from Pixabay. Mona Lisa speaks! See #14 below.

This three-part series about photography and imaging examines many of the recent technical and social developments. In part 1, we look at the 190-year history since photography’s invention, noting the rapid pace of change in the medium and sudden transition from film to digital and rise of The Smartphone.

In this installment, part 2, we’ll survey a number of recent technical developments in an effort to build a larger context for understanding new capabilities and consider what’s next.

The terms Computer Vision and Computational Photography are often used interchangeably. Computer vision, however, is a broader discipline covering a range of digital capture and processing techniques. It refers to the ability of computers to understand imagery, often in a similar way as people. Commonly this is achieved by characterizing the content, color, tonal values, shape or edge data. But it can also apply to other metadata such as embedded location or time data. …

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Image: Gerd Altmann, Pixabay

Photography has undergone revolution since its invention. But the rate of change has accelerated in the last few years and appears it’ll continue to do so as new tools, technology and imagination continue to mash up in new ways.

This article, a 3-part series, is a reflection on the evolution of photography and imaging, an attempt to get arms around what’s going on and where the latest (r)evolution appears to be heading with some of the challenges. It won’t be comprehensive but hopefully a decent framing of where this rocket ship is going.

The notion of whether photography is dead or dying is a rhetorical and provocative conversation starter. It likely surfaced over confusion of what photography has abruptly become and where it’s headed. Among the art community there may concern for the dilution of the craft and art form, given how everyone takes pictures with their smartphone, often very casually. In a visually saturated society, more creative and artful expressions have become harder to discover amidst the noise. The role of curator has become more important than ever. …


Ted Tuescher

A muser upon business, art and technology. Performing in product + ecommerce. Pixel buccaneer, lover and doer of photography (

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