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Have you noticed lately how talented everyone you know is at taking pictures? There used to be skill involved in photography, but thanks to the Artificial intelligence (AI) in your smartphone’s camera everyone can be
. But just how does that technology work to reduce the blur from your shaking hands or fix the lighting when you are taking photos in dark places?
Artificial Intelligence Mimics Human Sight
In our brains there are all kinds of things happening to ensure we can see clearly. Our brains filter out tiny movements and adjust the processing of the images so that they appear focused and make sense. But when you have a normal camera in your shaky hands those images often come out blurred. Artificial intelligence algorithms within your smartphone camera can adjust for your shaking hands, but that’s not all. It can also adjust for poor lighting conditions, including darkness, it can change scene modes according to what you’re taking a picture of, and it can detect faces and ensure eyes are open and people are smiling.
Artificial intelligence can also take multiple photos within a few milliseconds and stitch together the best parts of each photo for one really excellent composite photo. High dynamic range combines the best elements of three photos, while Top Shot actually takes a short video and combines the best elements into one photo.
In addition to these features, your smartphone camera can blur the background in a portrait, smooth your wrinkles, hide your blemishes, and more. 42% of Americans choose Portrait Mode, which combines background blur with beautification for the perfect selfie every time.
You Can Hack Your Smartphone Camera
In addition to the AI in your smartphone camera, you can also download additional apps that can take your smartphone photography to the next level. There are apps that allow you to retouch your photos manually, apps that allow you to take photos in the style of old-school films like Agfa and Fuji, apps that can give you manual control over your smartphone camera, and more. There are even add-ons that can turn your smartphone camera into a Hasselblad.
There are also apps that can further enhance your smartphone photos and videos:
- Prisma makes your photos looks like paintings
- FaceApp lets you edit your selfies to make yourself look older and younger and more
- Adobe Photoshop Camera app allows you to make simple changes like swapping out a background
- Doublicat lets you put your face into popular memes
- Polaroid Lab lets you print your phone photos on Polaroid paper
- Switcher lets you edit videos and cast across multiple devices
- FilmoraGo helps you edit your videos to upload to YouTube and Instagram
- Trash app edits your video into seamless content
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Photo/Video Studio
You no longer need to have an expensive camera to do expensive camera things. If you want to shoot video, an app and a Gimbal with a microphone on it will do everything you need, and you can get a pretty decent setup for a little over $100. Ring lights can run you $5-20 for an entry-level model, and that can give you plenty of soft lighting for photos and videos, and oftentimes you can find these as giveaways at conferences. Add-on lenses can help you take micro, macro, and fisheye photos and are relatively inexpensive.
When you choose your next smartphone, how important is the camera inside? Learn more about
and all the apps and add-ons that can turn you into a professional photographer from the infographic below. Are you ready to become the next Ansel Adams?