Jul 25, 2017

Google’s AI is Teaching Itself Photography and It’s Getting Pretty Good

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A new research paper by Google researchers Hui Fang and Meng Zhang has outlined their attempt to teach Google’s AI how to take aesthetically pleasing photos.

Creatism: A deep-learning photographer capable of creating professional work are the researchers attempt to apply machine learning to the creative process.

 

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The first step was to define different aesthetic aspects of photography like composition, saturation and detail. They then analyzed 15,000 high-ranking photo thumbnails from 500px.com so the neural network could begin to understand which cropping and lighting effects were the most popular.

 

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The next step was to unleash the machine on Google Street View and let it take snapshots of scenic locations and crop and light the results accordingly.

 

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The final step was to administer a “Turing-test”-like experiment to objectively measure the quality of its creations. To do this the researchers asked six professional photographers—all of whom had at least a bachelor’s degree in photography and two years of professional photo experience—to independently evaluate the photos.

Each photo was ranked 1-4, where 1 indicated a beginner-level photo with little artistic merit and 4 indicated a professional photo. None of the photographers knew that any of the photos had been generated by a machine. [Source: Motherboard]

 

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Of the 173 photos evaluated, 41% were ranked at or above a semi-pro level (3 or greater), and 13% of the photos scored at or above 3.5. In comparison, 45% of actual professional photos received a score of 3.5 or higher. [source]

 

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You can find all 256 photos and the original Google Map Street View locations on GitHub. You can read “Creatism: A deep-learning photographer capable of creating professional work” at arXiv.org.

[h/t/ Motherboard]

 

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