The role of AI is being discussed more than ever in creative fields, even where we previously thought it had no application. Among the various thoughts and emotions that arise when discussing AI in the creative field, there is one that sees it as a tool – one of many that an artist can call upon. Today we’re watching a video that approaches a graphical AI tool, Midjourney, with this mindset.
Midjourney isn’t like most other AI tools that photographers use and accept as part of their workflow; it does not use AI to reduce noise, replace a sky, or facilitate skin retouching. It’s a bit more basic in terms of image creation. It generates full images with just a text prompt and allows anyone, anywhere to create fantastic images just by typing the text prompt in a chat app.
Photigy’s Alex Koloskov is here to help you on this journey of learning and discovery. It starts by walking you through how to set up your Midjourney account, then shows you how to create otherworldly imagery using text prompts. He goes on to explain how Midjourney works via Discord and how previews are refined into high-resolution output images. His sample images show how Midjourney can be used for practical photography work other than creating artistic scenes like ethereal landscapes or imaginative anthropomorphic creatures.
Midjourney includes many photographic terms, such as those used to describe lighting, lenses, apertures, field of view and more; therefore, your ability to craft a predictable outcome will be determined by how well you can describe it to the AI. Imagine that you are explaining the scene to a person who has lost their sight.
Alex explains why it’s important to him, as a commercial photographer, that his exploration be private. He explains why he decided to pay to keep his creations private. However, he promises to further explore Midjourney using the skills and perspectives of a photographer, in future videos.
So, now that you have this information, what do you think? Will AI tools like Midjourney be part of your photography toolbox? Tell us in the comments.