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Relighting and Color Grading with Machine Learning (martinanderson.substack.com)
49 points by Hard_Space 7 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 10 comments

I find it somewhat ironic that the creative jobs are the first ones to get the most amount of automation from AI applied to them.

This looks amazing.

I think it's at least partly related to the large range of possible "correct" values in these types of fields.

I guess it has also to do with creative people have time to play around with such things. I could a automate a lot of things at work, but I (like most others too) just have not really time for such projects beside my daily work. And I'm to old to do such side projects until late night.

We are so busy being busy that we don't have time for interesting things!

Why is that ironic? AI/ML tools empower creatives, not replace them.

Slight hijacking:

I have a DSLR and have always liked photography (the taking photos part), but I've never been interested enough to get into post-processing of images.

> Colorlab's neural network can even import a reference image, analyze and train on it, and then apply its inferred style to footage.

This is pretty much what I want, but doesn't have to be industry quality. Is there any CLI/API batchable tool with sane defaults that preferably costs less than $49/month?

A large portion of post processing in photography seem close to impossible to automate.

Typically best studio quality pictures are retouched, where a lot of eyeballing is done - touched up until no further "issues" are left.

Example of an issue resolution would be dodge and burning. It's a locally applied lightening or darkening of picture. It is used to tone map an image and apply make up, among others.

Tone mapping itself seems like a good candidate to automate, cause most often it's used to squish down high dynamic range scene into a screen quality image. It can recover details that would otherwise be overblown or underdeveloped.

Still, retoucher can selectively apply dodge and burn to guide viewers attention to main subject and away from distractions. That's near impossible to automate,the decision if it should or shouldnt be done for a particular image.

Most often than not, a good post processing (or retouch) is those actual decisions, where to apply and what kind of change. Everything else can easily be automated

I see what you're saying, and am not qualified enough to disagree, but the quote in my OP at least indicates that something can be done.

I realize this won't yield the best results everywhere, but might yield better results than nothing in most cases, which is basically what I want.

But regardless, I appreciate the thorough response.

What makes some of the scenes in Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" special is that they were shot indoors, at candle light, using special lenses that were made for NASA.


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