Will human photographers be obsolete?

February 24, 2017  •  1 Comment

I'm reading Average is Over by Tyler Cowen which discusses how Artificial Intelligence (AI) impacts today's (and in the future) workplace and society.  Then I noticed the launch of the StyleShoots Live “smart studio.” From their post, "...a new machine that can capture video footage and stills without a camera crew by using a robotic camera setup."

Will photographers add enough value to the machines to remain useful? I think in my lifetime, yes. Not as sure 15 years down the road.

Evaluating in real time if hair looks better down, back, one side back or not, in a ponytail, or bun, etc. is quite subjective so I’m not sure machines will easily master judging that and if they do, what is the best way to convert instructions to the person. It that stray hair distracting or a nice human look?

So many small details, like the subtle angel of a chin up or down and side to side and the smile in people’s eyes. Eyes can be shaped just right, not too open, not squinted and still not have “life.”

So many subjective judgements to a great headshot or portrait. I predict us human photographers are safe for another 10 – 15 years. 

StyleShootsCan human headshot photographers avoid obsolescence?

 


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1.Bruno(non-registered)
Yes human photographers will be obselete for any sort of static photography for static objects and subjects in the future. However for any sort of commercial photography where businesses are vetting on the dynamic range of human emotions to make a sale, we human photographers will be around for the long haul throughout human existence.
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