Having seen some beautiful pieces created online I understand the controversy. Rather than be lumped with fine art, I agree with those that have expressed the thought that it needs a category of its own. However, I am quite fascinated by some of the work I have seen and the dedication, vision, and skill to create it. I know I don't have the patience.
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Would be interesting to know what the specific entry requirements were for the digital art/digitally-manipulated photography category. Ai/computer generated art should be in a separate category. The next controversy will be over exactly what is ai/computer generated art.
I think this is interesting, Helen. Thanks for sharing it! This kind of controversy happens every time there are advances in technology. Film cameras > digital cameras. Darkroom > Photoshop/digital darkroom. It goes much farther back than horse-and-buggy > cars!
Innovation is always suspect. (But it sure is cool!!!)
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I enjoyed listening to his views and take on the AI industry and how he uses it for ideas for his own purposes. The comments are mainly positive about where AI is going, and the fact that it's not going to go away anytime soon, but will only get more intuitive as it evolves. Sometimes the results are really incredible, sometimes not, and if you have the unlimited subscription then you can keep regenerating the image until you get what you think you want, knowing how all the prompts work is a minefield and those who are dedicated to learning them usually get better results. I'm quite content to play and experiment with the little knowledge I know, but I will always never claim any images as my own work because quite clearly they are not.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jacki. I enjoy seeing what others have created and realize it takes a lot of time and commitment to learning the process. I will continue to follow posts similar to Blake's......photographers who have often shared their photography editing techniques. It will be interesting to see how this evolves.
When he was talking about the Nature contests my thought was that I'd like to see pontiac1940 submit some of his bird photos!
Helen, Blake is very reasonable and doesn't dismiss new things just because they've not been done before. I love his thoughtfulness in commenting about the newest form of art. And you're right--the comments from others were really interesting.
As for those bird (and landscape) contests, he's right. They are nothing but money makers for the people running them. They give a pittance in prizes while making a bundle of money from the entries. They really border on being scams. ESPECIALLY since they claim all rights to the photos that are entered, leaving the photographers without the ability to make money from their own work.