How AI Enhances Inclusivity & Accessibility in Photography Editing
Updated September 5, 2023.
AI photography editing involves utilizing artificial intelligence to edit and modify photos. Traditional editing, on the other hand, includes manually adjusting and editing pictures, and therefore, requires a deep understanding of the software tools you'll be using to edit those photos. With AI's automation and ability to streamline editing workflows, it's worth exploring how AI and accessibility can go hand-in-hand.
We spoke to experienced commercial and lifestyle photographer, Michaela Luyt, for her insights on AI and its ability to improve inclusivity.
How Does AI Make Art More Accessible?
AI can help with accessibility in the following ways:
- Bridges Divide Between Technical Abilities: By automating processes, AI enables a wider range of individuals, regardless of their technical abilities, to explore editing. "For example, I have five years of experience. Someone with only one year of experience could definitely benefit more from it, as it makes the process easier for them," says Michaela. It's an empowering skill set to learn, in cohesion with general editing skills.
- Condenses Technical Tasks: AI tools can assist photographers with disabilities by facilitating editing tasks, such as retouching. These tools can overcome physical limitations and allow photographers to focus on expressing their artistic vision. AI can simplify the process, making it easier by compressing multiple technical tasks into one or two, resulting in the same artistic outcome.
Diversity and Inclusion in Art With AI
With AI's functionalities that can streamline editing and break technical boundaries, there are other factors to consider when editing with AI in order to leverage its full inclusivity potential:
Creating Photos For More Diverse Audiences
I think the biggest thing about photography is that it's about your personal artistic vision. And getting diverse groups of people involved and ensuring that their needs are met improves inclusivity and accessibility.
With AI algorithms that analyze trends and preferences across various demographics, photographers can tailor their work and artistic vision to meet the preferences of various individuals and groups. This helps produce content that appeals to a wider audience.
AI technology can continuously improve its inclusivity and accessibility features to cater to the evolving needs of both creators and consumers by getting them involved in the process of development, and then regularly providing feedback loops so they can get what they want out of the editing process.
Mitigating Biases in AI to Ensure Fairer Representation
Biases can inadvertently manifest in AI-powered editing tools due to the biases presented in training data and the perspectives of developers. "I'm reading The Creativity Code, which points out the end goal of AI being to get AI to a creative level where it's producing what humans are producing—that creativity," shares Michaela.
When you have a developer, their goal is essentially going to be very different from an artist. It's getting past those biases and data sets and being able to get the creative label that you want with photography editing.
To ensure a fair representation, steps can be taken to mitigate these biases:
- Implement transparency in algorithmic decision-making in AI development teams and foster the steps taken. This will include using diverse training data.
- Get more creative minds involved to make sure that the photography editing still has creative elements in the AI.
AI and Intellectual Property
Since AI in art tends to require user input to prompt outputs, Michaela shares that those inputs are unique to the user, and therefore, can be considered intellectual property.
Make Photo Editing For All With AI
"AI enables individuals from all walks of life to engage with photography and other art forms where they otherwise wouldn't have had that opportunity. And it gives them the ability to construct their words into an art form, especially for people with a more logical mindset," explains Michaela. Therefore, it reduces technical barriers and encourages more individuals to participate in the art scene and creativity sphere. So, utilizing tools like Imagen's AI-led software is a step toward a more accessible photo editing world.