Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA  



November 2023 - Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA


About the Image(s)

As many of you have said, I'm always trying new things and approaches to my photography. This month is no exception. This image is made by using my base image of a rusted Studebaker automobile photographed just last week in E. Central Indiana with my converted Nikon D300 and then applying Photoshop's relatively new Generative AI software to it. The original image was decent enough, but I thought I'd select the car, input "old buildings" as my AI clues, and let the software do its thing. I'm sure several of you have tried this, and thankfully it's a part of the current edition of PS and doesn't require ANY additional software. Not being a Lightroom user, I have no idea if the functionality is available on LR.

A couple of thoughts...first, if you select the subject for which you want a new background and use the lasso tool, remember to Select Inverse so the background is what AI is changing, not the subject itself (I speak from experience). There is also an immediate selection capability at the bottom of the image screen when the file is opened. It may not be as precise as your own selection. Another thought is to be sure to look at all THREE Generative AI solutions that PS gives may be more to your liking than another.
Lastly, as a member of PSA's definitions committee and also one of the authors of the AI policy for PSA, please keep in mind that for PSA-approved Exhibitions, the work I've done here on the image is NOT an allowable entry. It contains too much content from another source than the photographer. Still, I enjoy it for personal use or even for the pure artistic representation. To say that AI is a passing fad would be terribly over-simplifying...for good or bad, it's with us in so many parts of our lives today! Embrace the technology...or at least appreciate it!

PS...The Studebaker was a car made solely in South Bend, IN until the last year (Canada). This is the 1950 Studebaker Champion. All manufacturing ceased in the 60's.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Fantastic and creative use of Generative Fill to create your own art. Yes, PSA and most camera clubs don't consider it your photography and don't allow it in competitions. I agree with that, but I think it's still your art, but not your photograph. I've been using it a lot. There are a few techniques that make it work better. Using the Quick Mask tool to draw the selection and apply various opacities allows you to refine your "instructions" to the Generative Fill engine. Drawing a more precise shape of the object that you want to insert produces better-fitting AI objects. I'll be glad to do a Zoom session on AI.
Back to your image here, I like the result very much.
  Posted: 11/01/2023 14:19:44
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Thank you, horizons for us all to pursue! I see Paul Speaker is doing a webinar on AI and generative fill for the Indian group in a few weeks.   Posted: 11/04/2023 13:00:56
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
The Photoshop Virtual Summit 5 just ended yesterday. Every day they had one or two lectures that included the Generative Fill tool. I didn't have a chance to watch everything, but as a paying VIP attendee I have unlimited access to the sessions. It's all pre-recorded anyway.
  Posted: 11/04/2023 13:59:58

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
I echo Airk's remarks ... re. Generative Fill and also about your image. Fantastic piece of work. Full marks!!   Posted: 11/01/2023 23:59:05
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Many thanks, Palli. Another new horizon for us to reach...generative AI!   Posted: 11/04/2023 13:01:34

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Before reading your caption, Gary, my initial reaction was, unusual, different.
I have to admit I'm more of a traditionalist but I can understand the interest in AI, and it is certainly interesting to see.   Posted: 11/05/2023 00:56:02

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

You used the new AI technology in PS to its fullest with a nice result. I use Generative Fill only to remove objects. Lightroom does not have AI Generative Fill.

Love the old Studebaker.


Emil   Posted: 11/06/2023 11:58:22

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Gary, How clever! Its all very well having the knowledge, but knowing what to use is a skill. And you certainly have it. The tones are lovely. I really enjoy looking at it.   Posted: 11/07/2023 10:25:04

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Interesting treatment. The only thing that doesn't quite work is the reflection of the siding of the original house. Otherwise, it's quite convincing. I need to spend some time figuring out this new medium.   Posted: 11/08/2023 18:27:55

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, can't say what's cooler, the 1950 Studebaker, or the AI application to it. My first car was a Studebaker, so, my comments will be biased. The AI insertion of background is very believable and it elaborates the artistry of the image. While I can understand PSA's rules on the use of AI with a source not created by the photographer, if the program allows a background supplied by the photographer (as can be done with sky replacement), wouldn't entry of such an image be acceptable?   Posted: 11/22/2023 11:19:53