As time has passed, the modern camera has received incredible advances in cost and scaling.
Memory cards cost next to nothing and hold thousands of photos; a decade ago, there was hardly such thing as a 12-megapixel camera on the market, but now I have a 12- megapixel camera in my phone.
That being said, would I trust my wedding photos to be taken from an iPhone?
No, I would want something of a higher quality and would hire a professional photographer, so that the images would be sharp with a high pixel count, and the fridge magnets I sent out would look great.
However, the status quo may be changing once again.
EVERYBODY!!! There’s a website called https://t.co/9IUGpoCZSH which basically applies AI to an image and can zoom in at higher resolutions than the original image. THIS ALGO BASICALLY ADDS IN DETAILS TO THE PICTURE THAT WEREN’T THERE ORIGINALLY
— pat 🌎 (@PatConrey) February 12, 2018
Let’s Enhance is a free, online image upscale and enhancement that uses neural networks to increase image resolution and quality.
Picture quality is now being added to photos—yes, after a photo has been captured. AI algorithms trained through neural networks are learning how brick, skin or hair appears, and can artificially generate data that did not exist priorly.
“Let’s Enhance uses cutting-edge Image Super Resolution technology based on Deep Convolutional Neural Networks. Before appearance of this technology it was impossible to dramatically increase photo or image size without losing quality.
“Those of you on the math side of the things could argue – however you increase image resolution – there is no new information about the image – you just can’t add extra quality! This is not true in a case when Neural Network and AI is used.” – letsenhance.io
They offer two types of algorithms/filters, Boring & Magic:
- Boring works best with illustrations, art, logos, etc. Colours, details and edges are kept sharp while enlarging.
- Magic “hallucinates” additional details, therefore it is perfect for photos and complex pictures.
All you have to do is drag a photo onto their website and pick an algorithm to see it in action.
Also, it is completely free.
Maybe in the coming years, it will “hallucinate” an artificially-generated vacation of my family in Hawaii.