There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence is becoming more and more used in photography and photo editing. But can in compensate for cheap and not so great gear? More specifically, can AI help you get sharp photos even with a soft lens? In this video, Anthony Morganti addresses this question and shows you how to sharpen your images even if your lens is not the sharpest there is.
Anthony was inspired by an email he got from one of his followers. She explained that she uses a 75-300mm lens with her MFT Olympus camera because it’s lightweight enough and she hikes a lot. It’s also pretty cheap, unlike the 300mm prime. However, it is a bit soft, but this photographer uses Topaz Labs’ Sharpen AI to give her photos an extra kick and make them appear as they were taken with a sharper lens. Judging from Anthony’s test, you can indeed enhance your photos enough to make them look sharper and keep the results natural.
Now, AI is not magical and it won’t magically turn your $100 kit lens into a $2,000 glass. However, it can compensate by making your cheap lenses appear to be better than they actually are? It can be a great solution if you’re on a tight budget, if you’re just starting out, or if you simply want to pack light and only bring a kit lens.
have you used Sharpen AI or any similar software to sharpen your images? Do you think it can compensate for cheaper and softer lenses?