Skylum is releasing an AI-powered imaging app designed specifically for drones

Feb 27, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Skylum is releasing an AI-powered imaging app designed specifically for drones

Feb 27, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Skylum is no stranger to AI-powered imaging apps. Luminar and Aurora HDR both feature AI-enhanced effects to help make your post-processing life a little easier, and their Photolemur software is entirely AI-based. Now, Skylum is turning their attention towards drone photographs with a new desktop app for Windows and Mac called AirMagic.

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AirMagic looks a lot like Photolemur (and even the icons are very similar), in that it’s largely automated. Except AirMagic’s AI is optimised for images shot from the air. You simply fire up the app, drag in your drone photos and let it work its magic to transform those drone photos “from great to breathtaking”, they say.

The software is capable of detecting which drone was used to capture the image and can correct for the quirks of individual drone models. It can also identify things in scenes like the sky, haze and other elements in order to create an optimised final result.

While that final result will obviously be subject to your own tastes, if it works as well as Photolemur, then it should be very handy for those who want to quickly make their images look better than the “straight out of camera” shots their drone typically produces in order to get them up on social media in a hurry.

AirMagic is coming in spring 2019, although an exact date and pricing have not yet been announced. Skylum has said that it will become available for both Windows and Mac, though. If you want to keep updated, head on over to the Skylum website to sign up for notifications.

It would be nice to see if Skylum could bring the kind of automated AI power found in apps like AirMagic and Photolemur to mobile devices. It would save us having to take a laptop out with us if we want to quickly process images we’ve just shot to post up on social media while we’re still out.

Would you use an AI-powered app to process your drone photos, or do you prefer to have more control?

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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11 responses to “Skylum is releasing an AI-powered imaging app designed specifically for drones”

  1. Tom Dahm Avatar
    Tom Dahm

    Absolutely. Looks great

    1. Sofiia Woods Avatar
      Sofiia Woods

      Hi Tom! Thank you for your support! You can leave your email here and be the first to know all the news about AirMagic: https://skylum.com/airmagic :)

  2. John Evans Avatar
    John Evans

    I love photography, I hate post-processing.

    1. Sofiia Woods Avatar
      Sofiia Woods

      Hi John! Do you have a drone? If you do, AirMagic will be so good for you :)

  3. Ethan Hoggard Avatar
    Ethan Hoggard

    Love Luminar.

  4. Paul H Avatar
    Paul H

    Algorithms doth not an AI make. This is nothing more than marketing hype used to market their product. By their definition that would make any spreadsheet software AI.

  5. Tyler Ingram Avatar
    Tyler Ingram

    Id love it if DJI unlocked the ability for my Spark to shoot raw…but yes I like to do the processing myself….

    1. Sofiia Woods Avatar
      Sofiia Woods

      Hi Tyler! Still, I hope you will give it a try by downloading the free version when it is available! You can leave your email here and be the first to know all the news about AirMagic: https://skylum.com/airmagic

  6. Joe De Diego Avatar
    Joe De Diego

    everything is AI now, the button used to just say “automatic correction”

  7. Tim De Leij Avatar
    Tim De Leij

    Looking forward to this. I have a Mavic pro 2 drone and love to see what this software can do with my Hasselblad camera

  8. lpc879 Avatar
    lpc879

    I started using Luminar back in Nov/Dec of 2018 and love it! Enjoying Luminar brought me to Aurora HDR. Both programs I love and have been able to develop a great work flow with my photography. The Skylum Team has done a great job in assisting me when there were any issues and even pointed me to the Webinars and YouTube channel to view tutorials to help me enhance my photography!

    I have been looking to get into Drone Photography and knowing that Skylum has AirMagic coming soon, I can’t be more excited to give it a try!