Some of the images from the American West have been surreal during the massive forest fires happening this summer. I have seen a few too many posts in social media talking about how those are fake images so I thought I would do a quick video to show how that happens. And while I do use Photoshop to explain the reason, the science behind the effect is the cause. In short, the smoke is so thick that the shorter wavelengths of light are blocked up causing only the longer red, yellow, and orange spectrum through. The result is an otherworldly experience. A little color theory and a little science and you get red skies.
I have been asked a lot recently about what I think about some of the new tools digital photographers have at their disposal. Many programs now offer “AI or machine learning” to help edit photographs. Now with the click of a few buttons, you can replace skies, change expressions, or quickly composite images together.
In today’s podcast, we talk a little about a few issues that arise when you think about the nature of computational photography and the language and words we might consider when talking about photography moving forward.