I don't like 'colourised' photos. (With AI imagery stuff)

Discussion in 'Photo Restoration' started by von Poop, Sep 12, 2014.


To 'colourise' or not to 'colourise'?

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  1. Yes. I like it.

    10 vote(s)
  2. No, it is a bad thing. Stop it.

    38 vote(s)
  3. Depends. (dithering quitters tick here :whistle: )

    13 vote(s)
  4. Don't you know theres a real world out there? Why would anyone care?

    1 vote(s)
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  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    What happened to all the foliage!?!

    I like the original.
  2. Staffsyeoman

    Staffsyeoman Member

    I shudder at colourised. Especially when the colouriser is lacking in knowledge.
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  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    There's a new dimension to this 'dicking with the photographic record', and that's AI.
    You can already generate any pic you want, and the results are increasingly seamless. (Excepting the hands... It still struggles with hands.Though I'm seeing MidJourney starting to do convincing ones.)

    Give it a few years, and no photograph will ever be trustworthy again.
    The camera never lies... Errrm.
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  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

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  5. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    Yep, the uncanny valley is soon overcome - but the last section is the steepest... o_O
    Transparent source citations and cross-referencing are becoming more important than ever.
    (And Brandolini's law will once again be impressively confirmed).
  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I appreciate the example is a triviality, but...
    These things are created by a few keywords. No artistic/processing/program skills required (give or take a bit of post-processing to tidy stuff up if needed.)
    Completely fake. Somebody typed 'Musk & Barra holding hands' or similar, waited a bit, and got nearly photorealistic results.
    We're doomed.using 'photographs' as any reliable reference.

  7. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    as far as reliability is concerned, this has been a headache practically since the beginning of photography:
    Photo Manipulation Throughout History: A Timeline
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Of course, but even into the Photoshop age it requires talent, care, and time to produce. With the results often being somewhat questionable.
    The AI things: no talent, keywords, very little time.

    There's various ways you can inspect digital images for manipulation, from suspicious exif to apps that inspect the file more deeply.
    That changes a tad with AI stuff.
    There's no reason the final file shouldn't be 'made' in exactly the way a camera does it, without any markers of manipulation.

    I wonder if we'll be using AI chatbots to identify AI images...
    Deary me. :unsure:
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  9. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    Do I really have to be the optimist here? Oh dear :D
    It also takes a certain talent to know how to skillfully place a fake. And that, again, is in a whole other league.
    We are currently witnessing in real time how factors like OSINT + "nerdism" + group dynamics work in a networked environment in this regard....
    In any case, I'm very excited to see where this all leads.
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  10. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    Big surprise, for me, has been when it chooses to affix text on to an image it is invariably gobbledegook, and something that a simple spell checker within the AI, or some sort of hard and fast command "not to change text" could sort out.

    Elements within these pictures can look oddly familiar, but overall it works best at producing "jokes" - I expect April 1st to be full of people's "discoveries" of remarkable "new" pics.


    Screenshot_20230327-152921_Samsung Internet.jpg
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  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    That is odd.
    Though like many artists, the AIs had trouble with hands until the last few months, so I'm sure they'll sort it.

    Scope for political scandals, blackmails, etc. dwindles.
    Once these things are perfected,
    I shall simply accuse AI when damning photos come to light.
  12. ltdan

    ltdan Nietenzähler

    Adios "it's photoshopped!", Hello "It's AI!"
    Yes, times are changing....:cool:
  13. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  14. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Even though apparently nigh-on perfect AI images are available, it doesn't seem to stop congenital idiots from thinking that they can colourise at the press of a button.

    I know for a fact that this motorcycle left the factory painted in Khaki Green No.3. It has the original factory-painted serial number. It hasn't been repainted. I'm pretty sure that they're wearing army battledress. So what does Captain Colouriser do ? As our old friend Roger Waters once wrote. "It fills me with the urge to defecate".

    Indian horrible colour.png

    "Look over there. A bunch of multi-coloured ponces !"

    A 1941 C4401611 b (2).jpg
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  15. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    A truly classic example of taking an excellent contemporary shot, and robbing it of any and all quality or 'feel'.
    Though they have managed to recreate that faded illustrative style of the Ladybird books.... Unintentionally, but they have.
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  16. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

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