Lightroom's AI Leap πŸ“Έ, Battling Deepfakes 🎭, Gen Z vs Digital Cameras 🀳

Lightroom 2024 blurs the line with AI. Dive into today's Frame Lens!

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Is Lightroom 2024 a game changer in photo editing? Explore its newest feature that's blurring the lines with your camera. Read on...

In today's rundown:

  • πŸ“Έ Lightroom 2024's new features

  • 🎭 Senators introduce "NO FAKES Act"

  • πŸ“± Gen Z's struggles with digital cameras

  • πŸ’° Freepik acquires troubled EyeEm

  • πŸ›‘οΈ Google's legal shield for AI users

Read time: 3 minutes

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Adobe's Lightroom 2024 has made significant strides with an array of new, mostly AI-powered features. Despite past criticisms about its user experience, it's clear that Lightroom is catching up to its peers, offering tools that are not just innovative but also handy for photographers. One standout feature is the addition of post-production background blurring, a tool once solely associated with mobile phones but now rightfully recognized for its utility in dedicated cameras.

The background blurring function has evolved from a mimicry tool to a valuable asset for professional visual storytelling. It offers a solution for times when photographers have had to compromise on aperture width to ensure the shot. While not all may find a use for this, its inclusion in Lightroom 2024 highlights the platform's commitment to innovation and adaptability. The question now is, will these additions steer Lightroom in the right direction? As with all tools, the answer lies in the hands of its users.

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In response to the growing menace of AI-generated deepfakes, a bipartisan group of senators has introduced the NO FAKES Act, offering legal protection to people whose images and voices have been replicated without consent. The Act empowers individuals to take legal action against creators and platforms that host such content. Balancing free speech and creativity, it includes exceptions for news, sports, documentaries, and commentary. Supported by both performers and industry groups, the Act is seen as a crucial tool in the era of advancing AI technology.

After acquiring the financially troubled stock photo website EyeEm, Spanish platform Freepik has made repaying overdue earnings to photographers its primary focus. Freepik's CEO, Joaquin Cuenca Abela, highlighted the importance of settling these debts for the future credibility of the platform. The acquisition also brings EyeEm's extensive library of 160 million images and its 150,000-strong photography community under Freepik's umbrella, bolstering their visual content offerings.

Generation Z TikTok users are finding it challenging to use digital cameras over smartphones. Despite acknowledging the superior quality of digital cameras, they lament the cumbersome process of transferring files from camera to computer. In a viral trend started by influencer Teresa Violet, users humorously depicted the struggles of owning a digital camera, from being the designated photographer at gatherings to dealing with an impatient audience accustomed to instant photo access. The trend underscores a growing appreciation of traditional digital cameras among younger users, despite the dominance of smartphone photography.

In a groundbreaking move, Google is offering legal protection to users of its generative AI tools against potential copyright violation lawsuits. This follows Google's integration of an AI image generator into its search bar. The tech giant assures its users that it will bear responsibility for potential legal risks if they face copyright challenges over the use of its AI tools. The protection extends to two specific areas: training data and generated output. However, this indemnity will not cover intentional infringements.

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THAT’S A WRAP

Results from yesterday’s poll

The question: Do you think Adobe's updating Premiere Pro will significantly boost video editing efficiency?

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