Golden cobblestones

A silk purse out of a sow’s ear

One of the best things to come along recently in our industry has been AI-powered software for use on deficient images. With it, you can frequently salvage sub-standard shots, add in very believable-looking detail, zoom in for a close crop without a quality loss, improve facial details, hair, and skin texture, and remove JPEG compression artifacts.

You can often make an image look like it was shot on a higher-quality camera, improve blur/focus issues, and achieve substantial enlargements that were previously impossible.


Though it doesn’t work flawlessly on all images, I like to use it when warranted, which is pretty often.

Here is one example from a recent magazine cover. Compare the detail between the two versions: