Generative or genuine? My 5 surefire ways to spot an AI generated image

Generative AI may not be photography - but it is creating increasingly photo-realistic images. But despite the advances, even the best AI generators are far from perfect. And you can spot an AI image, if you know where to look. Here are five surefire signs that the photo you are looking it has been created by prompts typed into a program, rather than having being shot by a camera…

1: Hands and shoelaces

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James Paterson

The lead technique writer on Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, James is a fantastic general practice photographer with an enviable array of skills across every genre of photography. 


Whether it's flash photography techniques like stroboscopic portraits, astrophotography projects like photographing the Northern Lights, or turning sound into art by making paint dance on a set of speakers, James' tutorials and projects are as creative as they are enjoyable. 


He's also a wizard at the dark arts of Photoshop, Lightroom and Affinity Photo, and is capable of some genuine black magic in the digital darkroom, making him one of the leading authorities on photo editing software and techniques.