AI EXPERIMENTS

AI Photography Guide: Mastering Color Filters — Volume 6

Samuele
7 min readFeb 19, 2024
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Continuing from my previous post, I’d like to add another twenty example images showcasing various color filters used in image generation with Generative AIs, such as Midjourney. To facilitate easier comparison of the effects these filters have on generated images, I’ve decided to split this post into several parts. The first part was dedicated to portraits; today, my focus shifts to architecture. Specifically, I’ll explore how color filters can significantly change the perception of a historic city center.

  1. Black and White
  2. Sepia
  3. Vibrant
  4. Duotone
  5. Muted Colors
  6. High Contrast
  7. Retro
  8. Cinematic
  9. Matte
  10. Lomo
  11. Grain or Film Grain
  12. Cyanotype
  13. Infrared
  14. Pinhole
  15. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  16. Cross Process
  17. Soft Focus
  18. Vintage
  19. Tilt-Shift

Original

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Prompt: a city street in milan, italy stock photo, in the style of uhd image, contrasting, modern urban, nikon d850 — ar 3:2 — v 6.0

Black and White

This timeless filter lends a classic and sophisticated touch to images. Ideal for highlighting drama, emotion, or nostalgia, it emphasizes textures, shapes, and compositions by removing color distractions.

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Prompt: black and white, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Sepia

Imbuing images with a warm, brownish tint, the sepia filter gives them an antique or historical feel. It’s perfect for evoking a sense of age, warmth, and nostalgia, especially in family portraits, historical documentation, or themed occasions.

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Prompt: sepia, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Vibrant

This filter boosts saturation and brightness, making colors in images strikingly vivid. It’s excellent for marketing materials, social media, and any platform where capturing attention with rich, dynamic colors is crucial.

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Prompt: vibrant, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Duotone

Using two contrasting colors, the duotone filter creates a modern, stylish aesthetic. It’s ideal for graphic design, album covers, and minimalist art that require a bold statement with a limited color palette.

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Prompt: duotone, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Muted Colors

This filter tones down color saturation, lending a subtle, refined elegance to images. It’s well-suited for projects that aim to convey sophistication and luxury, such as high-end branding, fashion, and fine art photography.

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Prompt: muted colors, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

High Contrast

By accentuating the difference between light and dark areas, this filter offers a dramatic and bold look. It’s perfect for emphasizing textures or patterns, often used in sports photography, street scenes, and artistic works.

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Prompt: high contrast, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Retro

Capturing the essence of past decades, the retro filter adds tints reminiscent of the ’60s, ’70s, or ’80s. It’s excellent for themes that are a nod to the past, such as retro parties or fashion inspired by historical styles.

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Prompt: retro, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Cinematic

Mimicking movie color grading, often with teal and orange hues, this filter adds depth and accentuates skin tones. It’s suitable for portraits, landscapes, or any photography aiming to add elements of drama, tension, or storytelling.

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Prompt: cinematic, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Matte

By lowering contrast and adding a flat, low-sheen appearance, the matte filter is ideal for a contemporary, stylish look. Often used in lifestyle photography, social media, and modern advertising, it creates a soft, approachable aesthetic.

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Prompt: matte, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Lomo

The Lomo effect amplifies colors, increases contrast, and adds a noticeable vignette, emulating the look of Lomographic camera images.

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Prompt: lomo, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Grain or Film Grain

This adds a texture reminiscent of old film photography, giving digital images a gritty, organic feel. It evokes nostalgia or authenticity.

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Prompt: film grain, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Cyanotype

This recreates the look of cyanotypes, a photographic process known for producing images in a distinctive shade of blue.

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Prompt: cyanotype, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Infrared

Capturing light beyond the visible spectrum, this filter produces surreal landscapes with dark skies and unusually bright vegetation, creating an otherworldly effect.

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Prompt: infrared, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Pinhole

This simulates the effect of a pinhole camera, known for its infinite depth of field, softer focus, and unique perspective due to the absence of a lens.

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Prompt: pinhole, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR blends multiple exposures of the same scene to achieve a wider dynamic range in luminosity, enhancing details in both the darkest and brightest parts of the image.

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Prompt: hdr, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Cross Process

This emulates the look of cross-processed film, resulting in images with unusual colors and high contrast, great for artistic and experimental photography.

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Prompt: cross process, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Soft Focus

This creates a dreamy, ethereal appearance by blurring the edges and reducing sharpness, ideal for romantic portraits, dream sequences, or creative landscapes.

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Prompt: soft focus, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Vintage

This gives photos a faded, aged look with muted colors, lower contrast, and a hint of grain, perfect for creating a nostalgic or timeless feel.

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Prompt: vintage, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

Tilt-Shift

This creates a miniature effect by blurring parts of the image, drawing attention to a central area. It’s excellent for making landscapes or city scenes appear as small-scale models.

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Prompt: tilt shift, photo, a city street in milan, modern urban, nikon d850

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Samuele

I'm a hobby programmer, experimenting with Svelte, Javascript, Construct 3 and magic tools