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What and how many images should I use to train a profile?
What and how many images should I use to train a profile?
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Written by Justin Benson
Updated over a week ago

Profile creation is one of the most important things in Aftershoots Ai Editing. The images you load into your profile will significantly impact how Aftershoot EDITS.

How many images do I need?

When gathering images for a profile, the minimum for optimal performance would be 5,000 edited images.

You can get started with as few as 2,500 images, although the profile will not perform nearly as accurately as it will with 5,000 images.

You can always start with 2,500 images and continue to upload catalogs as you edit them to build up a more accurate profile.

What type of images should I train on?

There are many ways to create profiles.

One of the most important things is consistent editing style in specific scenes.

Aftershoot recognizes different lighting and shooting conditions and attempts to predict edits for those specific situations based on how you would edit them.

What is most important is that the edits you generally would make in one condition are generally similar.

For example, if you always edit your backlit portraits in a similar style (highlights lowered, shadows up, white balance more yellow) Aftershoot will recognize this.

However, if you tend to edit those similar conditions differently for every session, it may confuse the Unicorns and they may not produce consistent results in those conditions.

It is also important to include an equal variety of conditions. Aftershoot will only know how to perform in fluorescent lighting if you have a balanced amount of edited fluorescent light photos. If it only sees a handful of images like that, it won't fully understand in what condition that edit was made and why.

The simplest way to look at it is like having an assistant who has never edited a photo in your style before.

They know the sliders and what they do, but they do not know how to achieve your look. Only by teaching that assistant through many examples of how you edit as you would do in specific conditions, will it be able to learn to edit just like you!

When considering images to edit, one-off instances will not be taken into consideration.

This means if you only ever edit a couple of photos in a certain condition and way, Aftershoot EDITS will not consider these circumstances so as to not throw off the entire profile.

Being able to create multiple profiles is a great option available to those who typically do different types of sessions.

If you are a wedding photographer, having a balanced profile that contains all the normal wedding conditions you would shoot in (sunny, backlit, cloudy, indoor with off-camera flash, indoor with on-camera flash, etc...) would perform very well. But that same profile may not perform as well on a studio shoot in which you typically white balance and edit differently as you have more flashes coming from different directions.

Similarly, if you were to create a very specific profile, for instance, one for only shoots in backlit conditions or with primarily backlit photos, it would not perform very well in any other condition.

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