Midjourney v5 creates photo-realistic images and even does the hands correctly

Portrait of an elderly man in a coffee shop, shot through a window. This image is straight from Midjourney v5 | Julie Wieland

Midjurney v5 arrived this week with the latest model of the acclaimed AI image generator with stunning photo-realistic images and people with five fingers per hand.

Enthusiasts have already shown how good the text-to-image generators are. However, it is currently only available to paying customers.

Graphic designer Julie Wieland shared with PetaPixel some of her stunning photography-like creations generated from Midjourney v5.

Middle Journey v5
Straight from Midjourney v5 | Julie Wieland

“The latest Midjourney v5 model is both extremely overwhelming/scary and extremely fascinating,” says Wieland. “The ability to recreate intricate details and textures, such as realistic skin texture/facial features and lighting, is unparalleled.”

Middle Journey v5
With added grain and a slight color correction | Julie Wieland
Midjourney v5 but with some minor tweaks in Photoshop | Julie Wieland
Middle Journey v5
Straight from Midjourney v5

“This emergence of post photography (and its level of detail), or as I prefer to call it: “synthography”, does not mean the end of traditional photography, but rather an extension and new tool in the toolbox for artists and photographers,” adds Wieland please.

“It can generate new ideas and expand the imagination to what was previously possible. In the end, the end result and the emotional impact are most important in both media.”

half way through the trip
With some minor adjustments | Julie Wieland
half way through the trip
Straight from Midjourney v5 | Julie Wieland

AI image creator Nick St. Pierre has posted a series of extraordinary images from v5 that are getting closer and closer to passing for real photos.

A photo of a group of women appears to have been taken by a photographer at first glance. However, there are still strange AI artifacts, such as floating hands and faces that are out of proportion.

St. Pierre went on to compare Midjourney v4 and v5. Using the same prompts for each model clearly shows the incremental benefits of the latest model.

“This is unreal and my god, photographers are really, really screwed,” writes artist and photographer Jeremy Corward about the creations of St. Pierre. “I know this is a hot take and I have a gazillion other thoughts, but hell, this isn’t bueno. V5 is unreal.”

‘Greater range’

Speaking about the Midjourney discord, company founder David Holz says the latest version has a “much wider stylistic range” and is “more responsive to clues.” He also says users will get higher image quality and improved dynamic range.

“It’s much more ‘unbiased’ than v3 and v4,” Holz writes. “And is tuned to provide a wide diversity of outputs and be very responsive to your inputs.”

Apparently, the trade-off for this new version is that “short prompts may not work very well” and “you should try writing longer, more explicit text about what you want.”

Holz warns that the new Midjourney “can generate far more realistic images than anything we’ve released before.” That’s why the company has increased the number of moderators and “will enforce our community standards more rigorously and accurately.”

Yesterday, PetaPixel reported on Midjourney which released a monthly print magazine.

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Image Credits: Thanks to Julie Wieland.

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