Realistic Midjourney Images

On 28 August 2022 Midjourney released some new options for improving image quality that allow you to create much more realistic images.

Two new modes were released

  1. A general purpose artistic mode you can use by typing –test
  2. A photo-realism mode you can use by typing –testp

I wanted to share some of them, and also compare the same prompt showing the differences between the standard Midjourney image generator and the test versions.

Most of these images were upgraded using the –upbeta command.

Prompt: A photograph of the Planet Jupiter

Default Midjourney image
–test Midjourney image

Prompt: Dante’s Inferno

Default Midjourney image
–testp Midjourney image produced

Prompt: A human astronaut walking towards the towering gates of a mysterious alien city designed by HR Giger

Default Midjourney image
–testp Midjourney image

Prompt: an astronaut exploring a red jungle on an alien planet

Default Midjourney image
–testp Midjourney image

As you can see from these examples, compared with the standard Midjourney images the –test and –testp images are more realistic. But they also seem to lose a certain mysterious, artistic charm that the standard images have.

Nevertheless you get some beautiful results. Below are some of my favourite images so far created using the –test and –testp commands.

–Test and –Testp Midjourney images

a 18th century naval ship sails through a thunderstorm, over massive waves in a churning sea, cinematic, scary, dark, stormy, lightning, dark clouds, waves, wind, ocean spray, cinematic, dramatic, 8K, realistic, epic, highly detailed, majestic, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney image
a 18th century naval ship sails through a thunderstorm, over massive waves in a churning sea, cinematic, scary, dark, stormy, lightning, dark clouds, waves, wind, ocean spray, cinematic, dramatic, 8K, realistic, epic, highly detailed, majestic, –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta
realistic midjourney AI generated image of a portrait photograph of a cyborg on the streets of neo-tokyo, realistic, detailed, 8K --ar 16:9 --test --upbeta --upbeta
a portrait photograph of a cyborg on the streets of neo-tokyo, realistic, detailed, 8K –ar 16:9 –test –upbeta –upbeta
a photo portrait of a viking warrior after a battle, moody, foggy, gloomy, dirt, 8K, HD, ultra detailed, ultra realistic, looking directly at camera, --ar 3:2 --testp --upbeta
a photo portrait of a viking warrior after a battle, moody, foggy, gloomy, dirt, 8K, HD, ultra detailed, ultra realistic, looking directly at camera, –ar 3:2 –testp –upbeta
a swimming pool, wide angle photo, Miami beach, synthwave, bright colours, pink and blue, palm trees, sunshine, 1980s, glamour photography, film grain, 8K, HD, realistic, --ar 16:9 --testp midjourney
a swimming pool, wide angle photo, Miami beach, synthwave, bright colours, pink and blue, palm trees, sunshine, 1980s, glamour photography, film grain, 8K, HD, realistic, –ar 16:9 –testp
a ghost hauting a lush, green forest in Northern Ontario, 8K, detailed, realistic, spooky, meancing, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney realistic
a ghost hauting a lush, green forest in Northern Ontario, 8K, detailed, realistic, spooky, meancing, –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta
a street photography scene of Kowloon, Hong Kong showing a busy street with many people walking and many bright neon signs, crowded, busy, night, realistic, 8K, detailed, film grain, 35mm, atmospheric, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a street photography scene of Kowloon, Hong Kong showing a busy street with many people walking and many bright neon signs, crowded, busy, night, realistic, 8K, detailed, film grain, 35mm, atmospheric, –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta
a still from the 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell showing a bustling busy, cityscape, science fiction, anime, cinematic, 8K, HD, --testp --ar 16:9 --upbeta midjourney realistic
a still from the 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell showing a bustling busy, cityscape, science fiction, anime, cinematic, 8K, HD, –testp –ar 16:9 –upbeta
a castle in the sky, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta mid journey realism photo
a castle in the sky, –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta
a close up photograph of a tiny green frog sitting on a rock, national geographic photography, wildlife photography, macro photography, highly detailed, highly realistic, 8K, HD, –testp –ar 3:2 –upbeta
light being sucked into a black hole event horizon --ar 3:2 --testp --upbeta realisitic midjourney space image
light being sucked into a black hole event horizon –ar 3:2 –testp –upbeta
a raging cthulhu stands on the rocky shore as waves crash behind it and screams, with it's tentacles waving around, cinematic, dark, gloomy, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney realistic
a raging cthulhu stands on the rocky shore as waves crash behind it and screams, with it’s tentacles waving around, cinematic, dark, gloomy, –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta
a photograph of a New York City street in the 1980s, film grain, gritty, 1980s, --ar 3:2 --test --creative --upbeta --upbeta realistic midjourney image
a photograph of a New York City street in the 1980s, film grain, gritty, 1980s, –ar 3:2 –test –creative –upbeta –upbeta
AI art a wide angle photograph taken underwater of a great white shark swimming under the sea in the deep blue ocean, 8K, ultra realistic, wildlife photography, national geopgraphy photography, serene, calm, beautiful, HD, --ar 3:2 --testp --upbeta mid journey realism animal shark
a wide angle photograph taken underwater of a great white shark swimming under the sea in the deep blue ocean, 8K, ultra realistic, wildlife photography, national geopgraphy photography, serene, calm, beautiful, HD, –ar 3:2 –testp –upbeta
The King in Yellow, moody, spooky, fog, cinematic, 8K, realistic, highly detailed --testp --ar 16:9 --upbeta midjourney realistic AI art
The King in Yellow, moody, spooky, fog, cinematic, 8K, realistic, highly detailed –testp –ar 16:9 –upbeta
AI photo a young woman gazes out across a sprawling Steampunk metropolis at sunset, zeppelin, tall buildings, sunset, 8K, realistic, --creative --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney realistic
a young woman gazes out across a sprawling Steampunk metropolis at sunset, zeppelin, tall buildings, sunset, 8K, realistic, –creative –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta
a wide angle photograph of an elaborate, ornament warrior wearing a helmet and armor from the year 3000, standing in a garden, highly detailed, futuristic, beautiful, gold, black, bronze, science fiction, 8K --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney realistic
a wide angle photograph of an elaborate, ornament warrior wearing a helmet and armor from the year 3000, standing in a garden, highly detailed, futuristic, beautiful, gold, black, bronze, science fiction, 8K –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta
a NASA astronaut floating in space with the Earth below him, 8K, realistic, photograph, detailed --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney
a NASA astronaut floating in space with the Earth below him, 8K, realistic, photograph, detailed –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta
a wendigo hiding in the dark forest, realistic, moody, dense foliage, spooky, creepy, 8K, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta realistic midjourney photo
a wendigo hiding in the dark forest, realistic, moody, dense foliage, spooky, creepy, 8K, –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta
a photograph of a protea flower in bloom amongst fynbos in the Western Cape, South Africa, 8K, realistic, flower photography --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta midjourney AI
a photograph of a protea flower in bloom amongst fynbos in the Western Cape, South Africa, 8K, realistic, flower photography –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta
realistic midjourney a close up portrait photo of a cyberpunk woman under neon lights, cyan and orange highlights, street photography, lifestyle, wet street --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta
a close up portrait photo of a cyberpunk woman under neon lights, cyan and orange highlights, street photography, lifestyle, wet street –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta
a Buddhist monk wearing an orange robe sits quietly and meditates in the deep jungle, detailed, realistic, 8K, --ar 16:9 --testp --upbeta realistic midjourney
a Buddhist monk wearing an orange robe sits quietly and meditates in the deep jungle, detailed, realistic, 8K, –ar 16:9 –testp –upbeta

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