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Empty Spaces with interval and Layers

  1. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Jul 31, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Jul 31, 2018 :
    You´re going on a photo shoot...
    You have got it all planed...!
    Packed everthing....
    Checked the time when the sun is in the right position...

    Sun Position App.jpg

    You're full of enthusiasm and manage to arrive on time...!

    Then you see this...:confused:

    First Sight.jpg
    OP3 / Camera FV-5 / JPEG


    Now what..?
    Wait till all the people are gone or ask them to get off the sight, including the gardeners with their truck...?

    You´d probably get a : “ Yeah, right...”
    And the people would continue to go about their business...

    If you brought time with you there´s another solution...
    Since the sight doesn't move and people usually don't stay at one place for ever, they can be painted (masked) out in Layers.
    You only need a tripod, shoot a couple of Photos and Photoshop like software that supports Layers..
    Because it´s hard to determine when they move and impossible to track everyone on sight, you can use interval shooting and look at the footage later...

    Read more on interval shooting here...

    I set the Interval to 5 seconds for 5 minutes = 60 photos/RAW
    A lot of time for people to move greater distances.
    Frankly, in my case that wasn't enough cause the truck did not disappear, and some folks just enjoyed the sun, sitting there with their feet in the water.
    I was actually thinking of quitting, get myself some ice cream and join them...
    But I repeated the interval 5 times and after about 23 minutes they drove off...
    Now I had 300 pictures to choose from...



    The FUN (work) begins...

    Transfer the files to your PC and fire up the editor.
    Browse though the pics and search for the ones that are emptiest, so to speak and those where people leave the area they where staying...
    Mark and compare till you found the one that'll be your base.
    Also mark those with features you might also have in the Final, like birds flying by or clouds...
    Now open the base picture and add one of the other marked as a layer.

    Screenshot_1.jpg
    Set both Layers to 50% opacity so they blend into each other.
    Zoom in on the subject you want to erase, select the “masking brush” set to “subtract” (paint-out)
    and just paint over them.
    No need to be totally accurate, the background will blend in...

    Screenshot_2.jpg
    Two of the fellows didn't move until I was done. I had to heal them out in the final.

    Add more layers if needed and repeat the procedure...
    Look there´s one hiding behind that tree...o_O

    Screenshot_3.jpg

    From the bottom layer up the same areas have to be subtracted to be visible in the top Layer...
    When done, set all layers to 100% opacity merge them and save the result...
    If you´re working with RAW files do the usual development to your gusto...

    Screenshot_4.jpg
    And there´s the Final.. ;D

    Final copy.jpg OP3 / Camera FV-5 / RAW / ON1 Photo RAW

    People gone....
    Dove and clouds in...
    Too bad the big Fountain wasn't on... :(

    Hope you liked this short tutorial... :)

    Now go out there and shoot some pics...! :D
     
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  2. woSch
    Photography Expert Jul 31, 2018

    woSch , Jul 31, 2018 :
    You lucky man, every time i've visited 'Mannem' it was raining :tearsofjoy: ....

    Thank you for this great tutorial :)
     

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  3. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Jul 31, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Jul 31, 2018 :
    Thanks man...!:D

    Rain...?
    What's that...?
    Feels like months since it got really wet around here...:confused::)
     

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  4. woSch
    Photography Expert Jul 31, 2018

    woSch , Jul 31, 2018 :
    off topic
    :) ... would be a great Theme for a monthly Contest 'Rain/Raindrops/puddles' pictures & slo-mo ;)
     
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  5. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Jul 31, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Jul 31, 2018 :
    great idea... 8D
     

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  6. panthimanshu
    Honeycomb Aug 1, 2018

    panthimanshu , Aug 1, 2018 :
    This is really helpful and inspiring post. Thanks mate. Cheers
     

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  7. FrederikOlsen
    Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 1, 2018

    FrederikOlsen , Aug 1, 2018 :
    Another great thread! I can think back to many photos where I could have used this to remove garbage trucks and other unsightly vehicles :D might actually see if I can.use it on some existing photos. Thanks for the tutorial :D! And ofc great photo @Bouncer71
     
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  8. FrederikOlsen
    Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 1, 2018

    FrederikOlsen , Aug 1, 2018 :
    Just use this methode to remove every raindrop. Easy peasy mate :)
     

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  9. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 1, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Aug 1, 2018 :
    thank you so much and you're welcome..!
    8D

    Thanks.. 8D

    Probably will go though some existing photos too...
    In Winter... ;D

    That would be a lifetime challenge... ;D
     

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  10. FrederikOlsen
    Ice Cream Sandwich Aug 1, 2018

    FrederikOlsen , Aug 1, 2018 :
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  11. buntycubal
    User of the Year 2017 Aug 1, 2018


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  12. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 1, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Aug 1, 2018 :
    That means a lot to me...! :oops:
    Thank you @buntycubal that you appreciate it that much..! :D:D
     

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  13. script
    Nougat Moderator Aug 2, 2018

    script , Aug 2, 2018 :
    Super great tutorial. Moved to the main section. Thank you very much for your thread.
     

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  14. NeVeR_SeTTLe
    The Lab - OnePlus 6 Reviewer Aug 3, 2018

    NeVeR_SeTTLe , Aug 3, 2018 :
    Beautiful! :)
    Now this is what I call a detailed "tutorial" :D
    Excellent job @Bouncer71

    You can also use the spot removal tool in Lightroom but sometimes it's harder ;)
     

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  15. Nick 59
    Marshmallow Aug 3, 2018

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  16. TibiTibi
    Photography Expert Aug 3, 2018

  17. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 3, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Aug 3, 2018 :
    thanks again...! 8D

    Thank you...! 8D

    Thanks so much ...! 8D
    made it a bit mysterious I guess... ;D

    and also thank you very much...! 8D
    would've been more detailed if I hadn't forgotten some screenshots... ;D

    I use that too...
    but mostly gives uncetisfying results..
    dust spots-> great
    a whole group of people -> undefinable blob

    a couple of years ago I read about photographers that create empty spaces with ND- filters and high aperture...
    so fascinating... 8O
    but at F11 / 1/1000 in bright light impossible... 8(
    at least with my camera and ND 2.6 lens...
    x400 = 0.5 seconds ;D

    on a sidenote:
    got all likes not all quotes notifications...?
    is there a switch to turn off Not-tifications...?
    8D
     

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  18. meatandy
    Oreo Aug 3, 2018

    meatandy , Aug 3, 2018 :
    This looks like to much work , I just will continue pointing and shooting. :rolleyes:...:p


    Wonderful thread you made here , Maybe @Mr. BG would enjoy a quick read.:)
     

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  19. Bouncer71
    OnePlus 7 Pro Sample Shot Photographer Community Expert Aug 3, 2018

    Bouncer71 , Aug 3, 2018 :
    Thanks a lot man...! 8D

    and yes it's a bit of work...
    Do whatever suits you best...!

    don't believe that I will do that very often...
    Special occasions maybe...
    If we make it to Venice/Italy next year...
    The place is crowed.. 8O
    But I'll probably fail miserably... ;D
     

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  20. G_plusone
    Marshmallow Aug 31, 2018


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