Tip of the Day – Settle down

Tip of the Day – Settle down

Niku was a bit unsettled on the jetty but as soon as her mum Kay sat down, she decided to stand still instead of shifting around. Instead of disturbing her by asking Kay to stand or move elsewhere so she’d be easier to edit out, I left Kay sitting there while I photographed Niku. Then when I was done capturing Niku, I asked Kay to take Niku completely out of the frame so I could grab a background-only shot.

The background shot enabled me to remove Kay from the image and in the editing process, I also removed some other distractions.

Shooting in public areas may mean there are visual distractions in the environment you need to remove in the editing stage. To help make this process easier, always try and take a bunch of extra photos either with the subject and owner completely out of the way. If there are multiple people in the shot, taking extra shots might also make it easier to remove them as well, especially if they are moving around.

Just remember to keep your focus, exposure settings and framing the same, otherwise it will make it difficult to match up the images.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 16-35mm ƒ/4L IS @ 16mm, ISO 2000, 1/500 sec, ƒ/4⠀

And here’s the source shot of the background that was used to remove Kay from the image.

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