I love to travel (it’s a good thing as much of my income comes from my travel photography), but unfortunately for me lots of other people do too. While I often like to take street photographs as well as portraits of the people in the area I do not like photos filled with tons and tons of tourists. Sadly, when I often go to places like Petra, the Eiffel Tower, or the Coliseum I find these areas to be filled with lots of other people. Fortunately for me (and everyone else too) there is a way to get great photos of these iconic areas without getting everyone else in them too without having magical Photoshop skills. So here’s what you need to do:
Step 1 – set up your camera on a tripod. There are lots of times when you can get away with a good photo without a tripod but in this process you absolutely have to have your camera in the same place for all the photos.
Step 2 – Set up your camera to take photos every 20 seconds or so for about 10 minutes. I realize there will be a lot of photos but the more photos for this the better.
Step 3 – Go into Photoshop and click on “File”, then “Scripts”, then “Statistics”, and then select the files you just took.
Photoshop will then go through and eliminate everything in the photo that doesn’t match up. Obviously if people are just hanging out for a long time they will still be included in the photo or if there are just way too many people (as appear towards the entrance of the Coliseum in this photo) they will still be in the photo, but hey, its better than nothing and you still get a great final product. You may have to do a little cleanup in Photoshop after but that should be pretty simple.
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