Clone out dis­trac­tions TOP TIP

Ge­orge Cairns ex­plains how to re­move un­wanted clut­ter, such as posts and street fur­ni­ture, to cre­ate a cleaner shot

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To re­touch or not to re­touch? It’s a ques­tion we all have to wres­tle with at some point, but un­less you’re shoot­ing hard news, a bit of dig­i­tal tidy­ing here and there is usu­ally con­sid­ered fair game – es­pe­cially if it en­sures your fi­nal im­age is more like the scene you ac­tu­ally had in front of you.

Take our start im­age: there are sen­sor spots in the sky, and the shadow of the pho­tog­ra­pher in the fore­ground is dis­tract­ing. We could have shot from a dif­fer­ent an­gle to avoid the shadow, but that would have meant chang­ing our care­fully con­sid­ered com­po­si­tion. Re­mov­ing the shadow dig­i­tally will give us a cleaner shot with­out hav­ing to al­ter the com­po­si­tion at all.

Cap­ture NX-D’s Auto Re­touch Brush is de­signed to get rid of dust, scratches and sen­sor spots. These shouldn’t be there any­way, so in the case of dust re­touch­ing ac­tu­ally cre­ates a more ac­cu­rate ver­sion of the scene. You can also hide un­wanted street fur­ni­ture such as lamp posts. Where you draw the re­touch­ing line is up to you!

The Auto Re­touch Brush doesn’t al­low you to man­u­ally sam­ple pix­els to paint over un­wanted ob­jects, so works best when hid­ing ob­jects with clean back­grounds (such as sen­sor spots sur­rounded by a clear blue sky).

Cr op first It’s al­ways a good idea to be­gin any im­age pro­cess­ing by crop­ping the shot. The crop­ping pro­ce­dure may re­move un­wanted arte­facts near the edges of the frame in a quick-and-easy op­er­a­tion. This saves you the time and has­sle of cloning out ob­jects that will be re­moved by crop­ping any­way.

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