Sunday, March 12

Lady in Red - Photography

After our recent visit to Hodsock Priory, I was browsing through the many photographs that I had taken when I came across this one.




My eye was drawn to a red object in the background.

Closer inspection revealed the red object to be a woman wearing a red coat.

I found that even though the object was only a very small part of the photograph its placing and colour for me made it dominant and so the lady in red just had to go.

Fortunately using Lightroom this is relatively straight forward. Near the top of the Lightroom side panel is where the appropriate tools are to be found.



Let's look closer.


I needed the spot removal tool - shown as a circle with an arrow leading from it and I needed to set this to the clone mode.


Using the mouse I could then 'paint' over the figure.

Once I had covered the figure in white I released the mouse button and the computer made a best guess in choosing a patch of the photograph with which to replace the figure. You can just about make out the area chosen which is a patch of grass.


This wasn't a successful choice but fortunately I can over-rule the selection by dragging the replacement area by holding the mouse pointer over the black spot.

Now the finished photo looks like this.

I think it is an improvement. Here is a before and after.

Click the image below to enlarge


Cheating? If I had noticed the figure standing there at the time I would have waited for her to move away so would have ended up with this shot anyway wouldn't I?

14 comments:

  1. No, not cheating. Goodness knows how long you would have stood there anyway, and another red jacketed figure could have come along in the meantime.
    Did it take long to get to grips with this editing programme?

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    1. It's just a case of learning bit by bit, Deborah. There is lots to the application that we still have to explore. Like all good software I guess. You can start using the basics quickly and I call this basic

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  2. Clever stuff, Sue! The camera never lies, eh?

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    1. If only it worked in real life, Mark I have one troublesome person in mind that I would like to remove from my picture. Nothing violent just removed from my view.

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  3. It's a wonder what us novices can do these days! And isn't it funny how we don't notice some things when we are actually there, but in the photos they seem so glaring?

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    1. It always amazes me just what a photo can reveal, Margaret.

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  4. Most creative Sue and definitely not cheating in my book. At first glance I thought she was a very bright red flower. I use iPhoto which has a similar tool for removing the odd unwanted blip :)

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    1. When I first saw the photo I thought it was a red flower too, Anna.

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  5. Goodness me, what a clever little tool, you would never have known she was there.xxx

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  6. Wow, it's incredible! You removed the lady from the photo. I know it's doable, but I'm no into graphic applications and programs so I wouldn't know how to do it. Now I know :) Thanks!

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    1. It's quite simple really Dewberry/

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  7. Wow! What a technology! I thought it's big red flower!
    I would love to have them too!

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    1. It did look like a big red flower, Malar

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