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Best way to remove out of focus distraction

Posted 13/09/2013 - 21:02 Link
Did a portrait shoot today and one of the better shots was a really early one, when I was setting up lighting/exposure and not paying enough attention to background - everything is good, except in the bokeh I have a shiny lamppost running down through my subject

It is well out of focus but really distracting. Clone and Heal are both leaving a mess when I try to clean things up, as the oof seems very unforgiving

Am I missing something? I thought cleaning an oof background would be easier than a crisp one
davidstorm
Posted 13/09/2013 - 21:05 Link
Can you post the image so we can see?

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David
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BMurray
Posted 14/09/2013 - 09:04 Link
if its running down the middle can u not create a new file then copy the 2 side oarts and oaste them together on the new file?
B Murray
Posted 14/09/2013 - 13:15 Link
dont want to get client permission to share photo, but here is extract. The proximity of hair etc adds to the complexity a little but my usual fixes dont seem to work well on bokeh like this

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bettyswolloks
Posted 14/09/2013 - 13:32 Link
A very quick mess with the spot removal and clone stamp tools, no perfect I know but I'm watching motogp qualifying! I think with a little more time it would tidy up perfectly.
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Edited by bettyswolloks: 14/09/2013 - 13:35
davidstorm
Posted 14/09/2013 - 13:47 Link
Here's mine, not too sure why you're finding this difficult to clone out as it seems quite straightforward?

Just used the clone tool in Photoshop, nothing else.

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Regards
David
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bettyswolloks
Posted 14/09/2013 - 13:50 Link
davidstorm wrote:
Here's mine, not too sure why you're finding this difficult to clone out as it seems quite straightforward?

Just used the clone tool in Photoshop, nothing else.

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David

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Edited by bettyswolloks: 14/09/2013 - 13:51
Posted 14/09/2013 - 22:15 Link
nicely done David

my skills with photoshop arent a patch on this (I was taught to capture a decent picture in the first place, so only have myself to blame on this one), can you share any info of your clone settings

Having rarely cloned anything I tend to use 'Normal', 100% opacity, soft edge brush in quite a big size (60 pixel here)

The image was taken in front of glass and there are subtle reflections that also make the cloning I have tried really obvious
davidstorm
Posted 15/09/2013 - 00:18 Link
LittleSkink wrote:
can you share any info of your clone settings

I start off at 100% opacity with a brush size appropriate to the area to be cloned. On this one it would have been around 100 to 120 I think.

Once the rough cloning is complete I usually reduce the opacity to 45% or thereabouts, reduce the brush size and re-do the edges, i.e. where the clone meets the non-cloned area, just to make sure that the edges are invisible.

Regards
David
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Father Ted
Posted 20/09/2013 - 22:12 Link
davidstorm wrote:
LittleSkink wrote:
can you share any info of your clone settings

I start off at 100% opacity with a brush size appropriate to the area to be cloned. On this one it would have been around 100 to 120 I think.

Once the rough cloning is complete I usually reduce the opacity to 45% or thereabouts, reduce the brush size and re-do the edges, i.e. where the clone meets the non-cloned area, just to make sure that the edges are invisible.

Regards
David

Brilliant advice! I hadn't thought of going over it a second time to clean the edges.
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