Getting a People-Free Image in a Crowded Spot


You know how tough it can be to get a good picture of something but without all the crowds.  National Parks are notorious for this, as are other tourist destinations.  You can't just ask a crowd of 50 people to stand back and wait.  Well, you can, but the chances of it happening are pretty slim.  So what do you do?

Shutterstock contributor Alexy Stiop has a great solution that requires the use of a tripod, a copy of Photoshop, and a little bit of patience. 

It's a simple enough process.  To start with, you'll need to take a lot of photos. You'll be combining these shots together to make one people-free photograph, so you'll need to shoot until you're confident that you've captured the image sufficiently.  If someone's sitting on a rock in all of your shots, for example, he's going to show up in the end result.

Then import your images, jump into Photoshop and run a script called Medians.  This will take the most common elements in all of your shots and put them into one, which removes the people, but not the landscape.

It's a nice trick, but it doesn't work with everything.  You may need to do some touchup work with clouds that may have moved, and if you shoot over too long a period of time, lighting changes and moving shadows can cause a problem.

Check out Alexey's post on Shutterstock for more information.