Need help with a photo

Discussion in 'Post-Production' started by Zanner, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    Wisconsin, USA
    Suzanne
    All you experts out there - This newbie needs help. Any way to get rid of the piece of grass in front of her face? Or is that not possible? I was out in the blaring sun and didn't see it at all when I took the shot. But otherwise, I love this photo of my kiddo.
    Feel free to take it and play with it. I'm not good enough in PS to do this sort of thing.
    19516339650_6b1a75c755_o. _DSC0101 by Suzanne Tevsh, on Flickr
     
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  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    That is a nice setting...is it a long way from your house that would rule out a quick trip to re-shoot it?
     
  3. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    Wisconsin, USA
    Suzanne
    yes unfortunately. It's at Gooseberry Falls along the shoreline of MN. But I guess there is always next year ;)
     
  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Yeah, I think it could be done, Suzanne. But only with a lot of painstaking work. I can't think of any shortcuts. Bummer. :frown:
     
  5. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran

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    Suzanne
    Ah well. I didn't think there was really a quick fix. Thanks for looking though! ;)
     
  6. jai

    jai TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 4, 2013
    You could try using spot removal in lightroom. This could get her hair behind the grass looking natural, her shirt no problem.

    It would be real tricky to get her eye, people look straight away at the eyes so it has to be good.

    Some tips if you want to give it a go:

    • Split it up so you do each similar part of the photo separately. Make a selection of only where hair should be, or under eye, or cheeks.
    • Check out the difference between clone and heal. Heal tends to blend more, clone is harder edged.
    • I often use clone, then heal around the edges to blend it in
    • Lightroom will guess at the area of the photo to clone from, but you can normally do better.
    • Keep opacity at 100%
    • Use as little feather as you can get away with.
    Here is an edit I just did of an old photo. The area in the bottom left where I got rid of the kids looks a little strange, but luckily its not the focal point of the photo.

    19680240846_857e69b1b5_c.

    19711009631_3db0d2a12d_c.
     
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  7. pbizarro

    pbizarro TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 24, 2014
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    Tricky clone job...

    If the photo is important to you, take it to an image editing shop/service, they will have a photoshop guru to do it.
     
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  8. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Make a duplicate of the layer and flip it horizontally. Line the layers up at the nose and then use the reversed image to clone the face.

    The hair is a little more painstaking, but is also straight cloning from other parts.
     
  9. G.Webb

    G.Webb TalkEmount Rookie

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    Oct 22, 2013
    Phoenix, Az.
    19516339650_6b1a75c755_o1.

    Could be better, would take more time.
     
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  10. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Wow...looks great !
     
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  11. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Yeah, you have to really be looking for flaws in that one. :thumbup:
     
  12. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
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    Suzanne
    That is awesome!!!! Thank you so much!!
     
  13. G.Webb

    G.Webb TalkEmount Rookie

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    Oct 22, 2013
    Phoenix, Az.
    Your welcome Suzanne, and thanks everyone for the positive comments.
    when I uploaded the photo the site seemed to compressed what I had.
    also if you get me the raw file or the full size .jpg I could work on it and see if I can tweak it a bit more.
     
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