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I need to get rid of things in the background [ANSWER]

Posted: Tue, 22nd May 2007, 8:48am

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Josh3B

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Most notably, some overhead street lights. Can those be eliminated with something like a garbage matte?

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Posted: Tue, 22nd May 2007, 8:53am

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Not easily, no. You'd need to either create a matte painting to replace that area of the shot, or you'll need to do some painstaking work in something like Photoshop to remove them frame by frame. A garbage matte won't work as it would just leave a 'hole' in the frame.

If your shot is anything except a stationary shot on a tripod, it's going to be a tricky job either way.
Posted: Tue, 22nd May 2007, 9:13am

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Some are tripod shots, some aren't. What about adding in additional foliage to stack on top of those things that would need covered up? Can I digitally add some more leaves to the trees to cover them?

A lot of the light seems to poke through the trees in the background.

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Posted: Tue, 22nd May 2007, 12:59pm

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I've been working on some shots where my son and his cousins were meant to be alone on some hills but there were people walking along the horizon. I matted out the people (frame by frame, took a while even with key frames) and then placed another shot taken on the same day behind my main shot but offset so that the blank sky from that shot was visible through the holes left by matteing out the unwanted people.

You may be able to do a similar thing by matteing out the lights which show through the trees and having one of your other shots positioned so that the trees in it are visible through the matte holes to fill in the gaps. Foliage tends to be quite good for blending and covering up without appearing to obvious. I use Photoshop a lot to retouch digital images and foliage is one of those background elements that can be clone stamped without repeating patterns appearing.
Posted: Wed, 23rd May 2007, 12:39am

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Thanks Petet2!

There's a ton of foliage, and most of the light points seem to be just things that poke through every so often. Covering them up with additional foliage may do the trick.

jb
Posted: Fri, 25th May 2007, 5:38pm

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I did some thing like that with some sucses