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TWIP regular Fred Johnson FINALLY :) comes through on his promise to show how to remove crowds from a photograph using some Photoshop Mojo. Check out the video. Way to go Fred!

BONUS! Fred also shows you how to straighten an image in Photoshop using the Ruler tool in this video.

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  1. Wow, Fred. Great video. I might have to tag a few hundred more dollars on to the latest pool so that I’m not just getting into the DSLR realm, but also getting a copy of CS3.

    Speaking of which, can anyone tell me the advantage of getting CS3 over Photoshop elements? I have no experience with CS2 or 3, and have played around a little with Elements, and was wondering what I would loose if I got elements instead of CS3 (it would save me quite a bit, and as a soon to be college graduate, I don’t exactly have an excess of funds).

  2. What a great little tip. I can’t tell you how many photos I haven’t taken because of crowds. Many thanks.

  3. Fred,
    Great way to keep that promise from the show. This is one of those things that I have always wanted to know how to do. Thanks to your Photoshop Kung-fu and great teaching I have performed this on 3 photos. Thank You for the great tip. Thank you for letting us know about Martin Evening’s Book on your blog also. Keep up the great work.

  4. Great video. Can’t wait to try it out this weekend.

  5. Excellent tip and tutorial! Thanks Fred!!

  6. You have just laid out my next weekend. Gotta try that! Thanks for the fabulous tip!

    Oh yeah, I have also been doing a much harder way to straighten horizons too. Thanks for that extra tip in there. :-)

  7. Worth a note: PS can also take up to 300 frames of a video and do the same thing automatically. This has the added benefit of reducing the grain inherent in the video.

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  9. Fred, great article/video. You made this seem easy to do. I own Lightroom and wish I could do something like this here. It does make another case to buy PS.
    Thanks.

  10. Joe beat me to it – but this is an awesome way of removing noise from images. Not just video footage, but also if you want to take a photo at high ISO.

    Here’s proof! I set my Nikon D200 to its H1.0 setting (~ ISO 3200). Hand-holding, I took 6 pictures on continuous in RAW. The light was really dim. I batch fixed the white balance and upped the exposure a bit. These are the results:

    An original. This is what you’d normally get.

    Median. This is a median of 6 images (just like the tutorial!)

    Noiseware Pro. For comparison, this is the original image, put through Imagenomic’s Noiseware Pro (a really good noise reduction plugin for photoshop).

    The median image has WAY less noise than the standard picture, and significantly more detail than the Noiseware image. I think the results are impressive.

    So, next time I’m forced into shooting at really high ISO, I’m definitely going to whack my camera on continuous and take a half dozen or so shots.

  11. Glad this tip was helpful. You all have inspired me to post more Photoshop Kung-fu tips! I’ve been thinking of trying this technique with fashion photography. For example having a subject stand completely still in an busy location while you take the images, then “disappear” the crowds (or traffic) around them.

    Imagine, a shot of someone standing alone in say Times Square. You could even photograph the subject in place separately, do the Median technique to get a background photo sans-people, then clone the subject into the scene. The possibilities are endless!

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