Ever wanted to take a picture of something spectacular – the Lincoln Memorial, Michelangelo’s David, or the like – only to have tourists milling around in the frame?
If you’re reasonably competent with Photoshop you can probably remove them, but what about the rest of us?? Look no further than Tourist Remover from snapmania.
The first time I tried it, I took the following 3 pictures (sorry, no David, no Lincoln Memorial, but it should serve to illustrate how it works) —
I dragged the 3 images into the “Remove Tourists” utility (shown below) in my snapmania album, and a few minutes later the corrected image showed up in the album.
Here’s the corrected image:
Note that a black frame has appeared around the image; this of course could easily be cropped out. Also, I notice a slight ghosting effect immediately below the first pine tree. (Click on the photo to see it better.) It appears to be from the bright reflection on the front of the car in the second image… but overall, not bad!
Snapmania is FREE (along with 100MB of storage space;) signing up takes a few moments. As for your photos, you need to take several of your subject – a minimum of three. Handheld is OK; of course a tripod would be best. Best results are achieved when your “unwanted objects” appear as differently as possible in each frame in the series. For the example above, I did use a tripod.
You can find snapmania by clicking here. Who knows – I bet you may have a few shots in your photo album already that might be candidates for this program… give it a shot!
If you’ve used Tourist Remover, please comment and let us know how it worked out!!
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