A recent comment from Paul on my October, 2008 post about Tourist Remover made me want to revisit this online app:

I agree with James – I think the demo ought to have about 50 or 60 big fat tourists in Time Square and show how they can be made to disappear.  That would be impressive.

Last Saturday morning I went over to the local Wally World to purchase a few items; afterward, sitting in my car, I tried to put my camera on the dashboard in order to photograph people walking into the store.  This worked exceedingly well; I managed to: 1) take some fantastic shots of my windshield wipers, and 2) become concerned that if someone saw what I was doing they might call the cops (I was sitting in the first spot in a row right near the entrance).  I started the car and went home.

One of these days when there’s a football game over at the local college, I’ll go over and take several shots of a few plays, and will then use Tourist Remover to erase all the players from the field.  Until then, the following is going to have to suffice for all the skeptics out there.

I took 5 shots of myself walking to and from the front door of our condo; obviously, the camera was on a tripod, and that’s certainly a plus:

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I dragged the 5 images into the Tourist Remover folder at Snapmania (see the original post for more details), and about 5 minutes later received an email saying my image was ready.  I dragged the modified image to “Download” icon in the Snapmania, and saved it to my pc.  Here it is:


As was the case with the image I did for the earlier post, a black line has appeared at the top and bottom of the image; it could easily be cropped out.  There’s no ghosting or other evidence of my image from the 5 shots.

I’m no shill for Snapmania – I have no relationship with them – but having been in the position of trying to take images of the Lincoln Memorial and other touristy attractions, I wish I’d known about this software years ago.  This additional illustration of what the app does may not satisfy everyone who’s skeptical, but in the testing I’ve done, it seems to work.

See it at Snapmania.com; note that although it was free when I first reviewed it, a subscription is apparently now required – it cost a few dollars to renew my account for a month.

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4 Comments on We revisit Tourist Remover

  1. James Baughman says:

    Awesome thanks for the update. I am not a skeptic but it just needs a really busy picture to see how well it can work. Like in your previous post you could see a headlight of one of the cars just wanna see what happens when there are lots of objects in one area. This post doesn’t help since you have it on a tripod which makes it easy to take a single picture with no one in it.


    Kevin Reply:


    If I can take several shots someday of a football game or something like that, I will. As for the tripod, it helps with the process in terms of the registration of the images. (Although I should point out that the app is supposed to be able to compensate for small shifts in camera position/perspective.)

    The software itself seems to work as advertised. I’m dying to try this at a tourist attraction to see how well it’ll work. I suspect you’d need to take a bunch of shots if there were a lot of people around while you were shooting.

    As for your final sentence, uh, no. I have no interest in misleading anyone, nor do I have any interest in or connection with the software co. Implicit in your statement is the notion that I’d take a shot with no one in the frame and say, “It worked!” Why would I bother? Much more importantly, why would I want to purposely mislead my subscribers and regular readers? I would not do that.


  2. James Baughman says:

    I wasn’t saying that you were trying to be misleading at all it just still gives base to skeptics. I know that you were using a tripod I read both the previous article and this one. I am the James that suggested the tourist thing. I just still want to see an awesome picture of NYC street with no one in it that’s all. Thanks for the article and the time that you are putting into it to show the extent of the application.


    Kevin Reply:

    Oh, ok – sorry I misunderstood. I’ll look for a situation that’ll provide a good test. …perhaps a shot of a busy street with a bunch of cars.


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