Time for a Window
Do you have time for a window? When you’re pushing the clock or the light, there are times when you have to make the call, go for perfect or Photoshop? Such was the case last week when at 22:00 putting in the last new window would take the mechanics way into the wee hours to install a window. When I knew I could replace the window in less than a minute in post, I said leave it out and go to bed. While not my preferred option, it was the practical and right one. But just “Photoshopping” is not the answer either, you still gotta look at the light even at the computer.
First, I got the shot right in the camera, shooting with the Z7 / Z24-70f4 at zero comp to keep the effect of the ground fog. Then in post, I created a empty layer, then selected the window frame of the missing window. Then I simply used the Stamp Tool to clone the reflection from the window to the Left into the selected space. The window to the right is at a different angle so its light is wrong for my missing window. If I didn’t point it out, you might not have noticed the window is missing in the first place but I knew and that was enough. There are lots of tools we must know and master in photography. Time management, ours and our clients is definitely one of them. Having skills with Photoshop can at times permit your client to have more time and that’s something they never forget!
zoom in on “replaced” window