Will They Ever Leave?
It must be winter with its long nights as finishing questions are floating in. The most common question this week has to do with backgrounds, in particular, aviation photos with people in them. The email usually goes something like, “How do you have static photographs with nobody in the background?” The first part of my answer is, I wait just a few minutes because folks never stay in one place for long. You don’t have to say a thing, no dirty looks or throw anything, just wait. Folks attention span just isn’t very long so just wait. Now there are times when something might be happening so you don’t have a minute, in that case, we have this amazing tool, Photoshop!
Case in point, while in the UK this past August during our workshop, we had the amazing opportunity offered us to photograph the entire HAC squadron outside. They don’t get pulled out often so the public was all over them. In this case though the clock was not on our favor, needed to get the shot now. So what I do is wait but only wait as long as it takes for the folks to be as small a portion of the photo as possible. Then removing them in post is a snap. So shooting with the D5 / 24-70VR, I put the camera to my eye and the moment I see the smallest amount of people in the frame, I go click. Then I make them go away in post. How do you do that? Well it just so happens I have a class over on KelbyOne that goes through that. The answer to where they will ever leave is yes, either in life or in the digital darkroom, one way or the other they will be gone!