Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret. “Ralph Waldo Emerson “
Every now and then I see a photograph that has some really obvious landmarks. Houses, road signs, rocks, hills, and dams just to name a few. So bad, and so obvious people will even mention in the comments section mentioning the spot.
On the flip side, some people just erase the background. Usually it ends up in a blobby white or blue strip to mimic the sky and water. These photos, which usually have epic fish, also distract from the one thing you are showing off, the fish!!!
So, if you want to show a sweet fish off without giving the spot away and not make it slightly painful to look at, use a photo editing program!
Photoshop, depending on the version retails into the hundreds of dollar. Not something that everyone’s budget can withstand. It is really powerful however. You can do nearly everything with Photoshop and, in the hands of the right photographer can really make an image standout..
Gimp on the other hand is FREE! Yes, really, it is free. Not going to try to sell you anything, or there is no “30 day trial period.” It belongs to a class of software called “open source” and you do not have to feel like a criminal downloading it. It is free and legal to download here!!!! But, it is a little bit cumbersome and not as powerful. But, it gets the job done….. For free…
Now I took an image and saved the original. Then, I took one image and edited it in Gimp and one in Photoshop. I made an honest effort to make both of them look good, not necessarily the same, but good. I kept my editing time to 15 min per photo as well. I used just a few techniques to eliminate hard lines and recognizable objects. Here are a couple ways I went about the camouflaging.
Copy and Paste: By selecting a box, or even better, a random shape and copying it you can paste the same selection and move it over to cover up a recognizable object. Beware however, if you copy and paste a selection of trees and bushes and place them over water or sky, you will most likely end up with a hard edge. Hard edges are distracting and do not look natural. Also, copying and pasting one bush in multiple spots is also a giveaway that you have been tinkering with your photo.
The Healing Tool: It actually looks like a bandaid on both Photoshop and Gimp. This is what I use to get rid of hard edged lines when I am trying to blend. It can be overdone and can get a little blurry. It does however look better than the smudge tool.
Flip Image: If you flip the image you really can throw off people’s brains. You can do this in Photoshop and Gimp by going to the “Image” button one the command bar.
Here is what I came up with.
Keep people guessing!!!!