How to photograph crowded locations to look deserted

Your perfect shot can be ruined by people passing by. But there is a solution.

This portrait of actor Sotiris was shot on one of Melbourne’s busiest streets during peak shopping hours. Gina had pedestrians constantly in the frame and yet still managed to get this shot.

Have you ever found the perfect background for a portrait shoot only to have your shot ruined by someone walking past wearing a fluoro pink jacket and carrying bright green shopping bags? Yeah, Gina has too. It happens all the time.

Trying to clone people from backgrounds is a complete pain and never looks 100% natural.

The best way to avoid crowds is to schedule shoots at dawn or earlier. Unfortunately, this isn’t always feasible. There is a better way but it involves some pre-planning.

In this tutorial, Gina will show you how she shoots and edits portraits in crowded locations so that the only people in the shot are the ones you want to be there. You will learn:

  • exposure blending
  • simple techniques to remove people
  • lighting with Speedlight and grid spot
  • retouching harsh shadows
  • removing street signs.

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Gina Milicia is one of the most widely known and respected photographers in Australia. She is the master of capturing that ‘magical moment’... READ MORE

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