Few days ago, while cleaning the house I found a camera tripod which was left by the previous occupant. The uninterrupted rain kept me inside the house over the weekend. There I was with an idle mind and plenty of time to kill. And I decided to kill myself along with the time. Few clicks on the camera and few more on the computer resulted in these photos –

What I had –

  • A camera and not so sturdy tripod
  • Plenty of time
  • Theotrical knowledge on post-processing for cloning & layers

  • Some of the key points which makes it easy/simple to get the final cloned photo (Or in other words my learnings/observations from this time-kill experiment) –

  • Once camera is fixed on the tripod, be careful not to move the setup between the photos. That saves some effort in re-aligning them in different layers during processing.
  • Shoot in manual mode to have same exposures in all the photos.
  • Having a fixed light (shooting indoors for example) is better.
  • Have less clutter in the frame. And make sure to not to move other objects with in the frame unless required – leads to more effort during processing.
  • Once camera is set-up and focused, shift to manual focus mode. This is helpful if you are using a shallow DOF lens.
  • If its your first attempt, make sure you are not overlapping the objects/person you are plannign to clone. If you are noob like me when it comes to procesisng, you’ll have a tough time. Once you get hang of the processing raise the bar.
  • Use remote to shoot if you are alone, you get control on the time. If you don’t have one, try tethering your camera. Shoot from your laptop/PC. At then end – you have timer mode or ask your friend to shoot you.
  • (Optional, but helpful) Be creative. Don’t you think, looking at same you sitting in different places/positions is bit boring. 🙂
  • On all the three photos above, one can easily makeout the shoddy work that I’ve put in merging the images. Time to work on the processing skills and raise the bar. 🙂

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