Removing Moving Objects

Use this function when you want to photograph a certain object, but other objects that you do not want in the picture keep moving around it—for example a monument surrounded by tourists. Prepare for this function by taking pictures of the object at several time intervals. Then use the function to join them into a single picture. For each part of the final picture, the function only uses the part of the picture that best matches the other pictures. Therefore, when taking your source pictures, make sure that for every area in the picture's subject, there are at least two shots where nothing is blocking it. Although shots from a tripod work best, you can also shoot by hand—the function straightens them out before starting. We strongly recommend using exposure locking and manual white balance for your source shots.

After selecting source pictures in the Browser, use Create | Join Multi-exposures | Remove Moving Objects…to start the wizard. To fix any mistakes you might have in your selection, use the wizard's first step. In the next step, the pictures are automatically aligned (straightened). Double-check the alignment and manually fix it here if needed. For advice on checking and fixing alignment, see the Help section for Align Pictures , which contains a similar window. In the next step, the final picture is created. Use Blur edges for smooth transitions between parts taken from different pictures. Use Duplicate Objects to bring all the removed objects back into the final picture. Use this technique for creative images where e.g. a single object in a photo is in several different places in the picture.

With poor source materials, the final output can sometimes contain scraps of the objects that were removed. Use manual correction to handle this. In the place that you wish to adjust, drag out a frame, and in the next step of the wizard, choose which source picture to use for the area in the frame.

In the last step, you can either save the final picture to file or open it in the Editor, where you can continue editing it.