A Follow Up On PFRE Coaching – Kerry Bern Does Personalized Video Tutorials

September 21st, 2014

KerryBernLast month we setup the PFRE coaching page and several PFRE Coaches have told me they are actively coaching people.

Kerry Bern told me last week that:

Thanks to the coaching directory that you created I started working with a lady located in the Portland area. In the first set of images she sent me was an image where she had problems removing her camera and tripod reflection from the mirror of a bathroom. She asked specifically what is the best way to remove the reflection. I felt it would be best to show her how to do it rather than trying to explain it in an email or over the phone. So I asked her to send me the original RAW image and I made a video tutorial of how I remove those types of reflections trying to explain as I went along why I was doing it this way.

We’ve all had this problem in bathrooms where there is so much glass it’s impossible to get the camera or the camera and yourself out of the mirror. Thanks Kerry for sharing your tutorial with everyone. If you are in need of help getting started in real estate photography or videography checkout one or more of the PFRE coaches.

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16 Responses to “A Follow Up On PFRE Coaching – Kerry Bern Does Personalized Video Tutorials”

  • Thanks Kerry for doing the videos. Showing someone with home images how to use the software seems to work better than using a portrait or beach scene since homes are the subject we are interested in.

  • Kerry, thanks for the video, I have a couple of my own. The most important key when doing any of these mirror replacements is to make the best selection you can. Then clone or smudge or edit–>paste into, and you’re good to go. If there’s detail in the mirror reflection you’ll want to clone or paste into. If there’s a flat wall, smudge could work very well.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm5Gqj109Eo

  • Thanks Kerry,
    not being a big Photoshop user, this was very helpful.
    Most of my images are processed with Lightroom, and try to do most my image removal from there. but have gone into PS and used the content aware tool (which sometimes works) obviously, your method works better and should be learned.

    also used ACDSee Pro for some removal and post processing.

  • @Scott, very useful technique. Thanks

  • Kerry,
    Thanks for creating the video, very helpful. I am also one of those people who have never gotten comfortable using the pen tool, but you did a great job in explaining how to go and use it.

  • Scott,
    Thanks to you as well. Will definitely use your and Eric’s helpful tips the next time I need to remove a camera from the reflection of a mirror.

  • Another way would be to use the PS lasso tool to encircle the camera, right click on the selected area, choose the fill option, use the USE menu to select “Content Aware” with setting at 100% and the camera will disappear about 90% of the time when you click on OK. The algorithms in the software guess what needs to be in place of the camera based on the surrounding pixels.

  • Good tip Ken Weaver.

  • I agree with the above comments. Could not be more helpful. We have all encountered the mirror and then the multiple mirrors each reflecting each other. Sometimes just shooting from a low angle can help just leaving a bit of the camera showing as long as the photographer him/her self hunkers down out of the shot. A remote trigger can help there. But this is undoubtedly the best solution give time in post production.

  • Thanks everyone for the positive comments. Glad I was able to show you one method to remove mirror reflections. Scott also provided us with a couple of other methods which you should also include in your “tool box”.

    The main intent for me creating these videos is the client can see what can actually be done to correct flaws in their own images. That way the client can practice/perfect the method using their own images. I feel this way is better, for the client, rather than me showing how to do something in LR or PS using my images.

    @Scott…What screen capture software are you using?

    Thanks Larry for posting this.

  • Thanks Scott.

  • @Kerry, nice job on the video. I skipped ahead to get to the meat of your technique and I’m not sure if you covered this, but I would suggest emphasizing the goal of getting the background behind the camera you want to remove as simple as possible. The picture that you worked on was a good example of how easy it can be to paint out the camera if it’s against a plain wall.

  • Doing videos is a great idea, kudos. Personally, I’ve found that I can very easily fix most of these types of things with Photoshop content aware brush. It’s very smart and gets smarter with each iteration. I’ve removed my entire camera from a mirror using just content aware in 30 seconds or less many times. =)

  • @ Ken – Thanks Ken. Yes, I did make sure she knew that this was a good example to use this method on due to the reflection behind the camera was a plain wall and that this method would not work in other situations.

    @ Sean – Thanks Sean. I use content aware a lot in PS. Most of the time it is my “go to” method for removing items from an image. But, with this image I highly doubt that it would do an adequate job.

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