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Old Feb 5, 2005, 3:34 PM   #1
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Here is one I need help with, it is a shot of the US Air Force drill team.I took this during a performance at the Mall of America, as you can see, the background is quite "cluttered" and distracting. I would like to de-emphasize the background to make the subject stand out. I could of course select the drill team members, promote to a layer then blur out or apply any number of effects to the background, but with the number of people in the subject, this would get to be extremely tedious. I'm hoping someone has a more efficient way of doing this. This photo is one example of a number of shots I took of this demonstration, I included the EXIF data on the photo for reference. Any help will be greatly appreciated, thanks

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Old Feb 5, 2005, 9:54 PM   #2
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well Im not sure if this is the kind of thing you like but I had fun playing with it. In photo-shop create duplicate layer, desaturate, blur slightly, erase the soldiers and foreground. I dodged the white stripes etc on their uniforms. I also think you could crop some of the top of the photo off if you liked.

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Old Feb 6, 2005, 10:51 AM   #3
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Nice job there, and I agree a crop would be good here to place the team as the central focus, the on lookers don't add to the intrigue of the picture so they can go.
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