I wrote this tutorial for Promote Systems, LLC and it appears on their website. Unfortunately, the Promote Control, a truly awesome product, is no longer being manufactured. I am keeping this tutorial simply because the information here can be applied to any wireless trigger and intervalometer combination.

We all know that the Promote Control takes over when a photographic need exceeds the capability of the camera. When a timed exposure exceeds 30 seconds, the maximum time most cameras’ internal intervalometer can count, the Promote Control fills the gap. The Promote Control adds more depth to the camera control with extended bracketing capability for HDR, greater control over time lapse photography, bulb ramping, focus stacking and video control.

There are situations where a photographer may need to integrate the Promote Control with a wireless system in order to control the camera remotely. This tutorial will demonstrate how to connect a wireless system, such as PocketWizard, to the Promote Control. 

Sometimes we might like to get a photo of a busy scenic location without the people. The busier the place the more difficult this can become. This tutorial will show you how I took a photo at a busy garden with a constant flow of people. There are a few things to keep in mind while reading through this tutorial.

  • Some amount of planning is required while on location. You will need to take multiple shots of the same scene in order to capture different areas where people are absent.
  • Some of amount of work must also be done in Photoshop or another layer capable photo software program.
  • In addition to using layers, you may also need to clone, heal, patch, or use content aware fill.

Taking and organizing the shot

I have Lightroom open and I am looking at three images taken of the same scene. My camera was tripod mounted. I enlarged the thumbnails so we could see the bridge more clearly. I was interested in capturing the bridge and path without anyone on it. It is difficult to tell from the small images here, but there are also people on the top of the ridge. There was seating setup there and folks were camped out. I was unable to get a shot with that area clear, so we will use one technique to remove the people in the foreground and another to remove those on the ridge. You can see in the first two images there is no one on the bridge, however there is either a person approaching the bridge or on the other side. The third shot has someone on the bridge who, once he arrived, stayed there for as long as my camera was set up. Between the three photos I have a clear bridge and a clear path.

This article deals with photographing and subsequently correcting an image subject to light flare. The technique requires a minimum of two images.

Sometimes when photographing a backlit subject or other strong sources of light visible in the scene light bouncing around in the lens and camera can result in flares that are distracting in the final image. In some instances the flare can be fixed with a simple clone or healing brush, but this is not always the case. It is better if we can deal with flares in the field. The more you can do to correct problems while taking a photograph the less there is to do in post production.

In the following image a church was backlit by the sun. The sun was shining through the steeple, which made for a compelling shot. We can see there are a couple of light flares that would be difficult to remove in post production. 

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