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How to Quickly Remove Power Lines from Photos

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Those pesky power lines are the bane of every landscape photographer! Alright, maybe I am exaggerating a bit but I don’t think Ansel Adams had to deal with as many as we do, back in his day. Luckily for us, we have something that Ansel didn’t have: Photoshop.

Even with Photoshop, removing power lines can sometimes be a tedious and exacting activity, especially when they happen to be in front of complex backgrounds. You can use smart tools like the healing brush and content-aware fill, but it can take a lot of time to do a clean job that leaves no traces.

There is one very quick and effective technique I learned some time ago that gives good results in a very short time. The only caveat is that you must plan to use this technique at the time of shooting because it is based on taking two exposures from slightly different camera heights.

I wish I could remember where I first saw this technique explained, but my memory fails me. If anyone can point to its originator, please leave a link in the comments so that we can give proper credit.

The video below gives a quick walk-through of the necessary steps. As you will see, it is straightforward and usually gives perfect results.

About Author Ugo Cei

Ugo Cei is a fine-art travel and landscape photographer from Italy. If you were to ask him what he does, he would say that he is an educator who helps photography enthusiasts sharpen their skills, so that they can take amazing pictures.

He does this in various ways. First of all, by providing a wealth of free content here on Visual Wilderness and on his own website.

He leads photography tours and workshops to some cool destinations, including Tuscany, Venice, Milan, Tanzania, and others.

He co-hosts and publishes a weekly podcast about travel photography, The Traveling Image Makers. Every week, they pick the brains of famous and not-so-famous travel photographers to learn what it means to travel for the love of photography and photograph for the love of travel.