Vacation Photos Don’t Need Integrity

It was the last day of my vacation in Antigua Guatemala and I was up early grabbing some shots around the central park before heading off to the airport. It was a beautiful morning, one of the few that was not blanketed with clouds and or rain. After shooting some of the sites I headed back to the hotel with hopes of grabbing a shot of the front of the hotel where I stayed. The only problem was that the sun had started creeping over the roof line, which made it hard to keep the glare out of the frame. There was also a car parked off to the left, which sort of ruined the whole aesthetic of the facade. Time for a little Lightroom and Photoshop.

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The first thing I did was adjusted the image in Lightroom like I would any photo. Next I opened the image in Photoshop and put the new Content Aware Fill into action. I also wasn’t a big fan of the power meter and some of the added signs on the door. To me, they were detractors from the actual charm of the entrance. Once I got rid of them with some cloning and more Content Aware Fill, I popped the image back into Lightroom. Then I finished things off with some more processing in the Develop panel. Now I have an image that, while not exactly accurate in terms of all the blemishes that were really there, is more reminiscent of the building that I recall fondly in my memories.

Remember that photography is also art and art is interpretation. So unless you are covering your vacation for the New York Times, don’t be afraid to make your photos what you want them to be. It’s half the fun of digital photography.


  1. Love the changes of the vacation photo! Good stuff!

  2. I really appreciate these before/after shots with some explanation. Superb photo and interpretation. Just goes to show you never know when you’ll get a nice memorable shot.Thanks.

  3. WOW, this really made an awesome image out of a holiday ‘snap’. Also liking the before/ after shot.

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