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Nasrin Akter

Which is the best tool for background removal?

Quote: Jack Humphrey 03.05.17, 08:14I would modify your list to this:

1. Pen tool/Brush tool/Smudge Tool
2. Background Eraser/Eraser
3. Magic Wand/Quick Selection Tool
4. Quick Masking Mode
5. Select>Refine Mask/Modify
6. All three Lasso Tools

I use ALL of them to get to what I want. They all perform different actions but the objective is usually to isolate the background or some other part of the image. There is no one "best tool". It depends on the type of background.

I am totally agree with you that the tool should be chosen according to the background of the image. If the background is in solid color and if the edge of the images are not blurry/hairy then selection tools like magic wand tool, quick selection tool etc can work well. But in opposite cases it is better to choose Photoshop pen tool.
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jhon martinvish

What is the best dSLR camera out there right now?

This is a fairly old topic but I'd like to add a few words nonetheless. When it comes to starting photography from scratch people's thinking is too much focused on the camera. In order to take the "greatest" photos you need 3 "things": The "best" camera, the "best" lens and the "best" photographer. And of course money mustn't be an issue.

But if money is indeed an issue and the photographer is not that great it's a different game. Honestly I'd be more concerned about the lens than about the camera. Any DSLR can take great pictures with a good lens but even the most expensive pro camera will take mediocre photos with a cheap lens. So as a rule of thumb I'd divide my budget into thirds, one third for the camera and two thirds on the lens(es). I think that would get you the most bang for your buck. But of course only if you don't need further accessories like flashes, a camera bag, filters etc. If you need those you should maybe get one less lens and buy those things instead. But think of all those things, getting a camera is not enough.

Oh and as much as the lenses are concerned: Buy lenses for full frame sensors, even if you start with an APS-C body. This way you can later upgrade to a full frame camera without having to get a full set of new lenses.
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