SIGHTSEER’S TOOLS
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• It‘s good, to google places of interest, like Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie, but it‘s evan better to be guided in our vans.

• Está bien, googlear atracciones turísticas, como la Puerta de Brandenburgo, pero es aún mejor ser guiado en nuestras furgonetas.

• Es ist gut, Sehenswürdigkeiten, wie das Jüdische Museum zu googeln, aber es ist noch besser, in unseren Vans geführt zu werden.

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PHOTOGRAPHY TRICKS

Photographs are a great way to share and memorialize our epic round-the-world adVANtures, giving credence to the old adage of a picture being worth a 1.001 words. With social sites, the perfect photo capture has become the holy grail of social sharing.

But let’s be honest, where there’s an ancient temple or architectural wonder, there will always be a healthy appreciation for them. Unless you have unwavering patience or can convince hundreds of sightseers to get out of your shot, having to jostle for that awesome photo op is just part of sightseeing.

So what can you do when you get that insistent photo bomber or throngs of tourist who believe their polka dot shirts and oversized sun hats warrant more frame time than say…. The Brandenburg Gate? Don’t get me wrong, responsible tourism is a good thing, and I love the energy brought by fellow travelers, but every so often I want that postcard perfect picture. Well, short of applying for special licensing or waiting until after hours to take a low-light snapshot, there is a photo hack for this.

Through some easy initial setup and the use of free Gimp you can vaporize even the most persistent lookyloos (in pixels I mean, not real life). Before you run off and think, “Gimp is too complicated”, this photography trick is unbelievably simple.

Materials/Equipment:

1. Digital camera or Smartphone with Tripod attachment
2. Tripod
3. Gimp or equivalent program with median script
The first and probably most difficult task is finding that postcard worthy spot. Once you’ve elbowed your way into the perfect vantage point, stake your claim by setting up your tripod and follow these steps:
1. Attach the camera to the tripod for stability
2. Snap a photo every 10 to 15 seconds ensuring each subsequent shot is the same as the first one. Frequency and number of photos depends on how fast the people are moving
3. Upload all the photos to your computer
4. Open Gimp (or equivalent editing program)
5. Go to Files >Scripts>Statistics
6. In the dropdown menu select Median
7. Browse for all the files
8. Once all the photos are selected, click Ok

That’s it!

Gimp will then begin to bring the photos together, eliminating all the noise or non-static objects in the picture. The hack won’t work for quick one-off shots as it does require a series of photos in order to sew them into one image. Lastly, the subject of the photo has to be still, as the hack works to eliminate the moving elements.

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