We are often confronted with lockboxes near the entry of the homes we photograph. Cloning these out is rarely your best option. Instead, the best way to remove things like this from a photo is to "composite them out". So, next time you are in the field and confronted with a potential clone job, first ask yourself if you can use compositing to do the job. This compositing technique can be used with trash cans, TV and lamp power cables, or anything that is moveable within your frame.
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