How to Use a Stand-In for Base Plate Image
Alright, so the other thing that I like to do is if I'm not hiking by myself, and say I have somebody with me, which, admittedly, is usually safer if you're out somewhere where you're not necessarily you're out in the forest or something and there's a risk of getting lost it's good to have somebody else with you. So in this case, if I'm hiking with somebody, that means that I could actually have them stand in and so I can figure out how tall I can make my subject. So that's going to look a little bit more realistic. So then I'm not going to be sitting here going like, "Well, how tall do I make this person if there's no doorway or nothing that's gonna say how tall this person should be in my frame?" I can have whoever hiking with me, stand in in a shot, and then I can understand exactly the height that I need. Do you have any questions on that or I can just jump into the -
No, actually I do have a few questions. How often do you, honest, do you just grab a man off the street? Have you...
ever grabbed a man off the street and -
No, well 'cause I'm never photographing anywhere there's other people.
Although, sometimes what I'll do is if there's other hikers ahead of me, I'll totally snipe them. I just make sure that their back is turned to me so that I can't see their face. But usually I'm not places, I go in off-seasons, so if I'm somewhere that's a very popular tourist destination in summer, I don't go until November. But that usually means the weather's crappy and I'm cold, but it just, it gives me what I'm looking for, which is not a bunch of people. So I was recently in Venice, Italy, and we were there doing the winter carnival and I had all of these amazing photos I wanted to take but there were way too many humans. And so the amount of humans, it kind of ruined a lot of it for me. Even though then I could've probably had accurate compositions of what the sizes of people could have been, I would've spent an hour and a half just clone-stamping out bodies, and I guess I just don't feel like doing it, so I was always going to places where there were no people and so in which case, then if you're using something like doorways, then you have a reference for how tall you can make somebody, and you can do like a scale. But otherwise, yeah, I'm not really I guess I don't like people enough to be like, "Oh my God, hey, how's it going? Can you do this for me?" I'd feel really awkward about it. But that's just my thing, I guess. I mean other people of course are more outgoing and brave that way. I'm not as much.
Yeah. So when you're shooting these backgrounds in these locations, how often do you do it sort of like panorama style? Do you move around to give yourself some cropping room?
Yeah, I do that a fair bit. So I don't ever travel with a tripod because the extra weight just fries my leg, but I like being able to just stitch together images especially when I'm shooting skies or something like that as well. I'll push the lens to 35 mill and I'll just shoot all the way across and then shoot up. And I'm just hand-holding it, and so I'm always making sure I have a fair bit of overlap, and the software right now is pretty good if you're stitching things together in panorama's. So there's a lot of options with the software. And then you can also, if you're half-way savvy with masking yourself, you can probably line it up using the warp tool and get it pretty close, and then clone-stamp some of the mistakes that are there. So, stitching is fun, but as soon as you make a really big file like that, then you're PSB file, cause there's no way it's a PSD file at that point, so people who are not sure of the difference between PSD and PSB a PSD will only save up to 2 gigs. A PSB doesn't have that limitation on it and you can save it a lot bigger. So if you're working on your files and you're like, "It's never saving, it always crashes." Save it as a PSB file as opposed to PSD and you'll be able to save a larger file. But yeah, if you're stitching, then your file is going to be massive, especially if you're compositing.