Why You Should Sketch Your Composite
Why you should sketch your composite. So I'm gonna put this out to the crowd, why do you think sketching your composite is a good idea? And I'm not talking about high definition artwork here, I'm talking fancy stick people. (laughs) With like, colored markers.
For me, it helps me get an idea of what the finished product is gonna look at like and it gives me an opportunity to adjust things before I actually take the photo.
Totally, yup, and that's exactly it. When you're sketching it ahead of time, you already know what's your horizon line gonna be, your vanishing point. If you're sketching with color, you can start to know some of your color theory that your gonna use. Alright, so you start, like, piecing all these things together and literally fancy stick peoples. I've got some slides coming up in the future that will show you how stick people in my previous sketches can be (laughs). But sketching it is gonna keep everything in line so if you're up photographing a background piece...
s and you have your previous sketch already drawn up. Like say you're spending a week or so on this image, or longer, you can go out and you go, okay, I need a building shot at, you know, this angle. So you're saying, okay, I've got this, and this is my horizon line and then I want these two buildings coming this way. A lot of people in post production will photograph a building flat and turn it. Well, that doesn't work in reality because what you're doing is you're just flattening everything. So, what you're gonna do is you're gonna need to photograph that building with the same perspective cause if you have windows, let's use this. Okay, so if you take this and you just turn it flat, right, all of that information, those windows, are still gonna look big because we've just turned it sideways. Whereas if we turned this sideways in real life, we're gonna catch the spine of the book. Right, so this is why photographing it with the right perspective is really important and when you sketch your composite ahead of time, you know, going in, okay, this is what I need.
Just wanna let you know that we have... Wanna let the folks out there know that if you're new to Creative Live, you, right there on our course page, you'll see on the right is a chat button. That enables you to go to the chat rooms and have a global conversation with the other folks that are watching the class and a couple of folks also chimed in on seconding the, to get your perspective right, but also to have a clear visual idea of what your final results wanna be.
Totally, yeah, and we're gonna go into that more in depth with the next batch of, you know, nuclear bomb slides. So, but that's exactly it. So you're just gonna have a very clear idea of what you're doing, you're not gonna be wasting a ton of time cause compositing is time intensive and that's why a lot of people don't like to do it cause it takes forever but that's okay. (laughs) The next thing is the importance of mood boards and I'm gonna have an example of a mood board here going forward. The importance of mood boards is like one step further from your previous sketch. So you've got your, like, rough doodles of, like, human here, car explosion here, you know, whatever. Whatever it is you want on a composite. But then you're having your mood boards and okay, so your mood board is well, what's the color palette that I wanna use? Right, what kind of makeup do I want on my person, if I want any? What kind of costuming do I want? What kind of atmospherics stuff do I want going on? So you're just kind of building and growing on your previous sketch.