Scale Aviator International Magazine Issue 3 - Page 79

will match. Think for a moment. If your BG-photo We will need these figures when we move on to had the sun shining down from the right, and you the 2nd-phase of our project, which is photographing just put your model on the ground and took a photo our scale-model aircraft. of it with the sun coming from, say, the left, nothing you could ever do from this point on would make it look correct to a viewer’s eye. The end result Phase-Two: would stand out like the proverbial sore thumb and nd Welcome to the 2 - phase of our project. Here shout…FAKE! is where we start to get tricky, and the fun begins. At this point, it is probably becoming fairly clear It really helps to shanghai a willing accomplice for these following steps. To be honest, It helps even as to why we also take these photos at the same if they aren’t that willing. At this point we need approximate time of day to the BG-photos. When another day with very similar weather conditions we do, the sun is shining on our model the same, to ‘Phase-One’ when we took our BG-photos. This and the shadows are also the same length. is important so the photos we take on this day of Here is where your accomplice comes in our scale-model match the look of our BG-photos. handy. Bring along some solid colored cardboard, We also need to take these photos at the same approximate time of day as the BG-photos, so the choosing a color that contrasts strongly to the major color of your model. What we will attempt to shadows and light-intensity match. do here is separate the plane from the background Scout out a location that has very similar looks in this photo. This will make it a lot easier later to the one in your BG- photos. I used the empty to cut it out from the rest of these photos. In control-line area of my local RC flying field. As Hollyweird, this is the point where the crew would my original BG-photos were taken on the asphalt use green or blue-screen behind the model, which in front of some hangars, I will try to take these can be made invisible later using a digital optical photos in similar conditions. Our ultimate goal here process. Unless you have a bunch of this handy, or is to photograph our scale-model in a situation as have the budget to buy the special Ultimatte-paint, close to our BG-photos as possible, as this makes which last time I checked, was selling for around blending all these elements together much easier $250.00/gallon, stick with solid colored board. In my case, a biplane has lots of fine wire-rigging, so later in ‘Phase-Three’. I chose white board as it is neutral and would be Going back to my scale-model, it is a Hangar- easy to trim away from the fine wires. Nine Sopwith-Camel ARF 60, and it is 1/6th scale. My very good and long-suffering friend, So now, we will have to think everything in 1/6th scale. Obviously, you will need to tailor this scale Anthony Ramirez, held up the boards behind my to match the scale of your model. So once we have scale-model to help separate the plane from the our location, we need to place our model in the unwanted background clutter. q same position of the compass as in our BG-photos. A quick look at our notes, and we see that the first photos placed the plane facing 328-degrees NNW. Find a good place to set your model down, and align it to face the same compass-heading numbers you have in your notes. This assures us that the light-source is coming from the same direction, and this means the shadows will be in the same direction as well. This step helps ‘sell’ our final ‘assisted-reality’ photo. Since the sun is in the same relative position to our model as in our BG-photo, the two photos 79