In the first section here I'll be discussing camera's, and the usage of them.
Camera's, in the crowded streets of the mix are limited and limiting for a reason.
When I hear descriptions discussed, I often here the 100 foot gaze rule be brought up, what can you see about a person from 100 feet away in a crowd.
Think of cameras like that but magnified through a grain filter and an inability to focus your gaze.
I'm gonna give you a quick three relatively high res relatively grain free pictures here, of large crowded slums in real life. I want you to think about these shots in motion, and then think about getting a feel for any one person, in totality within these crowds. Enough to get a solid ID through something like a heavy hood or cloak.
Do you think, if you were forced to pull someone out of a line up. That you could identify definitively anyone in these pictures if the crowds were moving? Do you think your character could, depending on their INT and PER and Forensics levels?
So the next thing I want to discuss, is granularity of contact?
Because really granularity of contact, is what makes or breaks a claim of Disguise Meta. I tend to use a 3 detail rule, but I'm quickly realizing that this can often be too under-detailed. And wishywashy. So. Here's my advice for this. If you cannot identify 5 key granular aspects that you've taken note of ICly and OOCly? Don't ID a target immediately.
What's a key granular aspect?
TP or LP
Clothing colors and style
Weapon variety or style
Armor coloring and style
probably some things I'm forgetting about,
Any single aspect, SINGLE aspect, can be a granular feature. If you can grab 5 of these, you should probably, given stats and time around this person, be able to identify them. At the same time... Be very aware sometimes your character may simply be too dumb to figure it out. Keep the idea of the information relayed in help stats firmly in mind for situations like this. Someone with an int below around M may require prodding to figure identities out. Someone with an Int below like P might just have no chance at all of that.
So that all said, what's next? How do you as a disguised person, improve your chops?
The first is, all those individual granular key factors? You can change 90% of them, often times without much issue. Do that.
Think about disguise less as a blanket of security and more as a paranoiac matter of life and death. Have 2 shrouds rather than one, and never get seen in the one you use for work outside of work. Have three voices you practice consistently icly. Use one for daily life, one for anonymous phone calls and one for time spent working in your work shroud. Start wearing a certain variety of perfume or scent that you put on for daily life, but change for ops work.
Become as good at manipulating the disguise systems OOCly as your character is ICly at disguising.
This ended up a wall of text, but I hope it helped.