I actually think that finding other people's tripod holes could be very instructive, if not in the mind and technique of whichever famous photographer you've chosen to follow around, at least in the lesson that photography is all about light, and that light changes. I've been enjoying this recently. Tripod holes is exactly the right thing to do, so long as you find out when to move on from tripod holes and find your own voice.

Back to Crewdson, I agree with 36cm2 above:
As for Crewdson, his stuff is a bit too plasticky for me, but I do find the sheer scale of preparation required for his constructs to be interesting.
Well put.