Purchasing a green or blue screen to get into chroma key photography is an exciting way to expand your skill set. There is a ton you can do in post-production with a green screen that you can’t do without one. Here’s a quick guide to using a green screen:
Best Practices For Lighting
When you’re using a green screen, lighting matters more than it does with many other types of photography. The main objective is to light your subject evenly. Don’t experiment with lighting techniques and shadows during green screen shoots. Ultimately, your subject should be lit better than the background.
In addition to using the green screen you’ve purchased, make sure you have two lights on hand to shine on either side at a 45-degree angle. If you have one, integrating a third light to shine behind your subject is even better.
Where To Place Your Subject
The placement of your subject in relation to your green screen is extremely important. They should be at least six feet away from the screen when you’re shooting. If they’re too close, you’ll run the risk of “green spill,” which is nearly impossible to clean up in post-production.
Recommended Camera Settings
- ISO – Use a lower value, usually 100, to avoid the speckled transparency mask that can be caused by high noise levels.
- Shutter Speed – Generally, 1/60 or 1/100 is a good place to start, depending on the intensity of your flash settings. What matters most is that the shutter stays open long enough to prevent any delays between the shutter and the remote flash.
- Aperture – You’ll want to stay on the narrow side to keep the focus on your subject as clear as possible. This will go a long way in ensuring that you’re able to cleanly extract them from the image in post-production.
Taking digital photos with a green screen can open you up to a whole new world of creative possibilities. Don’t forget to upload your best green screen photography into Your Art Gallery to impress your friends, family and potential customers!