Green Screen Photography

Ever wonder about green screen photography? Taking a portrait against a green screen allows removing the green background and replacing it with another image. During Winterfest Studio 300 took over 200 green screen pictures, and you can see the images here. Now you can learn to do this yourself. Here are some secrets to creating amazing green screen composite images!

In our video studios we have a green screen curtain already in place so set up for that is simple. We also have some overhead Lowel lights already in place which light the green screen from above. We added four additional Lowel caselite 2 fixtures, to provide smooth, even light for our patrons. We set two Lowels about 5 feet high and two at about 3 feet high directed at our target center. One great tip when taking green screen photo or video is to have your subject or talent be at least their height in front of the green screen, this minimizes the shadows cast by your subject.

We used the Canon T4i DSLR camera to take our shots. We used a 15ft Tether Pro cable, in conjunction with Adobe Lightroom 5 software to directly import the images and be able to work on them in Photoshop CC. Tether photography works great, you can view the images on your computer as soon as they are taken. There is a slight delay in the import process but it works great. Viewing these images on the iMac allowed us to quickly check that we took the best possible image.

Photography is an important part of our lives, we take images of moments we want to preserve. Green screen allows us to take images further into the artistic realm of limitless possibility. Having a great green screen image and using software such as Photoshop or Gimp (both available in Studio 300) allow you to use your imagination and creativity to create amazing composite images. We’ll save the process of finishing the green screen composite for another blog post.