What you need to do green screen photography


1) You need a Camera
  1. Point and Shoot (OK)

This type of camera has a small built-in flash. Some cannot set white balance. They can seldom be placed in manual mode so they cannot work with external flashes. If you use this kind of camera make sure there is a lot of light on the green screen. Do not depend on the small flash to light your subject as it will cast harsh shadows.

  1. Fixed Lens SLR (Better)

This type of camera can often do much of what a full Single Lens Reflex camera can do. They often have built in flashes that can trigger external strobes, and they can set white balance and shoot in manual mode.

  1. Full SLR with interchangeable lens

The digital SLR interchangeable lenses is of course the best camera to use for any kind of photography. 

 

 

2) You need a Green or Blue Screen

There are many sizes and shapes of screens out there. If you’re just starting, buy a small screen but stay away from the plastic ones. Make sure that the screen you buy has a pocket sown in the top for the background stand. Screens that look lime green are best.

  1. Green Plastic Sheet (Not so good)
  2. Green Muslin (Fine)
  3. Green Woven Polyester (Fine)
  4. Green Chroma Key Paint (Fine)

(All better with a stand)



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3) You need to light the subject and screen
  1. Daylight

Taking the screen outside in the shade is a great way to get started in Green Screen Photography. Outdoor light creates very even lighting on the screen.

  1. Built in flash (Not recommended without diffuser)

The built in flash will cast harsh shadows on the subject.

  1. Flood lights (Ok)

Flood lights with out umbrellas are ok but not as good as full continuous studio lighting.

  1. On camera flash (Better than built–in, but use caution)

The larger area of the flash and the fact that it can be bounced off the ceiling can make this flash useful. Make sure the subject is not standing too near the green screen when photographed or flash will result in shadows.

  1. On camera flash with diffuser (Good)

There are all kinds of diffusers, but they all attempt to do the same thing. They try to soften the light from the flash so that it does not cast harsh shadows on the subject. In green screen photography we also want flattering lighting, but more importantly we do not want shadows on the green screen itself. These devices can really help soften those shadows. Probably the best is the LightSphere (Shown second), but it will only work with an external flash.

  1. Studio Lights (Best)

Studio lighting makes use of reflectors called umbrellas and softboxes. No matter how good a diffuser, is it is still a single light source. With studio lighting you will have two or more light sources. There are books written about studio lighting, so a complete discussion is beyond the scope of this article. There are two types of studio lighting: continuous and strobe. You need continuous lighting if you´re going to do video, as each frame needs light. For photography we only need light when we snap the shutter. This type of lighting is called strobe lighting. Most photographers use this type. It is cooler, and the model or customer does not have a bright light in their face at all times.

Strobe Studio Lights

 

For a good source of studio lighting equipment try Owens-originals.
http://www.owens-originals.com/

 

 

4) You need software to process the Green Screen Image

Now that you have a green screen image, you need to combine it with a background. In order to do that you need green screen software. We sell two types of green screen software. The first type it as a standalone product that does not require Photoshop or any other software. This is our most popular product and we call it the standalone product. We also sell a Photoshop plug-in for Photoshop. The plug-in runs inside a Photoshop and of course requires Photoshop or Photoshop elements in order to work. It is the only product we offer for the Macintosh computer at this time.

We offer three versions of the standalone software:
1. The full version which supports basic green screen processing
2. A Pro version which has additional features to create even a wider variety of effects.
3. The Pro batch version has all the features of the Pro version then adds automation capabilities and the exciting Event Mode.

You can learn more about these products by clicking on the more information button in the tables below.

Green Screen Wizard Full is a FULL FEATURED standalone program for doing Green Screen Photography. It is our premier product used by over 8,000 photographers.

   


 

o Full Digital Download $129.95
o Software
Package
Choose this option if you would like to select delivery options, discounts on the Essential DVD or buy a green screen for as low as $19.95;
Click here to create a custom package.

 

Green Screen Wizard Pro is packed with advanced freatures to help free your creativity, perfect for running a Green Screen Photography business. It offers batch processing, some unique overlays and very cool special effects.

 

 


o Pro Sudio Editor Digital Download
$199.95
o Pro Studio Digital Download with Batch $249.95
o Software
Package
Choose this option if you would like to select delivery options, discounts on the Essential DVD or buy a green screen for as low as $19.95;
Click here to create a custom package.

 

For people that own Adobe Photoshop and would prefer to use Green Screen Wizard in Photoshop we have the Photoshop Plugin Version.

Green Screen Wizard Photoshop Plugin is used by photographers that already own the  Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements. This plugin integrates the powerful Green Screen Wizard Chroma Key engine with Photoshop. Experienced users have all the editing, file loading, and effects offered by Photoshop, with the easy green screen replacement provided by Green Screen Wizard.

 


o Windows Photoshop Plugin Download $149.95
o Mac Photoshop Plugin $149.95
o Software
Package
Choose this option if you would like to select delivery options, discounts on the Essential DVD or buy a green screen for as low as $19.95;
Click here to create a custom package.

 

5) You need quality Digital Backgrounds

Green Screen Wizard can use any JPEG file as a background. There is no need to buy our backgrounds to create great photos with Green Screen Wizard. That being said, it takes a lot of time to find good background photos, so Green Screen Wizard has created a series of superior background disks.  
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