PHOTOGRAPHY - Taking Pictures in the Greenscreen area

Lighting-3point.jpgThe greenscreen area is useful for controlled lighting, and to make it relatively easy to replace backgrounds in photoshop. There are a few tricks that are necessary to make the images as "clean" as possible:

1. Locate Your Subject
  • Place your subject(s) near the FRONT edge of the green stage so that:
    • You minimize the reflection of green light on their face and clothing
    • Angle your camera so there is a flat, seamless wall behind them
2. Lighting
  • Arrange lighting so that there are
    • No shadows on the back (green) wall
    • No "hotspots" on the back wall
  • Use the three point lighting kit (consult setups on mediacollege and wikipedia)
  • The slave flash can be used for more intense backlighting, but it is VERY bright compared to the other (CFL) lights

Camera Settings
  • Create a MANUAL WHITE BALANCE to ensure true colours
  • Use a TV (Timing Priority) Mode of about 13ms

Here are some settings that have worked for us in the Yearbook room:

  • CANON S3
  • Tv Exposure Mode - 1/13 exposure timing works well (use the left/right joypad to adjust)
  • ISO Auto
  • Manual White Balance Settings
  • (Aperture 3.2)

  • The Slave Flash can be placed ABOVE and slightly behind your subject;
  • It must be placed OUT OF LENS, or it will create a nasty flare that degrades your image quality
  • It can be about 6 feet away from your subject

The Greenscreen area is convenient for using the Slave Flash, but be careful to observe the following:
  • Have your subject stand at the FRONT EDGE of the greenscreen stage to keep green wall reflections from tainting their skin colour

Consult the GREENSCREEN photoshop tutorials after you've taken your picture