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:
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SETTINGS
  • 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)

PLACEMENT
  • 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



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