Green Screen Tips

Important Chroma Key Green Screen or Blue Screen Tips

  • The secret to creating an easy to use chroma key background is to
    use soft lighting. Soft lighting produces near shadowless light.
    Shadows on a green screen or blue screen will make it more difficult to
    replace the background (with your photo or video) as the light levels
    will not be even. Soft lighting can be produced by using diffusion gel
    filters on light source, bouncing the light source or using fluorescent
    lighting.
  • Chroma Key Background / Backdrop must have even, seamless
    lighting across the entire area. No hot spots or dark areas. Check
    with a light meter or the auto exposure on your camera.
  • An important chroma key tip is to not have wrinkles in the
    green screen or blue screen fabric or backdrop. Stretch the chroma key
    backdrop tight.
  • Use separate set of lights just for lighting the chroma key
    background. Another set of lights should be used to light your subject.
    Three point lighting: Key, Fill, Back-light should be utilized when
    lighting your subject / product.
  • Distance is your friend. Move your subject as far away from
    the green screen as possible. 4ft would be a recommended minimum
    distance. As your subject is closer to green screen it creates two
    problems: A) a Shadow, B) Green light bounce back on to your subject
    which will then make it difficult to create a clean matte.

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