How to Take Green Screen Photos

Learn how to take green screen photos from professional photographer Luke Ballard in this Howcast video.

Transcript

Greenscreen photography can be a really technical, complex procedure. Having said that, it can also be quite simple. Firstly, it doesn't need to be green. Any solid color with contrast will allow you to select the subjects in your photograph to transport them to something else. It's also really important to try and pick good backgrounds. Something that's going to suit. This was taken from ComicCon, where a lot of cosplayers are running around, having a fantastic time, as were we, taking their photographs. So, with something like that, I wanted a, a psychotic background to put it on, as you can see. What you've got to be careful of, when you're working with greenscreen, is that you are getting every element using, you can use the magic wand tool in PhotoShop, you can use the quick selecter tool. I like quick selecter.

And that let's you pick just what you need, and remove what you don't need, from the photograph. Like I said, it doesn't need to be green. Any color that's contrasting against your subject will allow you to select it. Once it's selected, it's quite simply a matter of copying it on to a new layer, and ammending any of the lighting that you need, or the exposure that you need, so that it blends nicely in with your background. At the end of the day, you want the background and the foreground to appear fairly seamless. But it is a lot of fun. You can take photos of yourself and put them in Egypt, or put them in Paris. Have a bit of fun with greenscreen, have a bit of fun with Photoshop layers.

A final thing to keep in mind, when you're shooting with greenscreen, is to keep your subjects evenly and well lit. Keep it as uniform as possible. Any shadows that you have appearing on your greenscreen are going to make it a little bit harder for you to select that part of the image. If there is a little bit of shadow at the feet, it's okay to leave that in because, at the end of the day, we want a level of three dimensionality in our photograph.

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