How to Properly Light a Green Screen

How to Properly Light a Green Screen

Whether for shooting corporate videos or short films, nearly every videographer or penny-rate filmmaker has had a situation where they want/need to use a greenscreen for a project. Rest assured, most uses of green screen are done incredibly poorly, and it comes down to two different problems: people don’t take the time to key their footage, thoroughly, and they do a poor job of lighting the green screen. Learning how to key correctly is a science in and of itself, but green screen lighting can be done right, with time and patience, and will save you a lot of time in post-production. Here are some tips that can help you learn to properly light a green screen…

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Get a large enough space

First of all, you can’t light a green screen, correctly, in a small space. Trying to light a green screen in your bedroom is going to end with a massive amount of spill (green light bouncing around the room). Lighting a green screen takes space to do right. For this reason, it’s important to get a large space to utilize for your green screen shoot. Ideally, this means a studio or a sound stage. However, if need be, you could make do by converting a warehouse or a garage into such a space. Read More

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