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  • Lighting for green screen photo booth

    Posted by Neil Orman on August 24, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    I’m a video producer for a nonprofit, and I’ve done green screen video shoots sporadically in my years doing this. Because of that, my employer has tapped me to help set up a ‘green screen photo booth’ for an event we’re having. And I’d be grateful if anyone will give their two cents on our plan for this booth idea, which concerns me and we could still ditch (or rethink at least), because our event is still a month out. I also has 2 specific questions at the end. Has anyone done anything like this, or could you assess our wacky plan? On this plan, I’m only being consulted on this late, and they’ve already hired a freelance photographer, who I don’t know and apparently has never done green screen photography. My only task is supposed to set up the green screen so this photographer can simply snap photos at our event, and voila, we have a ‘green screen photo both’ (where we’ll insert backgrounds my graphic designer colleague is making). But when I’ve done green screen shoots for video, I’ve always tested them beforehand to make sure they work, and I don’t even know the photographer in this case (and thus there likely wouldn’t be any testing). The current plan is I’ll bring in my big green screen in a room we’re planning to use (where I’ve never shot or lit before – we usually use a nearby studio that my colleagues think is too far for eventgoers to walk), and has large natural windows that apparently have screen we can close. And I guess I’d light the green screen for this photog, who will light the subjects. Anyway, so many aspects of this concern me, and I think we should come up with something else as a fun activity, which is supposed to be part of my employer’s anniversary celebration. Among my biggest concerns are I’ve only shot/lit for green screen videos, not photos. And they were always ones I was shooting myself, so I could test out the set-up in advance.) Along with any quick feedback on this plan (like ‘this sounds dumb, don’t do this’), I’d also appreciate responses to 2 specific questions: Is lighting for green screen photography the same as lighting for green screen video shoots? Also, does keying out the green work the same in Photoshop that it works in After Effects? Or feel free to chime in on any other aspects of this.

    Thanks very much either way,

    Neil

    Neil Orman replied 9 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • John Fishback

    August 24, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    I have no experience with green screen photography, but a lot with video. You mention how you test for video shoots. I think you should insist that you have a test with the photographer present. His or her lighting could seriously impact the light on the green screen, negatively affecting the eventual key. Even if the photographer wants to be paid for the test, tell your boss it’s an investment in success. Without the test, the end result might fail.

  • Neil Orman

    August 24, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    Great advice and will do, thanks John!

  • Neil Orman

    August 25, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    If anyone else has feedback on this, I’d also appreciate responses to 2 specific questions: Is lighting for green screen photography the same as lighting for green screen video shoots? Also, does keying out the green work the same in Photoshop that it works in After Effects?

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