How to Light a Green Screen on a Budget – TechSmith Tips

How to Light a Green Screen on a Budget – TechSmith Tips

This video will show you how to light a green screen on a low budget.

To pull off this technique, you will need a couple things. A camera, lights, a green or blue piece of cloth/fabric and some editing software. Green and blue backgrounds are more commonly used because they differ most distinctly in hue from most human skin colors.
It’s important that no part of the subject being filmed or photographed may duplicate a color used in the background. Digital cameras are most sensitive to the green channel, which therefore makes the footage least susceptible to noise and grain, so use that color when you can.

Lighting is the most important aspect of pulling off the green screen effect. But you don’t need to spend a lot to do so. We use clamp lights that you can get from any local hardware store that cost around $10 apiece. And you can find almost any cloth from a local fabric store or a quick google search for a reasonable price. Here is a link to the one we featured in the video.

Another tip is to keep in mind the color temperature of your lights. Here we are using flourescent lights on the green screen in the back and tungsten lights for our subject. This will help separate your subject from the background even more and help give them a warmer tone.
Another thing to keep in mind is reflections off of glasses and individuals with long/frizzy/spiky hair. These things can be tough for the camera to distinguish and can cause problems when editing later.

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