Shooting a Clean Blue/Green Screen

Perhaps the most problematic shooting condition for most amateur or intermediate videographers and cinematographers is blue/green screen chroma-keying production. This technique has been around for decades. It has been used for projects ranging from special effects in motion pictures and television to the meteorological graphics on the evening news. It is now possible for even the smallest budget production to have good results with a minimal setup in either a studio or outside. The key (no pun intended) is to light the blue or green screen behind the subject evenly, without creating "spill" onto the subject or creating too much of a difference in background/foreground exposures.

Chapter Contents

Blue versus Green Screen

Green Screen Materials

Lighting the Green Screen and Subjects

Matching the Subject Lighting to the Composition Environment

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