By Felica McGowian
This weeks blog, as promised, goes over green screen in the PhotoLynx software. We have 2 different software packages that you can knock green screen out in – Flow® and ImageMatch®. Flow® is our capture software. Inside of Flow, you can choose to use the green screen knock out yourself, or we also provide a Remote Image Service that is also easy to use. It is just a click of a button. ImageMatch is our main production software. With either of these products you can get a clean green knockout – if everything is just right.
While working at PhotoLynx, I have found green screen is a touchy subject! Some people get their feelings hurt when we tell them that the green may not be coming out so easily because there are too many shadows, the exposure is too dark, or the green screen backdrop is too wrinkled. We totally understand that everyone has their own perfect way of photographing green screen, but when using PhotoLynx software, making sure the basics are taken care of when photographing green screen can take you a long way and save plenty of time. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do your green screen work in the software, this just means it is going to take a little time to knock the green out. Having the correct lighting setup is one of the main keys to getting your green to knock right out. Another thing that will help is to make sure that your background does not have any wrinkles. These are just the basics to get you started.
Knocking out the green screen in the PhotoLynx software is based on having the correct RGB values. Those values are Red: 77, Green: 193, and Blue: 119. With these values, the green will drop right out, and your worflow with be smooth.
I recently photographed using green screen so to fine the perfect tools I Googled, YouTubed, searched every blog, and went over what I had learned at our MVP from last year so (which is coming up really soon, so sign up NOW!) .
- First, I used a wrinkle-free green screen pop out backdrop, which was still a little wrinkled, but setting up early helped most of the wrinkles fall out.
- I use a 3 lights. Two were at an angle behind the subject, and one was directly in front of the subject. Using this setup helped me to make sure the green screen backdrop had no shadows, and was fully lit. The light in front of the subject was to make sure the subject was lit properly. Alternatively, I have talked to many people who use 4-6 lights to light their green screen setup. This method can be very successful because the green screen backdrop was well lit.
- Another thing that helped was to have the subject about 5-6 feet away from the green screen backdrop, and 5-6 feet away from the camera. With this set up, the green will not reflect off the subjects hair, skin, or clothing.
Seems like a lot of work, but it’s not!
Two tips that I can give are
- Practice, practice, practice,
- Set up early to get everything just the way you need
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Following this helped me to instantly drop out the green in the PhotoLynx software. This made my workflow so much easier, and it also helped when it came to the subjects who decided to wear green…you know who I am talking about! Seeing this at PhotoLynx’s annual MVP, help me to see what the setup is supposed to look like, and also the outcome of what the correct setup will produce.
These are just some of the tips that I am giving that helped me to get my green screen backdrops to knock right out of the PhotoLynx software. Below you will also find a link to Mike Oakley’s setup guide of how he gets his green to automatically drop right out. If you have any of your own tips that work for you please feel free to share, or if you have any questions feel free to ask them.
PhotoLynx’s annual MVP will be held in June of this year, and this will be one of the topics talked about. Come out and get some education on the green screen workflow and PhotoLynx software. We would love to have you there!
Until next time…Be the Lynx, Feel the Lynx, PhotoLynx!
Mike Oakley’s Set Up Guide: https://s3.amazonaws.com/…/Mike_…/green+screen+set-up+v1.pdf
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