Eve Hazelton lighting tutorial number 3: Lighting for greenscreen
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This is the 3rd and final lighting blog by Eve, all about lighting for greenscreen!
If you want to support her and one of the most interesting kick-starter projects I have seen then please do. You only have until the 31st of December so hurry up and show your thanks!! I think it’s simply brilliant! They have now added a $50 reward which is a downloadable 1 hour lighting tutorial by Eve! Great stuff!
Ok – so for this one you really need to watch the video above, but I will outline the most important tips below:
1. Background Plate
Find out as much about your background plate as possible – it’s the only way to get a convincing final result!
Where are the lights that will be affecting your subject?
What type of lights are they? Hard/Soft? Warm/Cool?
What lens was used?
What camera settings were used?
Where and how was the camera set up?
2. Use your fist!
It’s a great way to look at the light in your scene. Remember to always look from the camera’s perspective – and cut out those lights to see the key without the fill, the backlight without the key etc.
3. Even Lighting
The most important think about lighting the screen is to keep it even!
Soft lights like CFLs, fluorescent tubes or our LED lights are superb for this as they don’t throw shadows or patterned light onto the screen.
Once you have the light nice and even, pop a still over into photoshop and crush the contrast, this will allow you to see hotspots and shadows and correct for them!
Ideally, your entire screen should be lit within a 10% window of your exposure – get everything between 50% and 60% and you will be set.
4. Light the Subject
Now for the tricky bit! Take all the light information from your background analysis and recreate that lighting as best you can to that your subject will match your plate.
5. Be gentle with your alpha matte!
A correctly exposed screen will make your life much easier now – the lighter you can treat the alpha matte, the more fine detail you will preserve in the Key.
Seriously – if you haven’t watched the video yet DO! there is far too much to explain here!
We are in the last 48 hours of our kickstarter campaign – if you want to grab yourself my hour-long lighting masterclass just pop over and part with your $50!
What can I say, it’s been emotional! Thank you Philip for the opportunity to reach out to so many people, and thank you all for watching (and for the lovely comments ;))
Have a great new year!