Guest Post: Luis offered to share his knowledge on creation of videos and a better way to light a greenscreen. Thanks to his willingness to share his knowledge, Luis offered to write a guest posts for my blog.
Here is a more advanced and complete tutorial on how to use proper lighting for a video for GreenScreen! ^Raúl
Following up the blog post “Basic Greenscreen Effect”, in which I commented and made some recomendations on lighting the greenscreen. Being a regular contributor at Videomaker Forums and my years of experience (using trial and error) inspired me to make some recommendations.
I’m honored to share in this post what I learned on how to light a greenscreen a la guerrilla style including a video I made.
Learning to light a greenscreen without a professional lighting kit can be a challenge for any videographer. You need to come up with ingenuous ideas, like using some cardboard and aluminum foil to make a reflector or anything you can find in your house that produces light.
I like to call these ingenious videographers Vidiots because sometimes we (I’m included) use things that are not supposed to be for a particular use. In our minds if we have a lamp that produces usable light then why not use it to light our green screen set.
Now that you know what you need to do, let’s look at some guerrilla light alternatives you can use. I bought a 1200 Watts work light from the local hardware store for around $60, three clamp lights for around $8 each and three 120 W indoor flood lights for around $3 each. Since the work light generates so much light from one spot I needed a reflector, which I made with some cardboard and aluminum foil.
It’s better to have more lights than having a few when it comes to greenscreen. A four light setup is ideal and when you’re doing it a la guerrilla style you can light it without breaking your bank account. Two things you need to be careful with:
1. Connecting your lights and
2. Not getting burned by your lights (especially with the work lights).
Connect your lights to different plugs around your studio (or garage) and always wear gloves when working with the lights. If you light your greenscreen as evenly as possible you will get good results using any type of light. One last thing, if you have a large greenscreen and you are recording a close up shot, you really don’t need to light all of it. Just light the part your camera is capturing and use fewer lights for it.
Enjoy lighting your greenscreen a la guerrilla style.