Many studios in the LA area have conveniently adopted a fix it in post attitude but don’t be fooled by this lacksidasical mentality about the quality of the green screen or a Green Screen LA which is a low end green type of chroma key background. Green screens lit by low power consumption lights may seem cool but what happens if you want to shoot at a high frame rate? Well, Relight with a bunch of space lights or there equivalent just to get the subject to Green Screen background ratio correct. Very close subject to Green Screen background ratios can often adversely affect on the lighting of the subject and at the same time affect the ease of green bounce spill suppression.
Every green screen la owner will have several quick so called solutions to over exposing your talent other than adjusting the iris. A popular solution that the Green Screen Los Angeles owner might suggest would be to scrim down the light or use a lower intensity light fixture (if you just happen to have one). The main problem with this is that noticeable eye light now heavily affects the over all look and feel of the light in addition to the contrast ratio primarily because of the eye light to key light ratio is now way too close.
What about “shallow depth of field”? Shooting wide open or “WFO” (W is for wide and O is for open, you can finish the equation) is common way of achieving a shallow depth of field and I of course do it all the time when there is not enough light to shoot at an F 2.8. By the way if you are shooting on the HVX-200 you have no choice but to shoot at an F 2.8F or deeper on the long end of the lens. Keep in mind when it comes to shooting green screens its far more effective to back the camera up and shoot at the longer end of the lens to achieve the shallow depth of field look. At Atomic Studios green screen rentals are always for 24 hours and we are often on hand to help out and answer any questions you may have about our large green screen cyclorama. To read the whole article click here Green Screen LA and don’t for get to call us 24-7 at 323-851-3825
- Phil Guye