Lighting for Chroma

Using a chroma or greenscreen in your project adds infinite visual possibilities. It unleashes imagination and creativity beyond reality, combining virtual interaction elements with live action. It adds a layer of versatility in the shoot with options for switching out complicated backdrops and distant locations, perhaps beyond the budget scope of the project if filmed in real life. The trick is in the details and knowing the perfect lighting and positioning of the lights is critical to a seamless final image.

Know your Lighting

It’s possible to get very creative when lighting your greenscreen setups. It’s critical that your greenscreen is fully, and evenly lit with softlight – preferably 2 lights, one from each side. Any cast shadows will make keying out the background difficult in editing. The material of the backdrop should also be smooth and wrinkle free – greenscreen fabric is often pulled taut on a metal frame for this reason. The direction, exposure, and quality of light hitting your subject needs to match the image that will be keyed in on the greenscreen. It’s best to light the subject first so that you can adjust the backdrop light within the same exposure range. Running a test is always recommended. 

When in Doubt, Soft Lighting is Best

Soft lighting is flattering, forgiving and full and this versatility makes it ideal when determining how to light your subject in front of the chroma screen. LED light panels are highly recommended as they simplify the overall setup, they don’t get hot and they allow for the light intensity to be variable, while always giving out soft, even lighting. Most LED panels have the option for adjustments in color temperature from daylight to tungsten which add to ease of use.

Contact Moonji today to see how we can craft your next project incorporating expert knowledge in the latest greenscreen technologies.