Shooting on Chroma-key or Green Screen backdrops have come a long way with today’s technological advances. The purpose of this article is to explore the advantages of one plugin in particular; the Easy Green Screen 3.0 plugin, available from:, as Freeware. The plugin is available for all versions of Photoshop, CS or higher, running on Macintosh or Windows.

I teach a very successful Chroma-Key workshop and I’m always amazed to talk with photographers before our first session. Some of the most common misconceptions I hear over and over are: Never shoot a blonde. The plugins are prohibitively expensive and not very effective, especially when hair is involved. Well, that may have been true many years ago, but no longer… In this tutorial I hope to show you how to obtain high quality results consistently.

Lighting is everything in photography. Lighting on a chroma-key backdrop is twice as important and said to be twice as difficult. As long as you pay attention and meter well, you will find lighting for a chroma-key shot is easy and fun. Nothing more difficult than any other multi-light setup. This should be well within the grasps of any serious amateur or beginning professional photographer.

Flat, even light on your backdrop is essential. I use two Alien Bees 1600’s to light my backdrop. In the past I have attached barndoors and I have had softboxes mounted to my Bees. I believe softboxes did spread the light more effectively at close distances – in confined spaces. However the barndoors makes it easier to move around the studio, so I probably will continue using barndoors when shooting at home. This is not a contest to see who can use fewest lights. If you need to place more strobes on your backdrop, then do so!!

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38 Responses so far.

  1. Dennis says:

    I was going to ask if you have tried v4.2, but I see you just published it :)

  2. fitflop says:

    I love this plugin too

  3. isochronic says:

    Greetings ffom Los angeles! I’m bored to death at work so I decided
    to check out your site on my iphone during lunch break.
    I really likke the info you provide here and can’t wait to take
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  4. Daria says:

    nice article, very informative and too the point, but I have to Pro plugin. Do you have any info on it?

    • Dave says:

      Hi Daria,
      I have been talking with Damon about v4 which is due any day now.
      I’m just waiting for it to come out and I will update this review.
      I’m currently using v 3.65Pro myself :)

  5. Karen Millen says:

    great job Dave, yes, we’re all waiting for v4 too :)

  6. CharlesPamy says:

    This has been something I wanted to do ever since I began loving fashion. This review makes it possible. thank you so much.

  7. TaylorKa says:

    i have been following your blog for sometime and I really enjoy your style and the illustrations that drive your point(s) home!

    All the best

  8. DennisVuch says:

    Hey Dave, Great work here. Have you seen or heard any rumors about the new v4 of this plugin? I have been holding paying for the pro version until its released.


  9. PhilipMt says:

    I hope to read more about this, but your tutorial is the best I have ever read…

  10. HowardNum says:

    I love this plugin. you should consider writing directly for Damon

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