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: photoshopgreenscreen.com, 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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26 Responses so far.

  1. Joycelyn says:

    great article, thanks for posting

  2. RobertMex says:

    do you know when the new version is coming out? will you review it as soon as it does?

    • Dave says:

      Yes I talked to Damian a month or so ago. I just finished reviewing his new 3.65 Pro plugin and I hope to publish it soon!

      All the best
      Dave

  3. Steven says:

    great review Dave!

  4. Bryant says:

    Awesome advice, on your suggestion I have been using the free version for a few months now and you’re right. it rocks. However it leaves me wondering what I could be missing in the full pro version :)

    • Dave says:

      Hey Bryant,
      Thanks for retuning. I have just acquired the Pro version and installed it – as expected, Without issue!
      I have had a little time to play with it, there is a lot of functions I had not had the opportunity to really sink my teeth into it yet.
      But the good news. I have a stunning model lined up to shoot my Pro review.

      I have also exchanged several emails with the plugin developer, Damon. He promises v4 will revolutionize Chromakey extraction with a one click solution. Anyone buying the current version is guaranteed a lifetime of free Pro upgrades :)

      Thanks so much for your continued support!
      Dave

  5. Patrick says:

    this is an excellent writeup. I hope you plan on something similar on the pro plugin :)

  6. Robert says:

    I second the request for the pro version review :)

  7. Bryant says:

    Love your style, this is so easy to reaad and understand. plus I learned so new tricks to.

  8. Chriss says:

    WOW this is excellent Dave. I especially love that the software author visited your site and rates this so highly :)

    Chriss

  9. Hareld says:

    You did a fantastic job on this post!!

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