Green Screen Techniques for Video and Photography

with Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro
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Green Screen Techniques for Video and Photography
Video duration: 0s 3h 16m Appropriate for all


Learning to shoot green screen removes tons of time and budget limitations; instead of scouting and shooting on location, you can digitally recreate the background of your scene. This course takes you through the steps of shooting both photography and video on green screen. Authors Rich Harrington and Abba Shapiro walk you through the process of preparing a live-action set, from hanging the backdrop to lighting the subject with strobes; positioning and posing your subject; and completing the scene with postproduction techniques in Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. Learn how to composite your footage against a new digital background plate, match the color and exposure, adjust focus, and perform keying for motion.

This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. is honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Why use green screen?
  • Using a fabric, Flexfill, or Reflecmedia backdrop
  • Lighting the green screen
  • Establishing a relationship with the subject
  • Shooting handheld
  • Shooting with a DSLR
  • Using a sync sound workflow
  • Processing raw footage
  • Creating transparency in Photoshop
  • Removing the background
  • Adjusting background focus
  • Keying in Premiere Pro or After Effects
  • Animating the camera
Photography Video
After Effects Photoshop Premiere Pro


(light, bright tones) - Hi, I'd like you to this course on green screen photography and video. My name's Rich Harrington. - And I'm Abba Shapiro. - And today we've got a lot of great things to tackle. Now, just to give you a little bit of our background, Abba and I both work in the photo and video industry. And we're going to take a look at a real-world shoot here and sort of focus on both shooting photography and video back to back on the same set. - [Abba] Now, one of the things about shooting photography is you're using strobes, and it's a whole different type of light and lighting.

But a lot of times, there's a situation where you need to get both stills and video. And we're going to tackle that. - Yeah, so you're going to learn how to shoot both stills and video simultaneously, as well as best practices when lighting for just photography or just video. So this is a great way to get started. We're going to take a look at a real-world project, and let's jump in.

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