One of our community members recently asked us about the best cheap video lights, and using a green screen.
You need sufficient light for a good green screen, so the questions made a lot of sense.
Have you ever shot video that came out darker than you expected? It’s because you needed some light on the subject. Just like the human eye, if there isn’t any light the camera can’t see.
If the scene looks dark to your eyes, it will look darker on camera…. unless you open up the iris (that’s another recipe). If you’re just starting out, you don’t have to spend a ton. Find cheap video lights by following the steps in the video below.
The Best Cheap Video Lights and Green Screen Tips
This is a great solution if you are looking for cheap, or affordable video production lights.
2-3 Home Depot or Lowes 120V Clamp Lights (bulb not included)
2-3 23 Watt CFL (make sure all lights daylight or indoor light balanced)
2-3 Stands (see video)
Any pure green material: muslin cloth, sheet, wall paint, construction paper
Getting Started with a Green Screen
Chroma key or green screen is a compositing effect in which the editor removes a color or chroma from the video. The area where the color was, can then be removed, and replaced with another image, or CG.
There is a reason why green and blue is primarily used, though I’ve even heard of a red screen being used.
A green screen is a simple way to create a virtual background or set. You can also appear to be in exotic or important locations from the comfort of your home studio.
It can be tricky though if you don’t do it right (as you’ll see).
Learn more lighting and chroma key techniques below.
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Also see: Good Mics for Video Production.
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