We began creating green screen portrait composites several years ago. Here’s a small sample of what we’ve got going so far, with much more to come!
Green Screen, or Chroma keying, or is a technique used for combining two or more images by replacing a color range in one frame with that from another. It is often used in television and the film industry to replace a scene’s background. By using a blue or green screen as the initial background and placing the actor in the foreground.
Typically you see this technique with the weather report on the television. You see the weatherman pointing at a map, but they are actually standing in front of a green screen and the map is placed behind them using a computer.
The principle behind Green Screen photos is that the color green is the opposite color of skin tone, so a distinction between the two is very clear. That makes it much easier to select and remove the color without worrying about any part of the subject being included in the selection. The whole green selection is then replaced with something else as the background.
Many of our Green Screen Photo Composites are sports-related, but it’s possible to use these techniques for just about any type of portrait photography. So far, we’ve used it for senior photos, baby portraits, engagement portraits, and family portraits too.
My favorites are when I’ve created fantasy images of children and high school seniors. It’s really fun to create something that goes great with their interests and ideas.
For family portraits, we’ve used the process to help us out when the weather hasn’t cooperated outside. We just moved indoors for the actual portraits and then changed the background back to outdoors afterward. It comes in very handy!