Set Up A Green Screen At Home In 4 Easy Steps

Set Up A Green Screen At Home In 4 Easy Steps

If you don't have proper lighting and a proper background then the effects not going to work no matter what editing program you're using! So, use these techniques to get great results using any software, every time.

The Basic Setup

First, you want to have at least 2 soft lights. Ideally, you'll want 3 for a 3 point lighting system, but if you've only got 2 that's fine. The 2 soft lights are strictly for illuminating the green screen. Make sure you have the lights off on the sides, because when you move around you don't want to cast shadows onto the green screen. Keep that in mind; the 2 soft lights should be on both sides of you in front, or behind. Check out the diagram below!


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Keys To Success

Next, your much better off buying a professional Green Screen . You want to get something that isn't glossy so it doesn't reflect a lot of light. This will minimize the chances of spill (green seeping though onto the screen) since you have a professional green screen

1. Equipment, Green Screen Material, and Lighting

Lighting is KEY when creating a green screen affect. There are 2 types of lighting.

  • Hard Light - Is going to produce shadows. Often times, one side will be lit and the other will be dark. This is the enemy of green screens.
  • Soft Light - Is a light that is diffused by an umbrella or a soft box. This light spreads out evenly when deployed & does not create harsh shadows.


Once you've got your 2 soft box lights, you have to remove as much natural lighting as you can. For example, if you have windows in the room where you film you're going to want to close the windows. Since sunlight is hard light & it's going to cast shadows.

2. Where Do I Stand

You want to try to stand as far away from the green screen as possible. If you're too close you're going to get spill, which is when the lights hit the green screen & it bounces, creating a green shadow on you. This can make it a lot harder for the software you're using to chroma key you out, without having fuzzy edges. So, stand as close to the camera as you possible can. 

3. What Should I Wear

You want to wear clothing that contrasts very well with the background. For instance, black & green are totally different colors. The software will pick up that you're not the screen & make it easier to separate you from the screen. However, if you're wearing a flowery shirt, or a colorful shirt, you'll increase the likely hood of one of the colors conflicting with the green screen. Also, stay away from bright colors, like neons or tiedie. These bright colors will bounce light off of them making it difficult for you to edit.

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4. Camera Settings, Low F-Stop

For the best quality we recommend using a DSLR camera. This way you have control over the aperture of the lens. You'll want to set the F-Stop to the lowest number possible. A low F-Stop will cause the subject to be in focus but the background will be slightly blurry. That's a good thing, because if the background is blurry you'll get rid of the imperfections in the background. For example, wrinkles if you have them and hard lighting spots. 

Final Tips 

Don't worry about having a really long green screen, because when you put the video in the editing software you're going to crop that area out. However, the green screen should encompass all the movements you make while on camera. So, pay attention to your hand movements to make sure they're not outside the green screen. 






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