Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Blue Screen Photography
This morning the kids and I set up a photography studio in our dining room. I hung a sheer curtain over the window and set up several directional lamps with natural bulbs to get the best light I could make.
Then Curly helped me hang up our "blue screen" which happens to have Lightning McQueen on it (what doesn't in this house?). I have never deliberately tried to use a blue screen although I have done plenty of background replacement in PhotoShop. This was the first time I shot with the intent of doing the whole finished product in PS.
Curly and I set up some test shots of her once we got the tripod ready. Then I took the test shot and used my new PS plug-in for masking hair called Mask Pro. Hubby just gave it to me for my birthday so I haven't had much time to practice with it yet.
I finished the head shot of Curly and I'm pleased with the way the tool works. Of course the learning curve means next year's pics will be better but for now I think my blue screen worked pretty well.
We dressed all three kids in their new Easter outfits and posed them all in front of the blue screen. Having the photo shoot in my own house where it's warm and where I have unlimited time and an unlimited number of shots works so much better than a studio where more variables lower our chances of success.
After many, many outtakes we got all three kids to smile at least once. Then several hours of post-production work later, we have this year's Easter photo!
I'm pleased with how it came out this year and more than pleased with my new tool. I think I am going to invest in some kind of homemade blue screen that is smooth and really practice the technique because I was amazed how well everything came together.
A really good mask allows flexibility for any number of backgrounds and poses.
Which do you like the best?