A team effort for CazFest Burn’s Night

Green Screen Lighting Test

Green Screen Lighting Test

January 25th was Burns’ Night, and local charity CazFest held a traditional Ceilidh to raise money at the Raddison Blu on the airport at Stansted. A small team of club members, (Sandy, David, Kevin and Andrew) went along to do some Event Photography, both the formal (or even slightly chaotic) portraits and some off the cuff shots at table, and of the dancing.

The photos were all processed and printed on the night, with half the price going to the charity.

We set up a Green Screen (Westcott no-crease 9×15 — recommended) with studio lights, and photographed with the main camera tethered to a laptop. The laptop screen was positioned where the guests could see the initial photos coming in off the camera. Shooting in medium sized JPG this was fairly fast, and we (David) could then pick up the photo from the shared folder they came in to, and sandwich it between an Outer Hebrides beach as the background, and a discreet CazFest charity logo in the bottom right using FXhome chromakey software. Not quite as easy as the advertising would have one believe, and the masking needs a brush tool, but extremely effective none the less.

The green screen itself is only 9′ wide so this limited how wide a group could be, a restriction that helped a lot with the perennial photographer’s problem: getting people to stand closer together. We also had some Apple Boxes to hand (full, ½ and ¼) to even up the eye line for some couples.

After adding the background

After adding the background

We had fun, and raised £180 for CazFest. We have a private website for those who were there to possibly order more prints, or different formats. If you were there and don’t know where to look please call Andrew (see his contact page).

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