Most photographers and small photographic studios do not have a high volume of customers over which they can evenly spread the cost of overheads for there business. Customers of portrait photographers, require a never ending selection of backdrops and locations in which they want their photographs taken. The purchase of printed backdrops or finding on location shots suitable, takes time and money. Re-using old backdrops doesn’t give the photographer or the client the quality they require even with modern props. Buying new backdrops is expensive and might not be popular with many, but there is an inexpensive alternative. Simple photography techniques using green screen.
So to start with, when there is a need to take pictures on location, there are so many variables that are not controllable by the photographer. For outdoor shots the weather is the biggest variable. Watching the weather reports hoping the forecaster is accurate in there prediction of fine weather. Or with indoor shots, it’s the space, the lighting and controlling the people from wandering in and out of shot. How can you make all of these problems disappear?
The typical solution is professionally printed backdrops or muslins. These come in a variety of indoor and outdoor designs. The problem is each screen is quite expensive and if only rarely used is uneconomical. A few colored muslins and 1 or 2 backdrops with popular themes can be a wise investment. The trouble is how do you know which them will be popular in the future.
There is one other problem with using printed backdrops: There are times where a client would like to use a certain location that the backdrop companies do not carry (often due to it being a location that is not considered famous, or is too local for a national company to print). Now it is true that there are companies that will print out a backdrop for you, but with this method we return to the issue of owning a rarely used screen. On the other hand the photographer can shoot on location, but yet again these shots are not guaranteed to give the best results each and every time.
But there is a great solution to all these problems, photography techniques using green screen. This system works by first of all asking the client exactly what they have in mind. They then schedule a photo shot at a later date. The photographer collects the necessary background shots, by either taking the shots or buying from the huge choice online. The portrait is taken in front of the green screen and next using the easy chroma key software, he removes the green screen and replaces it with the stunning background shots the client asked for. Finally when the client approves them he prints them off, wasting no time or money.