Yesterday you met Princess Lilly. Today I’d like to introduce you to Princess Ella!
Just like Lilly, I shot Ella using the Impact 5×7 Collapsible Chromakey Background with a simple, one light set-up.
Here’s the shot from my phone of the set-up. I’ve got one Nikon SB-26 speedlight firing into a Neewer 32″ Softbox with S-Type Speedlight bracket on a small lightstand. It’s all done in my living room, with the coffee table shoved out of the way and the Christmas tree crowding us in.
The speedlight is fired remotely using a Neewer Wireless Trigger & Remote Receiver, and the Chromakey background is being held up by a lightstand.
Here’s the shot before I swapped the background in Photoshop. I swapped cameras for these shots of Princess Ella and picked up the Nikon D810 with the Nikon 85mm f1.8G on it. I really like the way the 85mm f1.8G renders a portrait on the D810. It’s a beautiful lens, and a bargain to boot!
For processing, I did it the same way as I did Princess Lilly’s photos. I used the “Select – Color Range” option to do the bulk of the work on the background removal in Photoshop, and then added a little additional touch-up.
The above image is the same image as the very first one, just with a different background swapped in.
This is the second photo I chose to use from the shoot before any chromakey processing is applied.
And the above is the same shot with the background processed. I left a few stray hairs in where I might normally clean them up as I felt they made the effect look more real.
Again, the Impact 5×7 Collapsible Chromakey Background worked wonderfully for this shoot. Like I mentioned about the previous Princess Lilly photos, I purposely stuck to a simple one light set-up for these as I wanted to see how it would work out. I’ll probably do another shoot with a similar set-up but with more lights on the subject from the front and from behind. My usual chromakey set-up for the Art of the Image YouTube channel is two main lights, one to the left and one to the right of camera at roughly 45 degree angles to the subject (me), and two additional lights from behind, above and shining down on the subject from the right and left. These lights keep weird things from happening to the subjects hair and skin color from reflected light off the green screen.
Set-up with the Impact Chromakey Background was about as easy as it gets. It pops open in seconds, and folds up in seconds too once you get the hang of it (which is pretty easy to master).
The Nikon D810 is a sweet camera to work with, and it produces some of the nicest image files I’ve ever seen. It’s VERY nice to such a HUGE ability to crop, especially when you’re working with chromakey and all sorts of different backgrounds.
The Nikon 85mm f1.8G performed flawlessly on this shoot. It’s one SWEET lens and makes for a KILLER COMBO on the incredible D810. If you’re looking for a fast portrait lens, I HIGHLY recommend you check out the Nikon 85mm f1.8G.
Stay tuned to the Art of the Image YouTube Channel as I’ll be testing the Impact 5×7 Collapsible Chromakey Background with video next!
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