My first assignment with Mueller & Associates was doing a chromakey (green screen) shoot with the owner, Paul, and a few folks of the Colorado Ice football team for an advert that will run in publications such as the Colorado Business Report.
Again, this was a game of firsts for me since the majority of my work has been on-location portraits and events. As my debut commercial shoot it was my first time renting a studio location, first time shooting on a chromakey, first time using my new pro lights, first time working on a commercial set, the list goes on…
I booked the space for a few extra hours so I could make sure everything was set up perfectly before the clients arrived. This helped calm my nerves and gave me a chance to try a few lighting scenarios. I remembered to try a tip I’d read about using a sharp back light to help separate the subject from the chromakey background to make post work easier; and I knew the look we were going for was “on the football field” so I wanted crisp, dual-sided lighting to simulate the floods that light up the field during night games.
I gained a lot of knowledge from this shoot and now that I’m about a year into this career, faced with brand new scenarios every day, I’m realizing that one of the best assets a person could have as a photographer is to simply be able to learn technique on the fly.
We all had fun on set and, most importantly, the clients are happy with the result so I think this one goes in the books as a win for team Brake! Here is an image we came away with, pre- and post-edit:
The goal was to fully light Paul while leaving #55, Anthony Perkins, slightly in shadow
A screen capture of the final advert by Full Circle Creative, Loveland, Co.
I used a 7″ reflector dish on main, and a homemade barndoor rig for the backlight