I have been wanting to replace my green screen backdrop for a while now, and I finally purchased the Neewer Photography Backdrop and Green Screen.
I had been using one of those pop up green screens, the type that smack you in the face when you tale them out of their bag.
That is candle wax I managed to get on the material, don’t worry, we don’t shoot porn films here!
It did the job, but it wasn’t really big enough and the material was also kind of cloth like, almost like Tee Shirt material kind of texture and even though it did work, it was difficult to get a good result.
The Neewer Photography Backdrop and Green Screen measures 1.8 x 2.8M (5.9 x9.2ft) and I paid something like £17 for it, it is, and it is always the way, currently £13.59 but usually retails at £18.99 and even at its highest price, it is good value for money!
I spent quite a while choosing a green screen on Amazon, I wanted to make sure that I got a decent one or as decent as I could get for the money and I would have purchased this sooner if it hadn’t been for some negative reviews that were not right.
Here is what some of those reviews said, and then I will tell you why I think they are wrong!
This type of review frustrates me, it says that it is a photographic backdrop / green screen, it doesn’t mention any stands. Do your research people!
Yes it comes folded, but you can steam it but even so, mine has some wrinkles in but if you light it properly and know how to key properly, you get good results, and you cannot see the wrinkles!
You are not wearing it! it does not matter if the stitching is not up to high street clothing standards, you won’t have stitching in your shot! Keep calm Zec!
Yes it does have a shine, a luminescence to it, but I found that was easier to key than the dull fabric of my pop up screen!
I have been very happy with the Neewer Photography Backdrop and Green Screen and it has made keying the videos so much easier and I am getting a much sharper result!
The 5.9 x9.2ft has been stitched across one end of the 5.9′ end to allow you to hang it by sliding a pole through and using the photography back drop stands.
I wanted to use it in landscape mode as, although I am 6′ 4″ tall, I am a wheelchair user and so sat down all the time and it works better for me in landscape.
To get the best result when keying which is adding in a background in edit, you ideally want to have some distance between you and the material. With the smaller pop up screen this meant the screen was too small and so I was limited.
I now sit around three feet away from the screen, and it is lit by the Neewer 2 Pack Dimmable Bi-color 480 LED Video Light and Stand Lighting Kit that I purchased in October 2018.
These are either side of me and face in at a 45° angle lighting the green screen. It takes a bit of experimenting with height, angle and intensity of light but once set up, it is good to go. I then have a small LED light panel on top of the camera mounted in the shoe to light me.
I will post about how I key in the backgrounds when editing using the Shotcut app one day.
Yesterday I set up a 2k camera for Zoom and had a play with using the backgrounds on there and added my brick background that I use and the result was very impressive.
So if you are looking for a green screen, I recommend the Neewer Photography Backdrop and Green Screen.