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anthony sharpe
shooting a drummer with a green screen
on Apr 18, 2009 at 5:01:23 pm

Hi all,

I know this isnt exactly the right forum for this question, but I am running out of time and need all the advice that I can get, so I am trying a few forums that I know and love...

here is my query,

I am about to do a green screen shoot with a drummer. (it has to be this way)
I have a large green screen studio that I am getting on the cheap.
It has minimal lighting so I will have to find out what is best to bring in.
I am shooting on a sony z1p. the final output will be for the web.

I am mainly concerned about the fast moving drumsticks.

Has anyone shot this type of thing before, if so do you have any tips?

shutter speeds?
progressive frame format... (does my camera even offer that function??)
drum stick colour- does this help??
reflectiveness of the drums themselves (is this a problem??)

etc, etc.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated...
please let me know if I need to add any more info...



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john sharaf
Re: shooting a drummer with a green screen
on Apr 18, 2009 at 6:36:04 pm


You're asking all the right questions, that's a good start.

As far as the motion, the best you can do is go with a skinny shutter like 1/100th or 1/125 to make each frame sharper and a progressive frame rate of 60 would be ideal, but I doubt your camera does that, so a 30p rate would be a good second choice. This rate is particularly good for the web as it allows the compressor to keep up with the action, by giving it two identical frames in a row.

As for lighting, yes, be careful to eliminate any green reflections in the chrome drum kit. This can be accomplished by using white card or fabric to be reflected. remember that the chrome is essentially a mirror and your challenge is not to light the chrome but provide an white object to be seen in the reflection (the same principal applies to lighting any highly reflective object like a car).

Hope this helps,


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