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Gabriel Meono
Best softbox wattage for greenscreen 2400 or 2700?
on Nov 27, 2013 at 6:58:49 am

I have experience with green screen using a large window as a softbox during the day, but I want to record during the night keeping those nice ambient shadows and even lighting.

I'm planing to buy a 3 piece softbox kit for greenscreen footage. I currently have DSLR with 50 mm f 1.8 and 80 mm f1.4 lenses which give a nice light aperture. The more natural the light is the better.

Here's a sample of my setup with natural light (large window, no additional lights):






I found these two kits that caught my attention, my budget is around 200 bucks.

ePhoto 2400:
http://goo.gl/0GfWdf

ePhoto 2700:
http://goo.gl/6Wov5S

Your thoughts?


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Steve Brame
Re: Best softbox wattage for greenscreen 2400 or 2700?
on Nov 27, 2013 at 8:20:15 pm

Don't get to caught up in the 'brightness' of your lighting of a green screen, and pay more attention to the evenness of it. It doesn't necessarily matter how bright the screen is lit, but how different in color it is from your foreground. Being lit brighter doesn't affect that. Being too bright can result in spill back onto your foreground subject, causing headaches.

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Gabriel Meono
Re: Best softbox wattage for greenscreen 2400 or 2700?
on Nov 29, 2013 at 4:07:52 pm
Last Edited By Gabriel Meono on Nov 29, 2013 at 4:09:03 pm

Thanks Steve, will a larger softbox be better to mimic the effect of the large window?

What do you think of this? http://goo.gl/lSVm9t I doesn't specify wattage but since it's continuous lighting for photography I assume is bright enough.

Your thoughts?


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Steve Brame
Re: Best softbox wattage for greenscreen 2400 or 2700?
on Nov 29, 2013 at 4:23:12 pm

Sorry Gabriel, my advice was strictly about lighting the green screen separately from the foreground subject, which I hope you are doing. But yes, since "nice ambient shadows and even lighting" is the hallmark nature of a softbox, one would probably recreate your 'sunlight though the window' look rather well. The long vertical softbox in your last post works well for full body shots, but your example video only shows a medium shot, where a smaller softbox would work just as well.

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Gabriel Meono
Re: Best softbox wattage for greenscreen 2400 or 2700?
on Nov 29, 2013 at 5:07:18 pm

Steve, your input has been truly helpful, I think I will end buying the large softbox since I will probably do full body shots or something near that :)


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