Greenscreen Giant Exercise

Create an 11" x 17" 200 DPI (2200 x 3400 pixel) Photoshopped poster featuring YOU as a giant in or around the school.
You'll need:
    Bring a STUDENT CARD to book one of the CommTech cameras, or use your own camera if it is of suitable quality

    A QUALITY background photo taken from around the school in PORTRAIT orientation.

    Shot against greenscreen, and carefully matched to the lighting and angle of your BACKGROUND photo

    This file
    which has been sized appropriately at 200DPI. You can TRY to save it on your P: drive, but you MAY have to store it on your computer's D: drive. It will get pretty big by the time you're done.

Your job is to take the IDEAL photos
and use the PROPER TECHNIQUES to convincingly composite the student into the background

  • Choose your "star" - it could be YOU, or you could work with another student to star in each other's projects.
  • Fill the frame - don't waste a pixel
  • Show your subject's Face
Take a close look at the two photos on the right.
The second one subtly "sells" the illusion better by introducing shadows and reflections.

  • Shadows
    • Observe shadows elsewhere in your background image
    • Create a new SHADOW layer underneath your "giant" and create a selection (ie an oval) that "pancakes" believably along the ground like a shadow should
    • Fill in the selection with black - deselect if necessary

    • Reduce the opacity of the shadow layer to match shadows in your background photo, and add a slight GAUSSIAN BLUR as necessary
  • Reflections
    • Tricky - if done poorly, it betrays a bad photoshop job
    • Can be a simple "flipped" version of your subject, but with alterations to the opacity

  • Colour Balance
    • The light in the subject believably "matches" the light of the background - not only in angle and brightness, but also in colour. After eliminating the green, it may be necessary to adjust the colour balance to create that match.
Although the TITLE has been provided for you in the poster TEMPLATE, there is much more text that can be added - and can add to the illusion.

Do a little research and look for examples on How to Design a Movie Poster on the web - Include Production credits that document who was involved in the production of your poster, where and when you produced it.

Look for interesting TYPOGRAPHY in professional posters and try to recreate it.
Since this image is going to PRINT rather than to the WEB, it should be saved in a slightly different manner:

  • Use SAVE AS and change the format type to JPG
  • Use a quality setting of 9


4 - Exemplary
3 - Competent
2 - Fair
1 - Poor
Photography Framing & Composition
The photographer has skillfully composed and matched the camera angles of the subjects and background to the point where the illusion is utterly convincing. The subject is clearly in focus, and exemplary composition techniques (rule of thirds, lines & perspective, foreground / background elements) are apparent.
The quality of the images are superb
The photographer had filled the frame and composed the two shots to effectively yield the desired result. Camera angles match well.
The quality of the images is good
The framing shows some of the skills we discussed in class, but more care would yield a more effective product. There may be some technical issues with regard to the use of pixels or quality of the images
The framing and composition shows little care or skill - technical flaws betray an unsuccessful photoshoot. The quality of the images may be poor.
Shadows & Light
The lighting intensity, angle and colour all match perfectly between subject and background. Photoshop shadows perfectly integrate the foreground with the background.
The lighting of foreground and background matches effectively
The lighting of foreground and background approximately matches
The lighting of foreground and background matches poorly
Photoshop & Effects
The piece demonstrates skillful selection and blending of elements. The use of shadow and reflection show above average skill - with fews signs of photoshop trickery
The blend of the compositing is generally good - shadows and reflections preserve the illusion
The blend of the compositing betrays some trickery. A lack or unsuccessful inclusion of shadows or reflection compromise the illusion.
The piece betrays a lack of skill with photoshop
Technical Quality
The piece is ready for print - it is in the proper resolution, looks totally professional and completely "sells" the illusion.
The piece is generally attractive and demonstrates the relevant skills in photography and Photoshop
The piece is a fair attempt, but would be more convincing and attractive with a few adjustments and better decisions
The piece is completed, but shows little of the skills or discipline we learned in class