Rear-lit Photographic Backdrops
Okay, I'm interested in one of those rear-lit things you're talking about. What exactly is the advantages there? Well, you can rear light the backdrop and it begins to spill light on to your subject. You can get a reasonable shot from any quality camera (no need for 4:2:2 color space and above). You won't have to composite for green screen. You won't have to fight light spill. Your client will think that you are rather clever or at least can present themselves as rather clever to their bosses (and they are clever for hiring you).
Sure, sure, but how do you make that happen? Pick your desired image (I get them inexpensively at places like ShutterStock or PhotoDune.net) and get it printed onto rear-lit film. I've purchased them for about $300 for a 4 foot by 6 foot banner. I don't recommend making it any smaller than this because it becomes difficult to frame two cameras (I always shoot interviews with two cameras if I can). You'll definitely need a bit of extra lighting to shoot into the back side of the print. Don't forget that you'll need to hang the print and secure it with some gaffers tape to keep it from rolling itself back up (you usually get it in a tube so it'll have a curve to it). A quick run to Lowes for an eight foot strip of aluminum was a fairly clean solution. I wrapped the aluminum around the tops of two light stands and gaffed the print to all that. You will no doubt find a better solution (overhead silk frame perhaps).
Now get out there and fake it like a pro! :
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