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Bruce Pham
198 posts
Thu Oct 18, 18
5:28 AM
Just curious to see what software everyone is using to batch their green screen photos. Currently I am using EZ Green. I'm in volume preschool photography and would love to know how others are doing it.
 
 
 
 
 
Bruce Pham • Forever Studio • School Pictures At Their Best
Pridhams Studio
91 posts
Thu Oct 18, 18
12:10 PM
We are on our second year of green screen photography for about 10,000 kids.
Last year we used Photokey8 and while it is not to bad a software it just wasn't fast enough when there was any extra green based colour in the photo. The process to select these bit is terribly slow. The program does allow batch processing and if every shot is exactly the same with no ball hats, cat ears, green retainers, green hearing aid..etc etc etc etcthen it would be okay. Also Photokey 8 has a lot a problems with red hair real or dyed issue after issue. We are in an area with a lot of scottish and Irish heritage so redheads are commonm.
This year we switched to 36pix.com.
It costs us a good chunk of money but every single image no matter what the kid is wearing, no matter how crazy or outlandish the hair, hat or outfit is PERFECT

We did do 2 years of green screen 9 years ago but the software we had at the time was just not up to it.
Bruce Pham
198 posts
Thu Oct 18, 18
6:21 PM
I considered using 36pix.com, however I made the decision to proof images online to save money on printing hard copy proofs. Outsourcing that task would negate the cost of proof production. So far EZ Green is working ok but has it's issues as well. Any time a child wears green, I instruct the parents to make the purchase as your see how the child looks and not the clothing, we will fix it in post. This way I only fix the files they purchase and not all of them.

Regardless the task an be time consuming. And yes even though EZ Green batches, it takes a long time.
Edited Fri Oct 19, 18 5:32 PM by Bruce Pham
 
 
 
 
 
Bruce Pham • Forever Studio • School Pictures At Their Best
Pridhams Studio
91 posts
Fri Oct 19, 18
9:28 AM
There are a few wite providers that strip the green from the iamges when they go up. I had thought of using them but I was in a hurry and I could not get a realistic figure as far as cost.
Site commission vs time for manual extraction vs only having 36pix do the files actually ordered from etc etc etc. I am goin to look at it again after the season is over.
I really, really don't want to consider leaving Sytist but but quick images to the wbb may force me.
We do 2 photos of each kid and deliver a paper(cheap) proof/order form at the time of sitting. None of our work is prepay which seems to be the most common approach
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