Quest for the Perfect Green Screen

One of our users, Portraits by Kranz, in Los Angeles, California, has used the green screen in PhotoLynx for the past two school seasons. They have output about 300,000 fall packages, and roughly 200,000 spring packages using the green screen automation in PhotoLynx. They have been using our current green screen technology to output all of these packages.

It’s our workflow that sets us apart from any other green screen technology. We make it easy to handle replacing the green screen background with any other image in volume. The background can be replaced in mass with the same background, such as needed for yearbooks and replaced based on the package, as selected by the customer who was photographed. We make it easy to enter the data required for the automation to produce packages and CDs for the school upon output through PhotoLynx software.

However, many images still need some special treatment to make the green screen look good. We have been spending a lot of time, money, and energy in trying to find solutions to make the process even more handsfree. Our studies have shown, that even in the best case scenario, there will always be about 10% of the images that will need to be hand held to achieve a good look.

Today is the not so general release of the “new” PhotoLynx green screen technology. We have had Green Screen technology in our software for many years now. It was last updated about 3 years ago now. This is the third update done to the green screen since I’ve known and/or worked for PhotoLynx. With this release, not only will our unique workflow still be in tact, but we will be reducing the number of images that will need special attention to fully drop out the green. It is being released to a hand full of clients for testing and then released to the general user base in 1-2 months.

That is one cool thing about PhotoLynx. We aren’t going to charge anything more for the green screen technology in the software. It is included with the price that labs and photographers have already paid. Yet, the green screen technology can provide another revenue stream for any school lab or photographer. As green screen images can be priced by a lab back to the photographer at a premium. A photographer can charge extra for backgrounds, other then the traditional school portrait background.

When the update is available to the general user base, the link will be included in the PhotoLynx monthly newsletter.


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