How to take advantage of free green screen backgrounds for your next video project

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Once upon a time, green screen photography – also known as chromakey – was the preserve of Hollywood blockbusters and high end special effects houses. 

These days, however, green screen is no longer a luxury for explosion-packed action films or exotic science fiction series on streaming services. It’s an easy and accessible technique that's used every day, by everyone from professional filmmakers and cinematographers to TikTokers and social media influencers. And you don’t even need to film your own green screen footage; there’s plenty of free green screen backgrounds that you can download right away.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.