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  • Teleprompter filter/lighting for elderly eyes?

     Bob Cole updated 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Ethan Elliott-Williams

    September 9, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    I have an elderly client who regularly needs to read off a teleprompter in my small studio, but the bright lights make it hard for his eyes to make out the text on the screen. He mentioned that he’s been in other studio that have some sort of “gray screen” in front of the camera/prompter to cut down the harshness of the lights – does anyone know what he’s talking about (I’ve never heard of this and no luck googling…)? Or any other tips? Thanks much!

  • Bob Cole

    November 11, 2022 at 1:19 am

    This is a good topic, and not just for teleprompting or for people with sensitive eyes.

    I like to sit in the subject’s chair and look toward the camera, to see how I can make the setting more comfortable for them. 2 tips for that:

    (1) Use a light to brighten the room BEHIND the camera, so that the key light doesn’t seem so bright.

    (2) Put a big scrim in front of the key light to make it more diffuse and less harsh on the eyes.

    As for the “gray screen,” that’s a mystery. Could the teleprompter monitor be too bright or the text too contrasty? Would a different color help? I’d recommend that you just ask the other studio, if that is possible.

    Bob C

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