Lightboard Studio Layout

We recommend the following minimum room sizes for our lightboards:

  • 35”: 7’D x 5’W      (2.2m x 1.5m)
  • 45”: 8’D x 6’W      (2.5m x 1.8m)
  • 66”: 11’D x 8’W    (3.4m x 2.5m)
  • 82”: 12’D x 9’W    (3.7m x 2.8m)
  • 95”: 13’D x 10’W  (4.0m x 3.1m)

 

Studio Depth

4 feet between a lightboard and backdrop works well. The camera should be about as far away from the lightboard as the lightboard is wide. If using a freestanding camera tripod, you will need about 2ft behind the front of the camera. This gives you a starting point for the required room depth: 6ft plus the lightboard width. 

If using backdrop stands, figure at least one extra foot of depth. It is possible to move components closer together to work in smaller spaces. Additional studio depth can reduce depth related size distortion.


Studio Width

To be able to walk around a lightboard, a room should be at least a few feet wider than the lightboard itself. The required width of the room is increased when not using lightboard-mounted presenter light kits like we offer. If you are instead lighting the presenter from the sides or through the glass, you will want additional width and depth so those lights can be placed outside the reflection zone picked up by the camera.

The size of your backdrop will need to be larger than the lightboard. We’d recommend the following minimum backdrop sizes:

  • 35” and 45” tabletop lightboards: 4x8 ft
  • 66” and 82” lightboards:  10x10 ft
  • 95” lightboard: 12x10ft

Backdrop stands may increase the required room width. We recommend hanging backdrops from the ceiling or wall, especially when working with limited space.

 

Eliminating reflections:

When using a lightboard, objects behind or around the camera can be seen as reflections off the glass. Since reflections bounce off the glass at the same angle, the area that could contribute a reflection would be twice the width and height of the lightboard glass in your camera frame, as measured at the plane of the camera. This is indicated by dashed lines coming off the glass.


To eliminate this it’s important to remove or cover light-colored equipment and either place black backdrops behind/around the camera (consider a V or U arrangement), paint the surrounding walls with flat black paint or maintain a dark studio area there. These approaches can be blended if desired.


If using a teleprompter or confidence monitor, turn the brightness and contrast settings down as low as possible and mount a circular polarizing filter (CPL) on your camera to eliminate noticeable reflections from those monitors.

Lightboard Studio Layout Diagram