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Background Color 101

3942083161 ec53fba35c b2In videoconferencing, as in television production, having the right background colors on camera greatly improves the picture quality. Funnily enough, color is often overlooked, but it can make all the difference in the viewers' experience. We have found that certain color formulas make especially effective backdrops for videoconferencing and telepresence settings. 

Choose low-saturation colors that tend toward blue-grays, green-grays, or warm grays. Avoid highly-saturated colors, especially reds, whites, pinks, or oranges. Avoid dark colors like black, navy blue, dark wood tones, or chocolate. Walls and all other surfaces that will appear on camera should have no discernable pattern visible at a distance of 36 inches from the naked eye. An excellent example of patterns that work well are the Guilford of Maine fabrics used on acoustical wall panels. Avoid patterns more noticeable than these.

Ceilings should be traditional “ceiling white” with no tints or other architectural details that stray from white or off-white. Most acoustical ceiling tile designated “white,” “ceiling white,” “near white,” or something close will work, whatever the texture. Here are some color recommendations from Benjamin Moore, below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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