Tips for Working with a Glassboard

Glassboards are great intuitive tools, there’s great research out there already on how they work at lightboard.info. We worked with a teacher who had never used a glassboard, and he immediately got it. They provide better learning experiences as you get to be present with the talent and avoid the feeling of looking over someone’s shoulder.

In my experience, the biggest challenges are with:

  • lighting talent
  • reflections

Very DIY Glassboard photos here:

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We attached a light to the top of the glassboard, which sounds like a good idea until you apply any kind of diffusion to the light. The paper shook too much as the talent worked the board, creating a rustling paper sound. The solution was to clamp down the light on all sides to reduce movement, but the better solution would have been to hang the light independently.

Because of various shooting schedules, we had to setup the glassboard a 2nd time - here’s that result:

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You’ll see the clamps holding down each edge of the Kino light above the board.

Green markers appeared the weakest, though YMMV for which markers work the best.

I haven’t tried shooting against Black, but on White, the talent needs to wear white and any images that might be reflected in the glass (metal c-stands, for example) need to be covered in black drapes.

This is a bigger challenge in a large set, we’d hope that when we move to a smaller set that getting the shots right for a lightboard variant of the glassboard will be easier.