Wouldn’t it be awesome if every church was equipped with an amazing projector?
C’mon…dream with me here.
I’m talking about a 4K, smart-car-sized beast of a projector with more lumens than you can count. Yes—these are the things that I dream about. But back in reality, I know that this simply isn’t the case. While many churches have projectors at their disposal, they typically aren’t anything to write home about. I’ve worked with my fair share of mediocre PJ’s and I understand that sometimes church budgets don’t allow you to purchase the best piece of equipment for the job.
So rather than shaking my head at your current setup, I thought I’d offer a couple quick tips on how you can make the most out of your current projection system (even if it’s really jacked up).
1. Choose The Right Colors
Take some time outside of Sunday to sit down and experiment with your projector. See what colors show up the best and which ones are MIA. This will help when selecting which content you’ll use on Sunday mornings. There will be some colors that naturally show up better (typically blues and greens in my experience), while other colors (such as reds and oranges) may not come through as well on cheaper models.
2. Adjust Your Projector Settings
This one seems simple enough, but if you’re not careful when adjusting, it’s possible to actually make things worse. While displaying various colored graphics, adjust your projector’s brightness and contrast to make sure that your picture shows up as bright as possible without becoming washed out. Be sure to test your new settings under the normal conditions of a Sunday service, such as window lighting.
3. Adjust Your Room Lighting
Even the most expensive projectors are affected by room lighting. When you’re working with low-budget PJ’s, you have to get a bit creative with the lights surrounding your screen. The lower the house lights, the more your image is going to show up. Consider disabling the light fixtures that are closest (especially when working with florescent lighting).
4. Test Media Before Service Begins
Probably the biggest tip that I could give you is to make sure that you test out every piece of media before the service ever begins. Even if you play the greatest mini-movie or use the latest pack of motions, if your congregation cannot see them, it’s all a waste.
So, have you ever dealt with an awful projector or other piece of equipment?