[RESOLVED] Are LED side lights really helpful?


#1

I turned off the LED side lights, and in the dark, I think the models look so much better (especially on my Large Looking Glass). I see notes that the LED side lights are recommended to be left ON in order to add to the 3D illusion, but I did not find that to be the case - actually LED lights seem to ruin some of the illusion – especially when the model extends to the edges and the lights shine right through the models to the white line outline. Thoughts?


#2

I agree… when using the LEDs the white boundary rectangle on the front is reflected into the scene and actually interferes but keeping it off keeps it clean/sharp looking.


#3

I always leave mine off. The docs said they help when you takes photos or video. Maybe it’s true, but I haven’t tried.


#4

I see now that the note focuses on video, but in general, I focused on the “add several depth cues to your content” which I do not see in real life:

Lighting note: there is a small switch behind your Looking Glass that will turn on/off the LED side lights that illuminate the system. We recommend that you always have this LEDs on — especially when filming your Looking Glass — as they will help add several depth cues to your content.”


#5

It is true they add depth cues by illuminating the etched rectangle on the plexi (plus you get its reflection, forming a 3D “box” for content to live inside). But with good content I think you can leave them off.


#6

Ah, I see what your saying :slight_smile: Especially if the content is well within the rectangle, then the shadows with the base defined by the lighted rectangle are cool depth cues. But the added contrast/opacity with no light is of greater value for most of the content I am looking at.


#7

I agree. That’s why I usually don’t use mine.