How To Make The Most Out of an Awful Projector

The following post is by Kendall Conner at

Wouldn’t it be awesome if every church was equipped with a state of the art projector? C’mon…dream with me here. I’m talking about a high definition, 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 most American 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 right 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 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 in vain.

So, have you ever dealt with an awful projector or other piece of equipment?



Kendall Conner is the founder of—a blog centered around making church media simple. He is a graphic designer, video editor, and all-around media geek.


  1. Julian says:

    i have tried some brands, after using 4 different, i´m sure the Epson is the best, even if you compare it to bigger ones or with more lumen, as an example a 4,000 lumen epson looks brigther than a 6,000 optoma. And the most important thing to me it´s that color in Epson are more realistic with what you are seen in your computer, in my case a Mac.

    I recommend a 5,000 lumens Epson from B&H it is aroun $1,250, we use 3 of them with the Matrox Triple Head to make an image of about 40′ x 10′ in special events and when we use one alone we have a 14′ x 9′ screen in Sunday School and regular services.

    I really recommend Epson before InFocus, Optoma, BenQ and Sharp.

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