Video Chatting in the Dark? Brighten Video Chat with a Blank Browser Window

May 11, 2011 - 4 Comments

white browser window to brighten a dark video chat

If you’re video chatting at night or in an area with limited lighting, you can brighten your face by opening up a blank white web browser window. This is obviously a really simple tip, but it’s kind of fun to see how surprisingly useful blank browser windows can be (like speeding up Safari on the iPhone 3G).

The simplest way to create a blank browser window is to open up about:blank which works in every modern browser.

The idea is probably taken from Photo Booth, which uses an all white screen as a virtual flash of sorts to brighten your mug when you take a picture (you can disable that by holding down the Shift key). I’m guessing it won’t be long until some developers start creating wrappers for FaceTime, iChat, and Skype to have this in some form of native app.

Not a bad tip via Lifehacker


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Reb says:

    it’s about:blank

    i still use the old fashioned desk lamp

  2. Robin says:

    The only problem with that is you can’t see the other party if you have the browser in front. If you’re using a MacBook pro, simply turning the brightness of the display all the way up works fine too.

  3. albinoz says:

    Yes, The AppleStudio is My Light at less than 1/2 lightness in the dark. White Screen allow to see my keyboard :p

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