With the COVID-19 pandemic, many reporters and anchors are reporting from their homes.

It has been interesting to see into their homes. It is cool to see how they live..their decorating skills, their furniture choices, what’s on their bookcases, and more. You can even get WOOD TV 8’s Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen’s Man Cave as the background for your video conference calls!

From time to time I’ll see something that becomes very distracting to me (shiny object syndrome) and once I see it, I can’t unsee it and forget about it.

One of the disadvantages of having a big screen TV is that some of the things you might not normally notice -- become very clear!

Let me give you just one example…

Have you noticed the crazy looking eyes on some of the TV personalities? Now that I have pointed this out, you will be very distracted by it when watching the news.

What is happening is they are using a lighting device that is in the shape of a circle. (Remember the old fluorescent ceiling light fixtures that were in the shape of a circle? These are very similar only they are LED lights now instead of fluorescent). Usually the camera is placed inside the circle, or next to the circle, to give them much better lighting. You can even buy these things for yourself if you’d like.

The drawback is that the reflection of the circle creates a strange white ring in the pupils of their eyes! They almost look possessed. I get so side tracked watching their eyes, I miss what they were telling me! People buy contact lenses for this look around Halloween.

Watch for it the next time you watch the news!

Bonus points if you can name the local reporter in the picture above!