Good lighting can make the difference between a professional scene and a scary one. You don't want to be in silhouette or in bright blinding light, but a nice natural window light is best. And when that's not possible, a lamp with a good daylight bulb is
- Have you ever heard of the golden hour? It's the time of day photographers love to photograph, because it casts the best and most flattering light. It's usually during sunrise or sunset. Though your videoconferencing most likely won't be during this golden hour outside, the point is lighting is very important in making you look good on camera. There are several things you can do at home, though, to make sure your lighting is set up so you look your best. Make sure to position your camera so you're facing the light. The best lighting is natural lighting, so if you can set yourself up so you're facing a window, it will enhance your look by tenfold. But make sure the sun isn't directly in your eye either, because it will cast a strange shadow across your face. So if the sun is shining into the room, a great way to still get the natural effect is to lower the blinds. But open it slightly if possible so it can still retain the glow without the harsh sunlight. But on the flip side, make sure that the window or any other light source is never behind you. It will make you look dark on camera, oftentimes creating a silhouette of you. Not only will the viewers not be able to see your face, but the video will be dark and grainy. If you find yourself videoconferencing in a room that doesn't have windows or you can't position yourself near one, make sure you have a lamp near you to be sure you're properly lit. Lighting is one aspect of videoconferencing that is often overlooked because of where you're already seated in a room. But if you notice you're not in a well-lit area, changing your position can make a huge difference in the quality of your video.
Learn how to shine on video conference calls. Communication consultant Jessica Chen provides expert advice to look and sound confident, collected, and smart on your next conference call or video presentation. Discover how to prepare your material, how to contribute to the call, and how to incorporate engaging visuals. Get body language, posture, and wardrobe tips to make a powerful impression. Finally, learn the technical details to building a mini "studio" for conducting calls, including choosing a webcam, lighting yourself, and placing a microphone for quality sound.
- Recall the characteristics of an effective PowerPoint used during a video conference call.
- Explain why you might look at the screen, rather than the camera lens, during a video conference call.
- Recognize the best strategy for positioning a laptop and its camera for the most flattering and engaging look.
- Tell why a salesperson might use a pull-down backdrop screen during video conferencing.
- Summarize the leadership skill used to make sure all attendees are on the same page after a video conference.