Self-isolation and quarantine modes have significantly changed the way most people live. Increasingly, we have to communicate not live, but via the Internet. Video messengers have become very popular. People hold virtual weddings, business meetings, gatherings with friends. Suddenly, the way we look on the video becomes important. And few people used to devote time to this issue – only professionals can always be ready for shooting.
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Self-isolation and quarantine modes force many to use video chat applications. This gave rise to a whole series of questions – at what distance from the camera it is better to be, how to adjust the microphone, place the light sources. With these tips, you can best customize your video calls.
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Light up your face
It’s best to start setting up the video with lighting. This is what will determine your location in front of the camera. Open the shutters or curtains and let the natural light enter the room. But do not let him be right behind you. It is recommended that the main light source be directly in front of you or at an angle of no more than 45 degrees from you. It is worth remembering that the screen of a monitor or laptop is also a light source, so it is worth adjusting the brightness accordingly, especially if the call is received without natural light. A bright screen can light up your face, making you look more like a ghost 🙂
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What height should the camera be at?
There is only one acceptable angle of the camera – it should be at eye level and look in the forehead. Usually the table is located below our face, which means that people will look at you from the bottom up, which causes discomfort. Use a stack of books, a stool or find a high table to position the camera on a level with your eyes. You don’t want to seem arrogant or virtually “crush” your interlocutor from above?
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Check your video settings before calling
Do you want your video chat to look good right away and not have to run around adjusting the camera and its tilt, screen brightness, hair style or decor? It would be stupid if everyone on the air will watch this fuss. Both Zoom and WebEx have the ability to preview your video before starting a call. If you select this option, before the call you can open a preview window and see how you will look in front of your interlocutors. Skype provides this option by default, and when using other video conferencing applications, such as Houseparty, you may need to use the help of the Photo booth, FaceTime or similar applications to check the picture before making a call.
After starting a video conference, it’s recommended to hide the video preview. After all, it will encourage you to constantly adjust your hair or corner of the camera, distracting all sides from a direct conversation.
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Choose a quiet place and use your best headphones
Most of us pay little attention to sound control. You need to understand that you will be better heard if you accept the call in a quiet place. Also keep in mind that your headphones may have a better microphone than on a computer. Most video conferencing applications have microphone testing tools in their settings. It is worth collecting all the microphones available in the house, including those built into the headphones, and testing them. So you can choose the one that gives the most clear sound.
A polite gesture towards others will turn off the microphone or mute it if you do not speak. You may have become accustomed to the sound of music coming from your neighbors, but this can interfere with your interlocutors. The Zoom application has a function that allows you to turn on the sound by pressing the space bar.
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As in any ordinary meeting, after joining a video conference, you will no longer be able to get up and move around. It is worthwhile to arrange a convenient place for yourself during the conversation. Think about where you would be comfortable sitting or standing for a long time. It may seem that it will be easiest to relax sitting on the bed, but in twenty minutes such a pose with crossed legs will suddenly cause discomfort. A good option is to set up a video call on your desktop, for which you probably spend a lot of time. If you use a laptop, then connect a charger to it or be prepared for the fact that the battery may be discharged during operation. Many people like to come to such meetings with a bottle of water or a cup of coffee.