• Alice Prenat

PRO TIPS TO LOOK GOOD DURING A VIDEO CONFERENCE CALL

Updated: Mar 28, 2020

(Article en français 🇫🇷)

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With the recent social distancing in the US and lockdown happening in Europe, most of us are now working from home, having work meetings through video calls using Zoom and calling friends and family via Zoom, Skype, or HouseParty.


The portrait photographer in me wants to share with you few simple lights and angle tricks to have you look your BEST during those calls. You will also discover some great hidden features in Zoom and Skype to make your appearance neater.


And before everything, REMEMBER THAT PEOPLE CAN SEE YOU even if you are not talking, here is the funniest video around these days.



ANGLE

Either using your phone or your computer, the lens in those have a short focal length.

NO NEED to know what that means at all (Let's keep the techy stuff out).

However, what you need to know is at which angle to put your phone or computer to make you look GOOD. We don't want you to have a massive neck and triple chin if you don't have one!



TO REMEMBER

PUT YOUR COMPUTER/PHONE AT YOUR EYE LEVEL

KEEP IT AS STRAIGHT AS POSSIBLE.





NO GO

If you put it lower or if you tilt it upward, hello double chin horror!





LIGHT


You don't need any specific equipment or light to have a nice lit video & image. You just want to make sure people can see you properly while looking fresh & neat.



TO REMEMBER

PUT THE LIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.

Either the window light or your office lamp, the same simple rule applies