- Illuminate your face. It should be the brightest thing in the frame. Make sure you're not back lit.
- Face a window for flattering, indirect, natural light.
- Turn off any and all overhead lights.
- Use lamps to eliminate any shadows. I recommend the Tao Tronics LED Desk Lamp.
- Brother Fullmer: Videoconferencing Lighting - Don't be that guy! (2:07)
- Larry Fong, ASC: Adventures in Virtual Conferencing
- Webcams eat lips and eyebrows. Use make-up to make your facial expressions visible.
- My glam kit includes under-eye concealer, eye liner, mascara, eyebrow pencil, cream blush, and a bold red lipstick. See also The Best Red Lipstick That Looks Good on Everyone
- Donna Santos: 17 Zoom meeting video tricks
- Sir John: #AtHome Zoom Make-up Tutorial (7:09)
- Zoe Weiner: A Pro Makeup Artist (Kate Denno) Taught Me How to Do My Makeup for Zoom…and It Totally Blew My Mind (7:12)
- If you drink on-camera, drink water from a clear glass. Mugs and flasks keep your viewers guessing. Take a sip to gather your thoughts or take a breath.
- Keep a mirror within arms' reach.
- Use a lint roller to remove crumbs, lint, cat hair, etc. What is invisible across a conference table may show up on camera.
- Blot anything that shines. Bald head? Shiny earlobes? I use oil absorbing sheets. Or the sticky part of a Post-it note. Or a toilet seat cover. Or brown napkins from that coffee shop.
- Remove any redness from your eyes with LUMIFY eyedrops.
- Clean your eyeglasses and webcam lens. Clean eyeglasses = Fewer distracting smudges. Clean webcam lens = Better video quality. I keep CareTouch Lens & Screen Cleaning Wipes handy.
- If you have eyebrows, brush them. And if you have particularly unruly eyebrows, swipe on a clear brow mascara to keep them in place.
- Running hot? Use a desktop fan, off-camera. But make sure the sound is not picked up by your microphone.
- Prone to sweat? Absorb underarm sweat by sticking maxipads in the armpits of your clothes.
- Jewel tones are universally flattering.
- Jewelry may distract from your message.
- Avoid flesh tones, white, and black. Avoid shiny material and fabrics with small patterns.
- Blue business shirts are more flattering than white shirts.
- Your posture communicates. Sit up straight. Scoot your bottom into the back of your chair. Point your toes in the direction of your webcam.
- "Tailor" your clothes for the camera. Make DIY alterations with binder clips, clothespins, and duct tape.
- Andrew Tomlinson: What to Wear for a Video Chat - 6 Helpful Tips (1:10)
- Anna Runkle: How to Look Professional on a Zoom Call (3:20)
- If you use a virtual background, use a greenscreen. I use the Webaround 56" Big Shot greenscreen (affiliate link). Choose static contextually-relevant virtual backgrounds. Moving images may trigger migraines. Download free virtual backgrounds from my collections.
- Or stage your background. Don't film a hostage video. Shoot into a corner. Minimize motion. Avoid doors and windows. Frame your shot so that the ceiling is not visible. Watch DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic: BET Mother’s Day Edition for inspiration. Follow Room Rater @ Twitter .🍍
- Tim Kime: DIY Zoom Call Staging Tips
- Zac Sopak: How to Setup a YouTube Studio ANYWHERE! (3:11)
- Set up your webcam at eye-level and at arms' length. Center yourself horizontally in the frame. Leave yourself four fingers of headspace.
- I use a Logitech Brio 4K HDR Webcam.
- Whatever you're using, make sure the lens is clean.
- Make eye-contact with your webcam. Draw eyes on a sticky note and stick it above the lens.
- Hide your self-view in order to focus on your audience.
- Presenting slides? I use a PlexiCam and a Logitech r400 Wireless Presentation Remote. Use automatic captions if you don't have the Zoom Live Transcription feature. PowerPoint | Google Slides
- Vox: Color film was built for white people. Here's what it did to dark skin. (4:39)
- Gia Goodrich: How to look better on Zoom (10:52)
- Brett Bittner: Webcam cinematography
- Mic Test. Jabra Evolve 40 Wired Headset | Logitech Brio 4K HDR Webcam | Blue Yeti Nano Premium USB Mic for Recording and Streaming - Cubano Gold
- Krisp HD Voice Echo & Voice Cancellation
- Enable live transcription. Zoom Closed Captioning & Live Transcription
- Tricia Homer: 7-Minute Public Speaking Vocal Warm-Up (7:51)
- Deity Microphones: Better Audio for Zoom Calls in 2020 - In 3 Easy Steps (6:30)
- Javier Mercedes: How to make your podcast more professional (7:49)
- Alex Mooc: Tips for Hosting More Accessible Meetings
- Eugene Korsunskiy: Zoom-Friendly Warm-Ups & Ice-Breakers
- Jesse Sussman: 37 Best Virtual Team Building Activities
- EyeLeo is a handy PC application that regularly reminds you to take short breaks for your eyes.
- A 5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation Mindfulness Exercise to settle your nerves or to use as a group activity to break up the flow of an event.
- Created in Color: Links to culturally diverse stock photo websites
- The Noun Project: The Most Comprehensive Icon Collection in the World