- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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