The best thing about Skype is that it not only allows you to talk to another person from another part of the Globe but it also lets you see that person in real time. However, bad lighting can obscure this experience and make it difficult to see the other person on the line or to record Skype video calls. This predicament can be quite inconvenient, especially if it’s an important call like a presentation for business or a meeting with your staff. Luckily, you don’t have to be an expert to correctly do it.
Use multiple lights from different angles.
It is recommended that you use at least four light sources to look as presentable as possible. One light may be adjusted to be directed almost at your face but raising it so that it flatters your features. The second light must be weaker and positioned the opposite way to counteract any shadows. Another one should be positioned above head for your hair and one more to illuminate your background. It is also suggested that you place a piece of white paper in front of you to prevent your face from becoming bluish on screen.
Use a variable intensity LED light panel.
If using multiple lights is inconvenient or excessive for you, this type of light source may be used. Mounting it on an old camera tripod makes it more flexible. Place it next to your camera on top of your screen for maximum effect. An adjustable lamp may also be used to mount the LED light.
Use natural light like from a window.
Just by turning your workspace so that you face a window as you work, you can achieve maximum illumination already. You may adjust the brightness by diffusing light using sheers on the window.
Preview your camera before the call.
Just click Call > Video > Video Settings to preview your camera and see if there are any problems with lighting. This way, you can readjust your settings in time for your call.
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