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Ingrid Weel presenting directly to camera in a screenshot of a video conference.

VIDEO CONFERENCING TIP #2: YOUR CAMERA ANGLE
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We are probably watching the news a lot more during the lockdown, and those presenters always look perfect!


While on a video conference a lot of us position our laptop or device on a table - which means we are looking downwards – the rest of the delegates are looking up at us.


At times this is unavoidable as we need to access the keyboard to make a presentation, share documents and other information.

Ingrid Weel presenting directly to camera in a screenshot of a video conference.

 

This issue can be solved by using a remote webcam, and the following the advice in this blog.

The more flattering camera angle can be achieved with a bit of DIY effort.

Use whatever you have around the house to raise your camera height to eye level. Books and boxes are great!

A pile of books on a table

 

Make sure the lens is parallel to you, at right angles to the floor.

Use something to brace your tablet or phone if you need to – a tin can, and a bit of tape works perfectly.

 

A tin can with some masking tape on the side
An iPad secrued perpendicular to the surface taped to a tin can and placed on a pile of books Ingrid Weel is captured in the screen of an iPad she is photographig. The iPad is raised to eye level on a pile of books
   

Remember to look at your mark when it is your turn to speak!

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A screenshot of Ingrid Weel presenting directly to camera at eye height

General Advice:

If you are in a communal or noisy area, and you have a headset – use it.

Your wardrobe should reflect the situation. If you are at a business meeting and you are not sure, pop a jacket on.

If you are wearing shorts, remember to stop your video feed if you need to get up for anything!

Have your branding in the background – a pop up banner is great for this!

Have a pen and notepad ready for any notes.

If you are presenting a video or slides – have them ready and be familiar with the tech to start it seamlessly – PRACTICE before the meeting.

Let everyone else in the household know you are in a meeting and suggest they all be dressed....

 
 
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