Six tips for finding a great Zoom meeting – USA TODAY

Six tips for finding a great Zoom meeting – USA TODAY

We all want the same things in life. 

We want to look good, be safe, be happy, and I would like to add, look good? 

In our new normal of the COVID-19 era, many of us have meetings on the webcam-and video-instead of school, work, conferences, and many of us spend our days on the video-conferencing through Zoom, Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime, WebEx and the like. 

And many of you are probably looking in the window and said: “really? I see this so bad?”

It must be so. We checked in with Florida photographer Larry Becker, who just wrote a book about how to improve our appearance, the Great called “in front of the camera,” for some insight.


Start with the basics. Comb your hair, shave your face or you apply your make-up and strategically think about their clothes. The wearing of a really busy, checkered or patterned outfit, make the viewers eyes to be deaf. A plain, solid color will help bring out the best you. However, Becker says to avoid shirts that bright, white or black, because they look like a “blob” in front of the camera. 


Here conferences is where most people fail at web. You have what is called Becker “, Shaded face,” that is, the half of your face is in shadow, or in any way blocked. He recommends a steady lamp directly to your face, for even, uniform lighting. Without a sidelight or backlight, please, he adds. He reveals, as we have several times to avoid sitting with your back to the window, as the camera exposure for the light and make you into a silhouette. Instead, they rotate, and the window, the soft you, people-pleasant light. 


you want people on your face, not on what is behind them. Many people like to be photographed in front of a bookshelf, but Becker says sometimes “little things” on the shelf distractions cause. He likes it “plain and simple”, such as blank walls, or a wall, with nothing more than a piece of art. Becker photographed in front of the stones, he called them “boring” and therefore not distracting. 

view angle

Here is the biggest no-no. To get rid of what he calls, “wide-angle face.” The cameras on smartphones and webcams, are wide angle, which means they let in a wide view. So, if you are too close to you, you will be distorted. In other words, step back from the camera. “The closer you are to a wide angle, the more distorted it.”

Eye Level

not on the webcam saw to you, because that you will turn into “Look up my nostrils, dude”. Let’s put it this way. The camera in the face is the oldest unflattering look in the books. It’s what Director James Whale did in the original 1931 “Frankenstein” movie, the monsters look more menacing. Some people recommend to make the camera look down on you, but Becker did not buy. “An eye for an eye-contact is the best connection,” Look at the camera directly, straight ahead.  How to do, when the webcam is physically under your eye? Stack a few books under your laptop until you find the webcam at eye-level. 


While we not just told you to step away and not so close, not so far, that the microphone will hear you. Remember that the children and other sound distractions in another room while you can use your session if. And, this is a big one: don’t forget to mute the microphone when you hear the. To hear otherwise, everyone gets, you can tap away. For better audio, Becker, the use of accessories, mic, the sound is much better. You can pick up a microphone, plug into the USB port of your laptop for $99 and up (we like the Rode NT-USB microphone as an appetizer) or, even better, for $ 20, which he recommends, a small clip-on mic, the Movo LV1, that connects you directly into the microphone socket of your laptop. In Zoom, you can in the General settings and adjust the audio, select your accessories mic rather than the mic of the webcam. 

Finally, we wrote earlier this week about the great webcam-deficiency for the year 2020. Many people have discovered that, if you are going to be on Zoom and other video conferencing, the look all day, you want to do your best to. Laptop webcams ultra-low-resolution, and for $100 to $200, you can much better specs and more presentable. with a separate webcam.  

to report Sad that the situation will get even better. Logitech dominate the webcam, the production, sells all his products. The Brio, which broadcasts in 4K resolution, and is usually sold for $199, which is sold out on Amazon, except from third-party Resellers, the ask, $359 and up. On eBay bids of up to $350 area are starting at $275. 

What to do? Try the classifieds sites like Craigslist, Letgo, or Facebook Marketplace for a used, inexpensive model, or pull out the old DSLR out of the closet and instead connect it to the computer. This is much more complicated than the use of a webcam, but a software Website such as eCamm compatible. YouTuber Adrian Salisbury has a tutorial, how-to’s here.  

In other tech news this week

Google and Apple together, to help combat coronavirus with “contact tracing” – technology apps that help you determine, whether people, you were diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Samsung introduced a new line of smartphones starting at $109. The A-series is the cost effective answer to the high-end Galaxy S line. 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that he would donate $1 billion for COVID relief. 

Verizon and Cox cable ended in-person to turn visits to communicate the smartphone apps with the customer, instead of. 

This week’s talking Tech podcast

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Released on Sat, 11 Apr 2020 12:53:38 +0000

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