With increasing number of lockdowns and work from home orders, it is time to take a good look at our home video conferencing set-up. Whether you just need a tweak or are setting up from scratch, follow our simple tips for a great looking Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
It may take a few hours to get it right, but putting your professionalism on show will provide value when talking to team, clients and management. Of course working from home comes with challenges as we find space among the chaos.
With my daughter taking the primo desk spot for her homeschooling, I converted where I did my make up into a very mini office. With it being used for something new, I took the time to reorganise the space with consideration for my work area and how good it would look on camera.
I adjusted my chair so I was at eye height with the built in camera. Putting the window behind me means I can have depth behind me and I used an old bookcase to add plants and a lamp to create some interest. I tucked all the cables and clutter out of view.
For the lighting I was already backlit by the window but I wanted more control on my key and fill lights. I used an old ring light as my key light, lighting the left side of my face and my old make up mirror (it has lights on it) on the floor as my fill light. I also have a lamp as practical lighting but I’m in a bit of a tight space for practical lighting to really work well. Maybe if we end up with a longer lockdown I might add a subtle RGB light facing a white surface for a bit of colour.
For audio I use some simple Sony headphones to avoid feedback. As we already had microphones in the studio, I use the kit we have but it is overkill for the set up. I use a Rode Procaster microphone on a PSA1 arm, connected to a Rode AI-1 via an XLR cable.
Nb: My daughter is Ravenclaw, I am a Hufflepuff