We’ve put together a few tips for looking your best during video calls and while making video recordings.
Dress for success
- Choose your outfit based on your dress for an in-office meeting.
- Solid colors, muted earth tones or blues work well.
- Bright colors and white clothes reflect lots of light and are not the best choices.
- Patterns, stripes, and plaids can blur and be distracting on camera.
- Avoid any accessory that jingles or makes noise.
Find a well-lit recording location
- For filming inside, position yourself facing towards the window so the natural light illuminates your face.
- You can also use a lamp or other large light source to illuminate your face.
- Avoid sitting with your back against the window because it will create a dark silhouette.
- If you’re filming yourself outside, either film in all shade or all sun to avoid mixed lighting on your face.
- Remember that there will be more ambient noise when filming outside.
The video shows how using a simple desk lamp to illuminate your face during a video meeting or video recording can improve the overall quality of the video.
Choose a neutral background
- Before you start your call or video, take a moment to look at your background.
- Remove any items that may be distracting.
- If you are using Zoom, you might be able to use the virtual background feature. If so, you can choose from the preloaded options or upload a custom image or video of your choosing.
- Check out our post on how to Duke-ify your Zoom backgrounds using Duke images from our collection!
Maintain good eye contact
- Position your device so that it is slightly above your eye-level. You might need to place your device on a stack of books or other flat, sturdy household items.
- Experiment with the distance between you and your camera to find the distance where you look your best.
- Remember to look at the camera and not your screen when talking.