In the dynamic world of professional recruitment, how you present yourself can be the difference between landing that coveted opportunity or being passed over. Today, we’re focusing on a vital yet often overlooked aspect of your digital presentation – lighting.
The Impact of Lighting on Videoconferencing
What makes one video call visually appealing and another less so? The answer is simple, yet profound – lighting. Proper lighting not only enhances your on-camera appearance but also projects an image of professionalism and attention to detail. It’s not about vanity; it’s about visibility.
Understanding Light Sources and Angles
When setting up your video conferencing space, consider two crucial elements: light sources and angles. Your primary light source should be facing you, illuminating your face evenly. It’s beneficial to position this light source slightly above your eye level, angled down. This setup helps eliminate shadows and provides a flattering, professional look.
For those who wear glasses, optimizing your lighting setup is even more critical. To minimize glare, adjust your light sources so they are not reflecting directly off your lenses into the camera. Experiment with different positions until you find an angle that illuminates your face without causing reflections. Here are a few tips:
- Sit facing a window, or with it slightly off to the side, if possible.
- Never have the light source behind you or below your face. Put your laptop up on a box or platform so the screen is in front of you.
- Check the settings on your camera – you may need to opt for manual settings instead of auto. Time of day also makes a difference.
- Try taking off your glasses (if that’s a realistic option) or tilting the lens slightly to minimize glare. My personal experience is that my computer lenses, which have a bluelight filter on them, have a horrible blue glare on videoconferences.
Natural vs. Artificial Light: What’s the Difference?
Natural light, provided by the sun, is often the preferred choice for video calls due to its ability to render colors accurately. Position yourself near a window to take advantage of natural light, but avoid direct sunlight, which can cause harsh shadows.
Artificial light, from lamps or overhead lights, can also be manipulated to create a flattering effect. However, it’s crucial to understand the color temperature of your artificial lights. Warm light can cast a yellowish hue, while cool light tends toward blue. Aim for a neutral, natural-looking light by combining different light sources if necessary.
- Morning sunlight is bluer, while midday sun is a warmer, more golden color.
- Fluorescent lighting is garish and should be avoided whenever possible.
- Experiment with lamps that have white shades that can diffuse bright light.
- If you’re sitting in front of a window, try closing a blind and aiming a light source at the blind. This can help reflect a softer, more flattering light on your face.
Your Lighting Setup Matters
You may wonder, “Is it really worth the effort to optimize my lighting for video calls?” We’re here to tell you that it absolutely is. Better lighting helps you appear more poised, confident and professional.
Lighting isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about communication. Proper lighting ensures that you’re seen clearly, allowing your expressions and body language to contribute to your message. In a professional setting, this attention to detail can set you apart.