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How to look your best on Zoom video calls - 4 free and easy tips from video professionals

Qiva Media    |    601 Words     |      3 Min

Video calls, especially on Zoom, have become an important part of our professional and personal lives, but we notice that people are still struggling a bit with the video part of the video call. Especially in a work meeting, it’s important that you look your best so that people who are listening can focus on what you are saying. It doesn’t have to be perfect, we just want to be able to see you and hear you clearly.


So here are 4 free and easy tips that can help you improve your next video call.


1. Check your light source


In video calls, people need to see your eyes and face clearly. Otherwise, why bother with a video call at all. To do this, you need to position your main light source so that it lights your face evenly. What does that mean? It means you should have any windows or lights in front of you and behind the camera. Try to avoid any strong light sources behind you, otherwise, your camera will adjust the exposure to the bright light behind you and your face will become dark. 

Your main light source can be a window, a lamp or, for the best results, a professional video light.


Lamps and lights are easy to position behind your computer, but what if your light source is a window? For best results (without using a professional light), we recommend that you move your laptop or even your entire desk, so that any windows are facing you. This may sound like a lot but it can make a huge difference. Professional photographers and videographers often use natural light from a window to achieve beautiful shots.

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Too much light in the background. Photo by Zoom

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A nice light source behind your camera/laptop makes all the difference. Photo by Zoom

2. Raise your laptop/camera


Nobody looks good from below. Try raising your laptop/camera so that the lens of the camera is level to your eyes. This simple trick will work wonders to make you look better on any video call.

To raise your laptop you can use anything from a few big books to a shoebox. No-one on the other side of the call will be able to see what you are using to raise your laptop, so you really don’t need to spend any money on expensive laptop stands. Unless you want to, of course.

Looking down at your camera is never a good idea.

Some books and a lamp does the trick!

3. Mind your headroom


In professional video production, we often talk about headroom, this is the amount of space that you have in the frame above your head. Usually, headroom should be kept to a minimum. We don’t want to see your ceiling, we want to see you. This is one of the easiest tricks to make you look more professional on any video call. Just tilt your camera down a little bit.

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Young man with too much headroom. He's also not on a video call, but you get the point.


This looks much better.

Photo by Pedram Normohamadian on Unsplash

4. Tidy up your background


Now that we’ve made sure you look your best, let’s turn our attention to what’s behind you. A messy background can draw attention away from you and what you have to say, so make sure you tidy up.


Clean, simple backgrounds are the best and you can never go wrong with a bookshelf or a plant. But you can also go creative, add some art in the background, or if you’re doing a work call, something related to your industry. For inspiration and a laugh, check out Room Rater on Twitter

Bonus tip:  Use a headset for better sound


We recommend that you use a headset to make sure that your sound quality is as good as possible. While looking good and professional on videos calls is important, what matters most is that people can hear what you have to say. Microphones on computers are getting better and video conferencing software can filter out some noise, but nothing compares to have a microphone close to your mouth. Even though it might not look so nice, you can use a wired headset, but for the cleanest look, we recommend that you use a wireless headset.


There, now you are ready to make the right impression on your next video call.

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