Video conferencing has become very popular recently, so having a good video conferencing background created before your first video meeting is essential.
So what’s the best way to set up your office for business video calls?
Styling your home office set-up for the best looking video call boils down to three things: Lighting, camera angle, and background. Take a little time to fix-up your office and you’ll be back to ’Zooming’ in no time.
USE THE BEST LIGHTING
Looking good on camera for your video call is heavily dependant on the lighting in your home office. The most flattering light will come from directly in front of you and shine on your face. If possible, position yourself to face a window. Natural light is the most flattering and the direct light source will smooth out any imperfections.
But what if that isn’t an option? In that case:
Tip: Invest in a cheap ring light. You might think these are just for YouTubers and influencers but I promise, they’re a great investment for anyone who joins video calls.
POSITION YOUR CAMERA LENS PROPERLY
Your camera lens should be at eye level or slightly above. Most people keep their camera angle too low and it can be unflattering.
Tip: Prop your laptop up on a few books or purchase an inexpensive stand and you’ll be good to go.
STYLE THE SPACE BEHIND YOU
Whether you use Zoom, WebEx, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Skype, or another video conferencing software, you should ensure that your background represents your ’world’ and looks professional to your coworkers and clients.
So, don’t forget to style the space behind you. This is what everyone you chat with online will see during your conference calls.
Using a blank wall as a background looks very sterile and boring, and shadows on the wall often look odd.
Your decor should be representative of you personally and/or professionally. People often relate better to someone if they can get clues as to who the person is, which is something you can do with your background.
Decor items with an interesting texture work well, such as ’The Periodic Table of The LEGO Colors’. This unique piece of art is the best decoration you've known by far.
It features 70 different colors and 12 different shapes of pieces that shows the diversity of LEGO bricks.
’The Periodic Table of The LEGO Colors’ turns those stark, bare walls into stylish centerpieces.