The COVID-19 / Corona Virus pandemic has been forcing most of us to work or study from home.
For many employees and business owners, this is a new experience. My prediction is that this will cause employers and workers to reconsider the importance of having an office and continue to support working from home.
Just like going to work, it is essential to present yourself and your company in a professional manner. Too often, I can hear background noises from children, pets, and the dreaded leaf-blower in the nearby yard. More prominent and often awkward is the video conferencing where your appearance and workspace is visible for all to see.
Use a headset to minimize background noises and keep your housemates from overhearing your conversations. You can use the earbuds that came with your iPhone or invest in a decent headset. Position the microphone to the side of your mount to minimize breathing noise and popping sounds. Change the microphone sensitivity from auto to manual and reduce the sensitivity to less than half.
Good light is essential. If you can face a window for a more natural appearance. Improve your appearance with a backdrop that is neutral or enhances your professional appearance. For example, a blank wall, bookcase, or something related to your profession. Perhaps that old movie screen in the attic can now be used as a backdrop 😉
Reduce the video quality to prevent dropped connections. It’s tempting to use the highest video quality, but it also requires a lot more bandwidth on both sides.
All build-in webcams are located at the center of the top of the screen. This limits the angle you can face your audience. You might want to use an external webcam so that you can position it to show your best side. To further enhance your appearance, you might want to try the iGlasses app. It will allow you to adjust exposure, color, white balance, sharpness, etc.
Perhaps this experience might inspire you to ramp up your work from home and take it to the next level. Here is a link to a page at the Adorama Photo Video website is an excellent start to figure out how to set up your home studio. And check out Ecamm live to professionalize your video presentation.