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Light

There's two sides to this tale as well:

Your monitor

  • Prevent incidental light
    Make sure your monitor is in a shaded place to avoid annoying reflections
  • Prevent reflections
    Screens with a glossy surface mirror all bright surfaces. If you see larger light areas, it could be you wearing a white shirt
    - or maybe you have a white wall behind you
  • Rather use a lamp or light from the front, than use the light sources shining from behind you

You yourself!

  • Show a preference for natural light
    Because artificial light often causes an orange discoloration of you and your surroundings
    If natural light isn't available, you can place a soft lamp on both sides of your monitor
  • Please note that photochromic (sun)glasses (and lenses!) darken in daylight
 

Camera Setup

  • Build-in webcams aren't usually located in the most ideal position
  • To ensure your camera shows you from the best possible angle:
    Reposition your camera with a telephone stand when needed
  • Yes, a stand-alone webcam does comes in handy!
  • Another advantage: a proper webcam can be used in a powercul combo with a teleprompter (protip!)
 

Camera Setup

  • Build-in webcams aren't usually located in the most ideal position
  • To ensure your camera shows you from the best possible angle:
    Reposition your camera with a telephone stand when needed
  • Yes, a stand-alone webcam does comes in handy!
  • Another advantage: a proper webcam can be used in a powercul combo with a teleprompter (protip!)

Sound

Sound problems can be solved 'in stereo' only. Listen to both sides of the story now:

The microphone

  • Prevent feedback:
    When your microphone is positioned in front of your speakers there is a possiblilty for a feedback loop
  • Prevent echo:
    Don't sit (or stand!) too close to a wall, or any other reflexive surface
    Make sure you're computer speakers volume isn't too loud
    (Better yet, use headphones, especially when you're in a very crowded online meeting)

Your surroundings

  • Prevent background noise
    Please switch off the radio and tv to prevent any disturbing sounds
  • Test the volume of your microphone before you enter a meeting
 

Terminology

What do all those fancy names mean?

An explanation of the terms and descriptions in webcam-world:
  • AUTO-FOCUS = The camera automatically focusses on your face
  • AUTO-FRAME = The camera zooms in on your face and track it, even when you move
  • FRAME SNELHEID = The number of frames per second. 25 is fine
  • FACE RECOGNITION = The camera recognizes your face and adjusts the focus to your face
  • MODI = The way the video-images are build up is a combination of the resolution and a letter
    i = intermitting = Intermitting the odd and then the even lines are created. This can lead to horizontal stripes, specifically during fast movements
    p = progressive = Het image lines are created from top to bottom
  • MUTE = Switches off your microphone
  • RESOLUTION = The number of pixels of an image. 1080p is the current standard, often simply called "HD" (high definition)
  • USB-C = A modern connector. Older computers might need an adapter for an USB-C connector
  • VIRTUAL BACKGROUND = The software will replace your excisting background with an image or video

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