What is the Best Way to Use a Webcam?

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The best way to use a webcam is to follow a few tips about position, lighting, and setups. Use this checklist of 8 handy tips to make sure you get the most out of your webcam.

  1. Place the webcam at eye level or slightly higher to look better on camera. 
  2. Look into the camera to connect with the viewer.
  3. If you use two monitors, place your camera in between.
  4. Use a solid color background to avoid distractions. (If you’re using Zoom with your webcam, choose a virtual background that suits.)
  5. Make sure there’s good lighting in the room. Soft light coming from the front is very flattering, but you can use more than one light source to create a more interesting setup. 
  6. Add an external microphone if the one built into the webcam isn’t very powerful. Don’t be afraid to mute the mic if you need to cough or sneeze – see what should you not do on a Zoom call.
  7. Do manual adjustment settings to find the best image and sound quality for your specific situation. 
  8. Run a webcam test just to double-check your final settings

Overall, make sure you’re using a high-quality webcam for the best results. If you have no other options, you can use your smartphone. This article will show you the steps: Can I use my phone as a webcam?

I hope these tips helped you understand the best way to use a webcam for your next Zoom call, teleconferencing or live streaming event.

Ana Mireles is a Mexican researcher that specializes in photography and communications for the arts and culture sector.

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