“Zoom, Zoom, Zoom make my hearts go boom boom my super nova girl” yes, I did just quote the song from Zenon Girl of the 21st Century because sometimes it’s amazing to think how far technology has come and how technology has brought us all together globally thanks to programs like Zoom, WhatsApp and FaceTime.
For some the thought of a zoom call might give them anxiety. What do I wear? What if they can’t hear me? What if they can’t see me? Those are all understandable concerns and having done zoom calls for four years now, I have a few tips and tricks to help the process be less stress.
Firstly, find the light. Natural light is best but if that can’t be found then a ring lights and other video or photography lighting is a great purchase. The viewer wants to be able to see who they are talking to. Finding great lighting with dimmer switches is great for different times of the day. Here are some of my best picks:
Neewer Ring Light Kit: 18″/48cm Outer 55W 5500K Dimmable LED Ring Light, Light Stand, Carrying Bag for Camera,Smartphone,YouTube,TikTok,Self-Portrait Shooting, Black, Model:10088612 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXDNNBW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_KW2RW5K9BWX5YXN1NQAJ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Limited-time deal: Neewer 2-Pack Dimmable 5600K USB LED Video Light with Adjustable Tripod Stand and Color Filters for Tabletop/Low-Angle Shooting, Zoom/Video Conference Lighting/Game Streaming/YouTube Video Photography https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07T8FBZC2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_5T1HT6R9MPWCQT1JCNQ1 Zoom background effects are fun and sometimes can help cover your background in an emergency but they also may look not as professional as plain clean background because they glitch and all of a sudden you can loose body parts while you’re trying to put your best self out there. The best solution is to order a backdrop here is my choice:
LTRINGYS Chromakey Green Screen Backdrop 4 x 6 ft 2 in 1 Collapsible Reversible Multi-Disc Background Blue Popup with Bag for Chair, Studio Camera Photo & Outdoor Lighting https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087NGVL2S/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_RFGT61XPXEKR31HPM2S6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
If you want to take your Zoom to the next level purchasing a web camera and microphone is another great idea that way everyone can hear and see you clearly. Great options are:
1080P Web Camera, HD Webcam with Microphone & Privacy Cover, 2021 NexiGo N60 USB Computer Camera, 110-degree Wide Angle, Plug and Play, for Zoom/Skype/Teams/OBS, Conferencing and Video Calling https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088TSR6YJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_483C5N9M4V33AFCR1DQH?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
BeeFly USB Microphone, Microphone for Computer Metal Condenser Recording Microphone for PS4 Mac Windows Computer Desktop Microphone for Gaming Podcast Streaming YouTube Chatting https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086RLLMVZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_2W0RR292HJW9RK501WMB Another great tip is in your zoom setting you can turn off your audio and video when you first enter a call. That’s a great option so not everyone catches you arrived late or even weren’t quite ready before entering the zoom room.
Lastly the dreaded please mute yourself situations or forgetting to turn off you camera and everyone now knows you didn’t wear pants. Please wear pants ha ha . Really it isn’t much different than going to a job, you wear pants, sit up, camera straight out in front of your face, stay professional and you make sure you’re aware of what can be seen or heard by viewers. Now go Zoom.
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