How To Improve Sound And Your Image On Zoom
The work place has shifted to remote working and is heavily relying on video conferencing apps to help improve productivity in this new work setting. Many people want to know how to look their best when on camera and how to sound the best when using Zoom.
We all know first impressions are very important, so having a great picture and sound when communication on Zoom or another video app is worth improving your current environment to help put your best foot forward when using these apps.
Below are some recommendations on how to improve your image and sound quality when using Zoom. These range from things like adding additional lighting, reducing ambient noise and testing your image before you start a meeting.
Best Ways To Improve Image And Sound On Zoom
A Lighting Source
An important aspect of your image when being on camera is your lighting source as this can make a big difference. For those that don’t have the best natural lighting, you should make sure you use the proper lighting strategy to have a strong image. Lighting behind you will not create the best image possible, as it will make your face look dark. Instead try having the light source in front of you from multiple directions to avoid a shadow affect.
Reduce Ambient Sounds
Sounds and audios are even more important than your image quality when on Zoom. If people can’t hear what you are saying, then it really reduces the quality of your message. Finding a quiet place can help with your Zoom meeting, but for those that don’t have that luxury there are some other options. Let your family or roommates know ahead of time that you will be having a video conference during specific hours and let them know of the length. Our phones and computers don’t have the best microphones and by purchasing either a headset with a good microphone or a stand-alone microphone. This will not only reduce the ambient sounds, but also improve our audio quality.
If you want to be taken seriously, having a solid background image is important. You don’t have to be like all those people on the news in their offices with all the books showing in the background. A simple solid background that is not distracting is more than enough so the audience can focus on you during the meeting and not lose their attention to what’s happening in your background.
With all the above suggestions in place, do a test run to see if everything is good. See if you have any audio or background issues before going live. Test and see if the lighting source helps with reducing the darkness on your face.