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How to Look Good On Video Chat

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Looking your best on video chat may not be the most important thing for marketers, but it can come into play. So here are 5 tips on looking good for your [URL="http://mashable.com/2012/07/27/look-good-on-video/"]video close up[/URL]!

[COLOR=#474747][B]1. Let in the Light[/B]
Ensure you have several light sources and that they are all indirect to avoid dark shadows or a shiny-face effect. Personally, I have found that putting the light source behind the computer works best.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#474747][B]2. Make Eye Contact[/B]
Look into the webcam and not at the screen. It’s easy to be distracted by the personal video preview (the little box that shows how the other person sees you), but this can lead to unflattering postures on camera and a lack of eye contact with the other caller.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#474747][B]3. Beware of Patterns[/B]
While you want to express your personal style, keep in mind that bold patterns can look “messy” on the viewer’s screen. Additionally, some pieces of jewelry can reflect light in a way that distracts the viewer. Less is more with jewelry. And if you wear a pattern, be sure you don’t sit in front of one. The best background is a dark, solid color that doesn’t clash with you. I conveniently — and unintentionally — wore a pretty bold dress today, so this was interesting to see on camera.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#474747][B]4. Sit up Straight[/B]
Make sure your total upper body — not just your face — is visible in the camera area. To provide you with some comfort, keep in mind the caller on the other side only sees you from the waist up.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#474747][B]5. Angle the Camera[/B]
This is a personal tip of my own. I have often found that looking down at the camera often makes your face seem wider. Place the camera on a surface that’s directly in line with your forehead. If you’re on a laptop with a built-in camera (like I am in this picture), don’t tilt the screen up — always place it on a higher surface and tip it down towards you.[/COLOR]

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