For the past few weeks, we've been sharing how to start using Facebook live. For some of you, Facebook live is more than you are ready to take on, but most of us are doing virtual meetings, especially with our borrowers. So, it's important to use the proper lighting at your desk for your videos.
As we are all so keenly aware, COVID has brought a halt to any live workshops you may have done in the past, but it certainly has not put a halt on business and many of you have taken to doing “virtual” meetings with your borrowers. Virtual meetings are a great way to stay connected and still develop that “face-to-face” relationship. Whether you are using Skype, Zoom, Ring Central or Gotomeeting, your equipment is important.
We cannot tell you how many video calls we've been on where the person is in the dark or shadowed by too much back lighting and while this may not seem like a big deal to some people, how you look does create a first impression, so having the right light can help to give you the right professional impression.
For years we have used the Emart LED Portable Camera to light up my videos and video conference calls that we do at our desk. It gives a nice soft glow and can be easily moved around depending on the natural light that comes in from my office window. Priced at under $20 it comes with a set of two and is a great addition for a back light to your video conference calls. We place it next to our computer, just below the Logitech HD Camera.
Recently, our CEO, Ginger Bell, tested out the Lumecube Broadcasting Light, because she's a geek and likes to try out different equipment to share with our clients. What can she say? She loves it! Yes, the price is a little steep at about $135 for the set, but the warm glow it provides is worth it. It comes with a computer back mount so you can sticky it to your computer next to your webcam. It charges with a USB cable that seems to last for a pretty long period of time.
One of the biggest hurdles people face in doing videos is how they look and having the right lighting can give you a softened glow that will literally, shed a light on you.
Finding webcam’s these days can be a challenge, but if you are searching for a good one, the Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam includes a ring light. Ginger use this one when she travels so she doesn’t have to carry around all her home office studio lights. You’ll have to check on a few sites like Amazon and BestBuy to find it as it has been sold out off and on for awhile now, but it is a great little webcam.
Whatever equipment you are using make sure that you are including lighting. Always test your equipment before you begin and find the right angles and position for you. Trust me, it will make you feel a lot more confident and give you that polished professional appearance you would have if you were meeting someone face to face! Links are included below. (No guarantees on prices or availability)
Emart Photography LED Continuous Portable Camera Photo Lighting
Lume Light Broadcast Lighting Kit
Logitech C920S HD Pro Webcam
Razer Kiyo Streaming Webcam
Need help honing your message or organizing your content strategy or video production? Reach out to us today! Our team can help with any aspect of your content, video, Facebook live or webinar production from creating a show outline to having a producer edit and produce your videos for you.
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