5 Ways to Set Up the Perfect Lighting for Virtual Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people are switching to virtual meetings. If you also have too many of those meetings and want to make an impression during the next meeting, be it to impress an interviewer or speak clearly with potential investors, then read on. Here we have mentioned the top 5 ways to set up the perfect lighting for virtual meetings.

1.       Face the Light Source

The first trick is to face the light source and ensure that the light falls on your face. The light source can be anything from the natural light coming from the window or a huge lamp near your work desk. Never sit with your back to the window or a corner with no light sources as it might give a silhouette effect and make you look like a movie villain.

2.       Use More Natural Light

Whenever possible, you need to use natural light as it creates a pleasing look on your face. It also helps by lighting the skin tones for the camera. It will also ensure that other colors are also rendered more accurately. To get more natural light, set up the essentials of a virtual meeting in a room that has multiple windows.

3.       Seek Soft Directional Light

If any source of light you are using seems too harsh, you can use lampshades or a diffuser to reduce its harshness. In case the light is too harsh on you, you can bring the diffuser or lampshade closer. You can also invest in some lights that are meant to give off soft light. For example- you can try ring lights are they softly light up your face and give you a pleasant look.

4.       Make Sure You Have the Right Amount of Light

Too much light can often the virtual meetings as people might find it hard to concentrate. Excess light also means that the overexposed and brightly lit parts of a frame might turn solid white. If you think there’s too much light, you can dim the light or step back from it. You can also use multiple light sources and ensure that you are not surrounded by darkness.

5.       Try a Three-Point Lighting Setup

You can also use a three0point lighting setup that many video production professionals use. In this setup, you need a key light, a backlight, and a fill light. The key light is the primary light source that must be placed either on the right or left side of the face. The fill light is placed on either side of the face. This light helps in filling any harsh shadows that are cast by the key lights. As the name suggests, the backlight is placed behind you to cast a rim around your outline. They help in separating you from the background.

This setup is one of the oldest and tried-and-tested methods that work wonders if you follow the instructions.

Also, check out this article on 9 ways to look more polished on virtual office calls.

Here’s how to elevate your presence in a virtual meeting.

by Shruti , CNS Canadian News Source



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