How to look decent in a WFH Video Call? Quick and practical tips on lighting basics to look better on a video call
1 session: 20 Jun 2020, 10 – 12pm
It’s a wrap! Behind the scene
Updated 20 Jun 2020
So… Seems like Working From Home (WFH) is here to stay for some of us. After countless video call, you may be wondering why some of them look better on the screen? After you have tried dolling up, looking for a clean background, somehow you are still not so satisfied with how are you being presented on the screen. You are very sure that the image quality can be a little better. Besides having a decent webcam or mobile camera, one thing I’ve noticed as a photographer is that many have missed out one of the most important element… The light source. It’s not just switching on the ceiling light or have a bright window light. But how the presenter is positioned, how the light is modified or even manipulated so the light can present you in a better, erm, light! As a professional,
not internet, photographer since 2005, I had the luxury to practice and use various light sources, from ambient to professional lighting, to improvising lighting source. Who knows this photography skill can be handy for a video call? Coming in Jun 2020, another updated version of this workshop.
- Lighting Basics and why it’s crucial for you to know;
- Available Tools you can grab to quickly manipulate the light source;
- Three basic setups to help you through;
- Q&A and demo
- So you may look even better and outstanding in a video call and online workshop.
- Discover items you have at home you can use to manipulate light.
- Be informed what equipment to invest in without trial and error.
What to Prepare
- Portable table lamp, floor lamp, mobile light. (you’ll be moving them around)
- A3 size or bigger whiteboard/ card
- Day curtain. If possible, bring yourself next to it for this workshop.
- White cloth, A4 white paper, kitchen paper towel (because it’s larger than tissue paper)