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The downside is that you’ll probably need to get out of your PJ’s and run a comb through your hair for your “phone call” or blog — potentially a big deal for those who work at home.
People seem to like it because communication is more effective and memorable when you can see the other person’s face.
In those cases, I take auditions in the comments to the blog.
There’s usually at least one glaring issue on every chat site that sticks out like a sore thumb.
You want your viewers to focus on It’s not a beauty pageant, but you’ll still want to spare a moment before getting on your call (or recording your blog) to check your image and make sure it’s what you want to portray.
You can stay in your pj-bottoms and slippers if you want, but put a decent shirt on!
Women who typically wear makeup should wear some for the video, maybe even a little brighter than usual — it makes a big difference on a webcam.
If your webcam doesn’t provide a pleasing picture no matter how you adjust it or set the lighting, you may need to look at getting a new one.
They’re relatively inexpensive these days, and they’re made to clip conveniently on to your laptop or monitor. Once you’ve done some experimenting with lighting, background, webcam placement and angles, create a space that you always use for your video blogging or chatting.