How do you light yourself for a Zoom meeting?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

To properly light yourself for a Zoom meeting, it’s important to consider a few key factors. The goal is to have even and steady lighting that highlights your face without creating any unwanted shadows or silhouettes.

First and foremost, it’s recommended to have one steady lamp positioned directly in front of your face. This will provide a consistent and balanced light source. Avoid using sidelight or backlight, as these can create uneven lighting and make it difficult for others to see your facial features clearly.

Sitting with your back to a window is also something to avoid. When you have a bright light source behind you, the camera will automatically expose for that light, resulting in your face being underexposed and appearing as a silhouette. Instead, position yourself facing the window or have the window to the side, so that the natural light illuminates your face evenly.

If you don’t have access to natural light or prefer artificial lighting, consider using a ring light or a softbox. These lighting tools can provide an even and diffused light that flatters your features. Place the light source in front of you, slightly above eye level, to minimize any unflattering shadows.

It’s worth noting that the color temperature of your lighting is important too. Ideally, aim for a neutral or daylight-balanced light source, around 5000-6500 Kelvin, to ensure that your skin tones appear natural and not too warm or cool.

Experiment with the positioning and intensity of your lighting to find the most flattering setup for your face. Lighting can vary depending on your specific features and the look you want to achieve. Don’t hesitate to adjust and tweak until you’re satisfied with the result.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your Zoom meetings are well-lit and that your face is clearly visible to others. Remember to have one steady lamp directly in front of your face, avoid sidelight or backlight, and be mindful of your positioning in relation to any natural or artificial light sources. With a little experimentation, you can create a professional and flattering lighting setup for your virtual meetings.