Choose a quiet room, away from distractions. This will help you focus on your content and also help eliminate background noises from your presentation. Be mindful of what is behind you in frame – distracting elements like branded items and messy rooms. Avoid windows behind you, as this can cause you to appear dark on camera
It is critical for connection stability for your computer to be hardwired into your Modem/Router. DO NOT use a WiFi connection or hotspot. These introduce too many variables that
can cause connectivity issues and ruin your presentation.
Oftentimes, the webcam that is built into our laptop computers are not of high quality. We recommend using an external webcam to ensure you have an HD video source. Logitech HD webcams are a solid choice. There are several different models at different price points, including the Logitech C920 (the best overall value out of the Logitech line) PRICE EST $100.00, C922 Pro Stream, C930e or C615.
These cameras are in high demand, so check your local stores, as well as online retailers for pricing and availability. Whether you utilize an external camera or your built-in webcam, ensure the camera is elevated to near eye level; setting your device too high, or too low can create an unflattering angle. As you deliver your content, look directly into the camera of your device. This will help you engage with your viewing audience.
Good lighting is very critical for a good broadcast experience. Natural light or normal room lighting is usually not sufficient for a broadcast. Although multiple lights can create a studio like effect, the most important is to have a light source that directly lights up the presenter’s face. Lighting that is LED based is preferable, as they do not get hot for the presenter to use. There are a wide variety of affordable lighting options, including the Elgato Key Light (expensive, but high quality), Qiaya Selfie Ring Light (lightweight + affordable) or even a Husky LED work light. If you want to upgrade to a more studio-like experience, there are several companies that sell lighting kits with soft boxes.