Here are three simple tips (along with some convincing before and afters to seal the deal) to improve your webcam video picture.‘s Work Flow series who are staring directly down at their web camera, nose hairs and all. Never sit with your back to a window while doing an online video conversation or meeting unless you also have light on the front of your face to balance things out (a backlit shot is not a good shot).In other words, no matter how technical they are, most webcam users forget that your eye line matters. If you’re in a room without a window, dig around for a light that you can place in front of you–even if you only have access to a small lamp.3. Built-in web cameras have come a long way, but external web cameras have come even further.If you’re looking down at your camera, the person you’re calling is looking up at you. Set your computer (if you’re on a laptop) on a few books so that you’re looking slightly up at the web camera. Just a few years ago the i Sight, Apple’s built-in cam, was excellent quality.
Some web cams and video conferencing systems use the more expensive cameras which is why they look great, but you’ll notice that those cameras are much bulkier and not practical to stuff in an iphone.More than 300 billion total calling minutes take place annually on Skype; 50% of those calls are video conversations.Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer revealed this stat at CES last month while discussing the Internet software’s ongoing success internationally.So until someone creates a cheap hybrid lens to take care of this problem we’re stuck with wide angle lenses in our cell phones and web cams.Fix: Wait until hybrid lens technology becomes smaller and cheaper /or/ use software to try to remove the distortion in real time.