All Stan State students, faculty, and staff have access to Zoom for attending and hosting online meetings. Often, meeting participants will be expected to use a webcam to help make the meeting more engaging. However, as in face-to-face meetings, you must pay attention to your presentation and appearance in an online meeting so as not to fall into embarrassing habits.
Some on-camera tips:
- Lighting your face more brightly than the background makes it easier to see you.
- Keep your head high in the picture frame.
- Dress appropriately: you are being seen!
- Physical movement and facial expressions matter, just as in a face-to-face context.
- Computer mics pick up lots of ambient noise, so keep your mic muted until you're ready to speak.
- Remember that when on-camera, other activities such as eating, drinking, flossing your teeth, and shuffling papers are extremely unflattering and distracting.
Lighting, Location, and Framing Examples
Recording in the dark (presumably late at night) results in "ghostly" appearance. Glasses reflect screen glare; turn down laptop brightness setting.
Cluttered, unattractive background could be distracting. Good light though!
Laptop angle is also too low, resulting in "peeking" (or worse!) and unnecessary view of ceiling.
Good front light. Uncluttered background. Nicely framed pose.
Watch 5 Do’s and Don’ts of Webcam Etiquette
Created by San Diego State, this video presents additional information about webcam etiquette.