Coronavirus (COVID-19) has forced corporate Earth to function remotely, relying on technology and software advancements to stay connected and most have video conferencing apps like Zoom to thank for keeping things in motion.
Corporate Earth leans on tech for survival
The world is far from getting things back to normal. The pandemic has yet to peak in hundreds of countries and while health experts are confident that COVID-19 will pass, it is expected to take a great amount of human life along with it.
According to Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD, the world economy will likely plummet “to under two per cent for this year, and that will probably cost in the order of $1 trillion.”
This daunting reality has not discouraged commerce, though. Companies are adapting to the times and central to this is software engineering.
What is Zoom?
Zoom describes itself as a “leader in modern enterprise video communications.” Everything we can do on Slack and Skype, Zoom provides a clearer pixel with and in their own words, “a frictionless environment to get more done.”
Many companies have turned to Zoom Meetings to host work gatherings and for employees, it has become imperative to understand how natural lighting interacts with that web camera nobody ever uses.
Lighting is an important part of video conferencing and people who understand this are often reluctant to explore it due to uninformed guesses about the costs involved.
Tips on setting up lighting at home for Zoom meetings
If you have a window that shines natural light into your home, there are things you can try to manipulate how it displays on a low-pixel web camera.
Here are three things you can try at home to set up lighting for your next Zoom meeting.
- Find a spot in the room with soft light: Depending on the time of your meeting, you will have to find a spot in the room with soft light.
- Consider using a light-catching backdrop: Using a white sheet is the best way to catch harsh light and reflect a softer light to your face. But, it is not a fuss if you can’t get this set up at home.
- Tidy up: Very important, too much clutter can confuse a low-pixel camera and make the lighting of your broadcast look horrible. Besides, it is not professional.