5 Tips for Video Conference Lighting

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Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, significantly more people have been communicating with their colleagues via video conference apps such as Zoom, Teams, Google Meet or even Skype. Permanent work at home also makes other demands on the technical equipment of your home office. In addition to a good webcam, the right lighting for video conferences also plays an important role.

 1. The right position

Falsche Lichtquellenposition
wrong position of lightingsources

In order to make sure that you are easily recognizable and that your face is not only illuminated selectively, the lighting should ideally be mounted about 30 cm above your eye level. If the light from there blinds you, you can also mount it a little higher. If you notice shadows under your nose and chin, however, the light is a little too high.

 

2. More Lightsources

Mehrere Lichtquellen vs. eine Lichtquelle
More light sources vs. one light source
Studios deliberately have countless lamps for lighting, because they do not create shadows. So instead of one desk lamp, you could try to use two desk lamps. Because with only one light source often times one side of your face is in the shadow and the other side of your face is partly too brightly lit.

The most common principle to avoid shadows on the face is the so-called "three-point lighting". This principle is divided into key light, fill light and back light.

1. The key light is the main light for the illumination. This light is the most important and is a little higher at about 45 degrees away from the camera.

2. The fill light is responsible for the brightening and is primarily intended to reduce the shadows created by the main light.

3. The back light provides a clearer contrast between the foreground and the background. This also creates more depth in the picture.
Dreipunktbeleuchtung three-point lighting
If you manage to create this situation in your home office, this is one of the easiest ways to achieve a nice light effect.

If such lighting is not possible in your home office, there are solutions that are significantly less complex and still very effective. Here, slightly wider LED panels or ring lights are usually used.

 

3. Window light

Fenster Gegenlicht
Window light

The light from outside provides an ideal natural light source for video conferences. However, the alignment to the window is very important, because you should never have the window behind you, otherwise you will be barely recognizable and even the best webcam cannot compensate for this. In the best case, the light comes from the side, because if it is behind the screen, it quickly causes headaches because of the different lighting conditions between the screen and the background, which strain your eyes..

  

4. Light color or light temperature

Warmes Licht vs. weißes Licht
warmth light vs. cool light
Depending on the lamp, there are different light colors or temperatures, which are specified in Kelvin. The lower the number, the more amber or orange the light appears and the higher the number, the bluer is the light. For example, a candle with more orange light has a color temperature of 1500 Kelvin. Most LED panels generate a color temperature of up to 5600 Kelvin, which roughly corresponds to daylight. The maximum of the scale is around 12,000 Kelvin, which roughly corresponds to a cloudless blue sky.

With a color temperature of 5600 Kelvin you should be easily recognizable and at the same time the light looks very natural. However, the ideal color temperature can differ depending on the skin tone.

Skala warmes bis kalten Licht in Kelvin

Bhutajata, Color temperature black body 800-12200K, CC BY-SA 4.0

  

5. Soft light

Weiches vs. hartes Licht
soft light vs. hard light

Soft light or indirect light is also a great help for ideal lighting in video conferences. Instead of direct light, soft light is scattered by e.g. a lampshade, but alternatively you can also point a lamp against a white wall and get a similar effect. In this way, indirect light can be generated from a direct light source. The advantage of indirect light is that it casts much softer shadows, making you more visible in your Zoom meeting.

 

Conclusion

Many factors play a role for the ideal lighting in your video conference, in addition to the lighting from outside, the color temperature and the number of light sources, the positioning of these lamps is also important. For lighting in video conferences, LED ring lights are the simplest solution. The LED 180 Halo ring light from our range is recommended, with this you get a very good complete solution at a fair price and a tripod is included.

 

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