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How to look good on webcam and Skype video

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In these short videos, you'll learn how a few small changes to lighting, camera position, and backgrounds can make a huge difference in how you look when using a webcam to send video

Chances are, your laptop computer, your tablet, your cellphone, and even your desktop computer have web cams built in. And even if they don't, you may have purchased a great web cam like the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920.

In any of these cases, if you are using your web cam for live video calls, or video interviews, or Google+ chats, there are a few things you can do to make sure you look good on web cam.

The videos below give you some tips on how you can look your best when using your web cam.

This is the one I like the best. The presenter makes it easy to watch, includes examples of good and bad, and includes humor. He is using a Logitech HD C615 webcam with Autofocus

In this next video, you'll see why knowing how to look good on webcam can be important - especially if you are a job seeker. In this video, the webcam used is the $40 Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD Webcam for Business - Black

In this next video, we learn why the background behind you is so important - and why you shouldn't have a vodka bottle behind you.

In this video, you'll see a few more tips, but it's a little light on technical info.

In this video, you'll hear from a professional photographer as he shows how to set up simple lighting to get great results on webcam.

And finally,a comparison between the two best webcams currently on the market.

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, 1080p Widescreen Video Calling and Recording (960-000764) $73.00 at Amazon.

Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam (Q2F-00013) - $63 at Amazon.

Regardless of which webcam you use, the lighting, background and positioning of the camera make the biggest difference in video quality.

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