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Capture the angle
When it comes to solving this problem, the best solution is also the easiest: raise the camera. The camera itself should ideally be slightly above eye level for a nice angle. If you’re using a tablet or phone, the easiest way to solve your problem is to raise the device. But if you’re using a laptop or just don’t want to keep your device up for the entire meeting, there are a few more things you can do to improve things.
Increase your device
There are a few ways to easily raise your camera, but if you don’t want to purchase additional equipment, simply stack some books, use a cardboard box, or use a larger area than you currently have.
Additionally, monitor stands are designed to raise devices, are usually adjustable, and have the added bonus of improving the ergonomics of your desk setup. Arms and supports also work great for raising your device, but they require a bit more complicated setup, usually requiring clamping to a surface. For phones and tablets, there are plenty of choices that allow you to position the device the way you want. This can also make watching the video call a more comfortable experience for you. Lamicall makes some excellent arms for phones and tablets that are highly adjustable and should support most models.
When it comes to laptops, make sure that the mount you buy is fitted for the respective size and weight of your laptop. Either absence is disastrous and can leave you with more than just a camera angle to fix. WALI manufactures a simple yet sturdy laptop arm that can carry laptops under 22 pounds.
Customize your webcam
If you’re using a desktop PC, you probably already use a dedicated webcam, which gives you a lot more freedom in positioning the camera. Placing the webcam on your monitor usually works – especially if you have your monitor on a stand, but you can easily place it on a stand or tripod for extra height (these are webcam specific). Be careful, if you also rely on the webcam for your microphone, you don’t want it too far away for clear sound.
If you need a good camera, we recommend the popular Logitech C920. Unfortunately, there is no way to connect a webcam to a phone or tablet, so you should instead follow one of the ideas mentioned earlier.
This is another suggestion for laptop and desktop users: see if your webcam came with software to edit it. If you drastically change where your webcam is and how it’s tilted, chances are there are now things in the camera’s view that you don’t want to show.
Many webcams have software you can download to customize their cropping and framing. While this won’t solve a camera angle problem on its own, it can help to make sure that what you want in frame is the only thing in frame.
It can take a lot to look your best on a video call, but it’s worth it at the end of the day. This year, video calling is the number one communication tool for many of us, so it’s important to make sure it’s a good experience for yourself and the people you talk to. And with just one of the suggestions we’ve listed here, your camera angle issues should be resolved.