Using Zoom, lift your cam lens to eye-level.
Updated: Nov 25, 2020
A good portion of people meeting via video conference have their laptop, and thus their camera lens, too low. As a result, their viewer's experience is one of someone looming over them or looking down on them. This doesn't exactly cultivate a feeling of connection.
It's also one of many unnatural things the viewing brain has to deal with on the typical video call – the same things that contribute to Zoom fatigue.
There are two good reasons for raising the top of your computer screen where your camera lens is located to eye-level:
It's ergonomically correct because it puts your neck in a neutral position while viewing the screen.
It's visually optimal for your viewers because they get a more natural, in-person speaking simulation of you.
This gadget lifting my laptop is called a Roost. It's very portable and adjusts to three heights. When there isn't a pandemic going on, I bring it on the road to use in coffee shops and hotel rooms. As with any laptop lifting tool, I must also carry a portable keyboard and track-pad, but both of those are fairly small and light.
Whatever tool you choose, lift your cam lens to eye-level so that your teleconference viewers get the best, most natural experience of you.
Here are a few other cam composition reminders: