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Here at Blue Jeans Network, we often hear of folks who are just too scared to be on a video conference. Part of that comes from a discomfort of how we think we look on video. There are plenty of things to be scared of (especially during Halloween) but being on a video conference doesn't have to be one of them! By avoiding certain trapdoors, you can always look your best on a video call.

And what exactly are those trapdoors? Poor lighting, too much lighting, and bad camera angles.

Poor lighting: Light from a single source that's positioned incorrectly can cast unflattering shadows across the face and can give you an extreme 5 o’clock shadow or even make you look completely different.

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Too much lighting: When there’s too much light behind you coming from a window or other light source, it can also be problematic and can eerily shadow your face.

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The best rule of thumb is to ensure that your video meeting takes place in a properly lit area with your face as the focal point.

The Right Angles

Oftentimes users are unaware of how they look on video and inadvertently cut off foreheads and chins and display unflattering views into noses. This is where self-view on the Blue Jeans browser is your best friend. Prior to entering a video call, you can preview how you'll look before jumping into a meeting. Sit far enough back and put the top half of your body in frame. We all can be overly self-conscious of looking at ourselves, but trust us- this is the best way to avoid any embarrassment!

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Being in a video meeting doesn’t have to be scary. When you use these video conferencing best practices, you’re halfway there. So this Halloween, face your fears and your colleagues! From all of us at Blue Jeans Network, Happy Halloween!

Special thanks to all the folks here at HQ for putting their best (scared) faces forward.