I try to make an effort to dress professionally for my Zoom calls, of course, I'm not pulling out couture looks during this pandemic, but I try to always look professional. However, I was finding that every time I logged into a Zoom call - my appearance would come across grainy, dark and just a little off. When I'd see myself in the mirror I knew this wasn't the case. So what was I doing wrong?
Then one day one of my entrepreneur friends mentioned Zoom Beauty Mode. Now, this isn't an official term Zoom uses, but I have to say it's made such a difference in warming the lighting and adjusting the grainy-ness of my calls to make me feel more like I do in real life.
This isn't your appearance-altering Instagram filter, if you look like you just rolled out of bed it won't turn you into Beyonce but I do find it helps me feel more confident when conducting Zoom meetings as I feel more like the person I see in my mirror.
So how do you go about getting this feature? It is just 3 simple steps.
Open Zoom on your computer. Click your Image Icon (see example below: in my case, this is my logo icon). A drop-down menu will appear where you can click Settings.
Settings will open up a new window, like this one below. What I love about this that you're also able to change the skin colour of your emojis too, so if you want, go ahead and do that before we continue.
Now click on the Video tab. Once you do this you will find a preview of yourself live, along with these options below:
To adjust the "grainy look" make sure you select HD in the first line. Next, under My Video, you'll see two options Touch Up My Appearance and Adjust Low Light.
I have a lot of natural light in my office, but it doesn't come across on camera, so I choose to fully enhance this feature. However, I only Touch Up my appearance slightly as I still want to look "real" and like myself!
And just like that, you're ready to look like a pro on Zoom!
Please note this blog post is not to encourage you to change or alter your looks but to allow you to look more professional on your Zoom calls.