I’ve blogged frequently throughout the pandemic about Zoom meetings from home. I’ve found that applying my knowledge of video production best practices has been useful in maximizing my own Zoom shots. However, miniaturizing the standard gear of a TV studio to use in a home office environment can be tricky proposition.
That said, there’s plenty of compact consumer gear out there that can help improve the look of your video conferencing feeds without overwhelming your desk.
Here are five key pieces of relatively affordable gear I’ve put in place to help with my own Zoom shots:
Sometimes, there’s not a window nearby to offer illumination for your face. Instead, you need to provide your own front-facing light.
- Elgato Key Light Air
$129.99 on Amazon
I use this soft LED as my main lighting positioned behind my iMac. It’s been performing great for over a year now.
- Genaray Powerbank 96A Pocket LED Light
$79.00 at B&H Photo
It’s more expensive than other pocket LEDs, but it’s powerful and the light output levels are adjustable.
Desk Stand to Elevate Laptop Webcam
This stand almost magically levitates your laptop, bringing the computer’s webcam closer to eye level.
- Nulaxy C5 Stand
$69.99 on Amazon
The resulting height adjustment for your laptop will prevent the dreaded Zoom ceiling shot that looks up your nose!
Tabletop Tripod for your External Webcam
It’s sturdy, but small enough to not take over your desk!
- Ulanzi MT-16 Tripod
$23.95 on Amazon
You can pop any webcam onto this baby tripod as long as it uses a standard 1/4” screw mount or GoPro mount.
Smartphone Tripod Adapter
Sometimes, you may have to unexpectedly take your Zoom meeting to another room. A simple way to accomplish that is by using your smartphone.
- Square Jellyfish Jelly Grip Tripod Mount
$12.95 on Amazon
Mounting your device to a tripod using this grip adaptor will negate the need to hold your phone throughout your meeting.
Putting in place a few pieces of valuable support gear will go a long way to help improve your image for your next Zoom meeting.
It’s worth the effort.