If you’re looking to get your face seen across the internet, whether it’s by streaming through live platforms or by producing and releasing videos, then you want to make sure that you are giving off the right presentation from top to bottom. This includes not just you and your video editing, but also the environment that you’re broadcasting from as well. Here are a few ways to ensure you have the right setup.
Comfort comes first
Whether you’re filming and delivering content alone in front of a camera or you’re sitting and streaming in front of a live audience, you want to make sure that you’re comfortable as people can tend to pull some pretty long hours when they’re in the zone. To that end, you should ensure that you focus on the vital ergonomics of your setup, ensuring that your chair gives you good support, as well as that your keyboard, mouse, and monitors are at a good height so that you don’t have to strain to reach or look at them.
Add some depth with your lighting
Of course, being well-lit, especially from the front, is vital when it comes to broadcast. How else are your viewers to see your face? There are ring lights that are especially popular for providing bright but soft lighting from the front, but you should be thinking about the scene the lighting creates behind you, as well. Making use of LED strip lights can help you create and customize your own colored lighting to help your environment fit the specific aesthetic that you want. Whether you want something dramatic and bold or welcoming and friendly, it can help blend your entire room into a pleasing complementary background.
Don’t be afraid of showing some personality
Have you been thinking bout some knick-knacks on your desk that you might tidy away? Perhaps you have some art or other decorative pieces in the background that you’re thinking about hiding? Unless it’s inappropriate for your audience (or against your platform’s terms of service) you should consider leaving it right where it is. Leaving little hints of your personality and your tastes out there can help you better find the audience that shares your vibe and also creates an interest and curiosity that can get people engaging with you.
Go for a digital setup
Perhaps your environment doesn’t need to factor into what you display to your audience after all. There are plenty of streamers and content creators that will make use of green screens, instead, allowing them to pull backgrounds from a wide range of sources. Whether it’s a specific vista, a screenshot of a game you love, or any other kind of image or footage, you have complete control over a green screen, just make sure you test it rigorously so that it works effectively.
Personal taste plays a huge role in the effectiveness of your setup, and how much your environment suits your brand or vibe. The tips above can give you the means to start exploring that, however.