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Zoom Classes: Before: Camera & Sitting Position

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2021 9:27 AM

Before: Getting Ready-Camera & Sitting Position

Set Up Camera and Sitting Position

  • Set up illuminate from in front of you - Light on the face and upper body
  • Open your video, see what you look like; are you  too far down and tilting head back to be seen and to see; are you cut off on any part of the video-top, bottom, or sides
  • Plain and contrasting color (to skin color)  background
  • Virtual backgrounds and the blur background feature make communication more difficult, it is harder for the interpreter or DHH to read or follow signs and speech-read because the picture disappears, the edges blur, distort, or disappear (fingerspelling, numbers, and signs disappear) 
  • Cover any windows near enough to create glare, especially behind or close to the sides of your set up
  • Sit so your face and upper body are framed within the Zoom tile - avoid framing only your neck up, for clear communication support
  • If you are signing, look at your screen throughout the meeting to ensure that your hands are visible. You may be too close to the screen and need to sit back. 

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