Lighting and webcam quick setup guide for new camgirls but also very efficient even for experienced cam models.
In order to have a good webcam feed it’s important that you use a good, HD quality webcam with a hardwired Internet connection and good upload speed. But this is not all!
Another key factor is how you organize the lighting in your room.
If you sit close to a window:
We generally recommend you to avoid using natural lights completely, as they are not considered as stable light sources. This simply has to do with the fact that natural lights’ intensity and position/angle changes during the day, and depends on several factors such as the weather and the actual time. You can do much better with artificial lights and spare yourself from the hassle of having to adjust your settings over and over again to keep your camera feed good quality.
If you have windows in your workspace it’s important that this window is not right behind or in front of you. It’s best to have the window left or right from you and at least have 2 meters between you and the window. Also, make sure that there are curtains or at least sheers you can close to avoid to much direct sunlight. If there is too much direct sunlight on you, it can overexpose your webcam image and this has a negative effect on the quality.
If you are using artificial lights:
It is very important that you have sufficient and good lighting in your room. The best type of light is halogen light, this type of light brings colors to life and makes you look better.
Please never use your screen(s) as a light source – not only does this practice cause discoloration in your feed, it also guarantees that your lighting conditions will be insufficient and that your camera feed will be lagging, choppy and grainy.
Ideally, you should be using several artificial light sources. The lights in your room should always be above you and either next to you, on each sides (not appearing in the camera), or behind your PC/camera to give the best results. If the lights are behind you, they are going to “burn out” your webcam feed by overexposing it, and as thus they are going to lower your feed quality significantly.
The following picture demonstrates a recommended set-up of lights.
Webcam settings explained
Don’t overuse any options within your camera driver, as too much of anything can hurt. Common mistakes you may come across – the screenshot and the options are taken from a Logitech c920 webcam driver:
Exposure, in moderation, helps you to have a nice and light camera feed, as the option determines the amount of light that your lens allows into your camera. However, its extensive use can “burn out” your feed besides slowing it down and making it choppy. Rather than lightening your camera feed by extensively increasing Exposure within your camera settings, turn on some lamps around you and adjust your lighting conditions.
Gain determines the strength of the image signal. It may also be used, in moderation, to brighten camera feeds. If used extensively, it may make your feed grainy, and may decrease its quality overall. The same goes for it that goes for Exposure – instead of overusing Gain, rather turn on some lights and adjust them so you are properly-lit.
Color Intensity determines the saturation, therefore in case it is underused your camera feed may be, grayish and faded. If you however overuse it, colors may become too vivid and intensive which can also burn your feed out. Watch out for additional color settings and filters within camera splitter applications, too!
RightLight stands for low light compensation – this feature is available only in selected Logitech webcams. By using the option, your webcam will try to find the best available settings in all lighting environments. While this sounds good, in less-than-ideal lighting conditions / darker rooms it can significantly decrease your camera feed quality and make it choppy. We recommend you to disable RightLight to ensure a stable, high quality camera feed.
Autofocus and Zoom are not recommended to be used – the first, because you, as a model will be moving, dancing in your feed, and your camera will have to refocus itself too often, becoming blurry and disturbing for viewers. Zoom on the other hand may simply decrease your feed quality and make your camera image pixellated.
White balance ensures that whatever is white in the real world is white in your camera feed, regardless of lighting conditions. This is a reference point in the color scheme of your webcam, which can either be set by you, manually, or automatically by your camera. In the latter case, it is strongly recommended to have at least a bit of white somewhere in the camera feed – be it your wall, or just some decorations / accessories – as your webcam will try to take the brightest thing in the frame, assume it is white, and adjust your settings according to it. If the brightest thing is let’s say, red, and your white balance is set to automatic adjustment, your camera feed’s color may end up to be incorrect.