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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

How to Improve Your Cheapo Webcam's Picture Quality


We're taking a little detour today to talk lighting in a context other than still photos.

Each day, untold bandwidth is being used to transmit really bad webcam image quality. Which is such a shame, really, when you consider how easy this is to fix.

We're talking basic, low-end-theory off-camera lighting, folks. The same thing we talk about every day. And the webcam is an easy way to play around with lighting and see instant results. That said, here are five common webcam problems and their easy fixes.


1. For Pete's Sake, Don't Use Your Monitor as a Light Source

I think we have all been here. Or worse, on the receiving end of here. This is worst possible case, IMO, and exactly how the majority of webcam'ers operate.

As seen here, we have the computer monitor acting as our light source. Can you guess what color my desktop is? Did you guess blue?

Compounding that is the fact that the background light is brighter than the foreground light. Let's correct that first.

Solution: Turn on your flippin' desk lamp. Mine happens to be one of those adjustable engineering lamps, with a CFL bulb. But for these purposes it doesn't really matter what kind of bulb you have. As you'll see in a minute, your webcam will auto-magically adjust for it when you help out a little.

So now our color is getting closer. And you'll notice that the bright front light causes the webcam to lower the overall exposure, dropping the background down a tad.

But the bright, harsh light of the engineer's lamp is not doing me any favors. And I need me some favors.



2. Soften the Light

Solution: Diffuse the light with typing paper. Just two cents worth of office supplies gets you a softer light source. I just taped the paper to the open front of the lamp and the harsh light is now softened.

Some differences: The shiny highlight in my forehead thankfully lessens in intensity, which is due to the larger apparent size of the light source.

Also, the typing paper knocks down the brightness of the lamp, which means that the auto exposure adjustment causes (a) the background and (b) the computer reflection to come up some.

Variation: Turn the bare lamp around and bounce it off of the wall, if there is one. This makes for a bigger, softer and dimmer light source. I killed the background lights because the dimmer front source made them appear too bright in the back.

Your call on whether to diffuse the light or bounce it. I usually prefer diffused for extra control and the fact that it retains more light intensity.


3. Kill the Computer's Reflection in Your Eyes

Have you been noticing how the room lights appear to rise and fall based on the intensity of our front light?

Just adding light (other then that from the monitor) has partially solved the computer glare problem. Now let's finish it off.

Solution: Adjust the monitor brightness and/or contrast down to the threshold at which you can just barely see comfortably (just while you are using your webcam.)

That, along with the lamp acting as a dominant frontal light source, will kill the reflection.

If you do not wear glasses, this is not a critical step. But if you do wear glasses, it might be nice if people could actually see your eyes.


4. Give Your Webcam What it Wants

Here's a little secret: Sometimes, when I am using my webcam, I like to clinch my buttocks tightly together and see how red I can make my face.

(Just kidding. Mostly.)

What is really going on here is that the camera's auto exposure/white balance is going all screwy, trying to lock onto a color balance. The two pictures immediately above were taken about a second apart, in the same lighting conditions. Ever had that happen to you?

You know: Noooormal....Green...Bluish...WAY-Red...NormalForJustASecond... Weird again...

I hate that. But when it happens it is all my fault. You see, the webcam is just trying to give me good color and exposure. And it only needs one thing to work: A patch of white.

That's how auto white balance/auto-exposure works. It takes the brightest thing in the frame, assumes you want it to be white, tries to make adjustments until that happens.

If you do not give it some white right up front in the frontal light zone, no nice balance for you.

Solution: Wear a white shirt and you'll get good color and exposure when you webcam.

Pick any style. Makes no difference.

It can be a nice, crisp white oxford, as I am sporting. (I only point that out because I tend to dress far more casual than even this.) Or it can be one of those "wife beater" undershirts that the guys in the trailer parks always seem to be wearing when they get busted on Cops.

Whatever works for you is fine.

The webcam is gonna try to make something white whether it actually white or not. Give it some real whiteness, and your exposure/color problems are solved. And no more meandering through the rainbow spectrum while you are talking, either.

I turned on the lights in the background of this pic to prove a point, too: You give the webcam white in the foreground, and it'll even disregard various light source colors in the background.

And you thought white clothing was just for innocence and purity.


5. Clean Up Your Background

No, no. Stay with me. I am talking about "visually clean," not "actually clean." Your basement may remain trashed.

If you do any reasonable amount of webcam'ing, you can do yourself a lot of favors by getting a collapsible background. Sources are listed at the end of the post.

They are just like those auto windshield screenshade things that pop open in half a second and collapse back down in just 23 easy tries.

(Actually, they are a snap when you get the hang of it.)

This is the only one of the five tips that would make you go for your wallet. And granted, I am a tightwad pretty darn frugal by nature. But dropping $150 on a background and light stand pays big dividends here. If you are a photographer, this'll also give you a very portable studio backdrop to shoot (or video) the kids, dog or whatever.

You want 5x6' (or 5x7') because webcams have super-wideangle lenses, and see the edges of any backdrops smaller than 5x6'. Even when they are placed up close behind you.

The wideangle lenses, BTW, are why I look so goofy in these pics and not more like Brad Pitt, as in real life. You can minimize this bulbous-head distortion by not getting too close to the webcam. Just a hint.

The neutral grey variety is most useful because it makes your auto white balance even happier. But as long as you are giving your webcam some white on which to balance, you can go for, say, the mottled brown background if you'd rather. And those mottled backgrounds make wonderful portrait backdrops for still and video photographers.

Most important thing: You do not have to clean up the basement whenever you webcam.

Schwing. (And laziness edges out frugality for the win...)

So, whether you're talking to the grandkids, remote interviewing for a job or slooowly removing your clothing for $2.99 a minute, nothing gets you from "toy-bomb-damaged basement" to "semi-pro video booth" faster than a backdrop, sprung open and clamped to a stand.

Just remember to turn off the lights behind it, or they'll sneak through in your picture.


What Did I Miss?

So, there you have it. Further improvements for my webcam'ing images will require (a) lots of diet and exercise, and/or (b) a visit to a plastic surgeon. So we're gonna wait on those.

Do you have any other easy tips for getting better webcam image quality?

Sound off in the comments.
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Gear sources:

1. Collapsible backdrop: (Amazon) Grey | Brown ($115)

2. Inexpensive 7' light stand: (<$30) Amazon | MPEX

3. Cheap clamp: Home Depot, or many other places ($0.99)


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79 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait for lighting 102 either,I'm spending my time making snoots and grids though :)

seriously ,it's posts like this that make me check your blog daily.

keep up the good work!

May 21, 2007 9:09 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

"or slooowly removing your clothing for $2.99 a minute"

Ha! I was waiting for that the whole post.

May 21, 2007 9:25 PM  
Blogger David said...

Sorry, Ken. I am a happily married man.

May 21, 2007 9:26 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

"The wideangle lenses, BTW, are why I look so goofy in these pics and not more like Brad Pitt, as in real life."

That bit made me laugh out loud, something I shouldnt really do at 3am in a hours full of sleeping students!

May 21, 2007 9:56 PM  
Blogger chadw said...

So David, when is the first video podcast going to be?

May 21, 2007 10:10 PM  
Blogger David said...

@Jon- What? What? What's so funny about that?

:)

@ ChadW- I'd tell you, but I'd have to kill you.

May 21, 2007 10:19 PM  
Blogger bmillios said...

Another thing that will seriously help your webcamming is that if you record (vs. just live streaming picture), give it a second or two, during which time you don't move, before you start moving, talking, etc. When people click "Play" on the other end, it takes a couple of seconds before the picture gets crisp. If you've put all the important information in the first 2 seconds of your transmission, it could get garbled.

For those who want to send video messages to people using their webcam, I recommend SightSpeed - at www.sightspeed.com. There's a free version and a paid version. The best thing is that the recipient does not have to download the video - it resides on their servers and streams when you start it up.

For better quality audio, I recommend getting a headset mike, or a clip-on mike for the front of that spiffy Oxford. The microphone on the webcam is usually pretty crummy in nature, and the sound will rise and fade as you move toward and away from the webcam (I leave it to the overactive imaginations present as to why you would be, well, rocking? .. pumping?... in front of your webcam).

If you have relatives living at a distance, video messages are very cool on birthdays. Huge brownie points.kat

May 21, 2007 10:20 PM  
Blogger Matthew Robertson said...

The bit about "laziness edges out frugality for the win" made me laugh out loud, too. Fortunately my girlfriend just thought it was because she's watching The Bachelor.

Great post, and full of useful advice.

May 21, 2007 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Steve Denny said...

laugh out loud funny, and very useful stuff to boot... i wouldn't expect any less, thanks for another one David

May 21, 2007 11:14 PM  
Anonymous waldo said...

Another great post. I've learned so much reading Strobist. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

BTW, the link to the brown backdrop actually links to the 7' light stand on Amazon.

May 22, 2007 12:32 AM  
Blogger mr. marvin said...

Good job, man & thanks for the advice. will be trying it out soom
-mr-marvin
http://mr-marvin.blogspot.com

May 22, 2007 1:48 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

You know ... why do you State Side people get all the good photographic stuff? Once again I can't find those backgrounds over here.

... and if that is your basement ... wow ... someone hand me a shovel. Oh ... wait, I'm in a first floor flat. Great! Ready made living room below. Where's that pick axe?

May 22, 2007 2:03 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Oh - one last thing regarding white balance ... you can always change it to manual and balance it yourself :-) Cheaper than going through all your work shirts!

May 22, 2007 2:08 AM  
Blogger Rafa Barberá said...

"5. Clean Up Your Background
No, no. Stay with me. I am talking about "visually clean," not "actually clean." Your basement may remain trashed."

Hey David, you know very well your readers population :D

Laugh out loud... a dangerous thing to do at 8 a.m. in the office :D

Very funny and instructive post.

May 22, 2007 5:26 AM  
Blogger Jose Luis said...

I see Strobist is talking about domestic things to non-professionals, so I´d like to suggest one issue: fill flash to the rest of us, for people with simple cameras, who´d like to improve their pictures in day ligth and don´t have external flash units. In my case, I use a point and shoot camera, Canon A520, and in most cases I let the flash function on, so I can fill shadows in days with strong sunligth. However, I do this very intuitively, with no technical guidance more than the good results I get most of the times. I wonder if it is in the scoope of Strobist to give us a hand to deal with this issue.

May 22, 2007 8:18 AM  
Anonymous carlos said...

Lifehacker picked this up this morning.....

May 22, 2007 12:53 PM  
Blogger Goldie Katsu said...

One tip: Three point lighting.
Go here and scroll down to the image that says "LOWEL DVCREATOR LIGHT KITS". Watch the video - it has a great tutorial on how to do 3 point lighting and the effect of it. AND it works with a variety of lights, not just the Loewl lights (not that I would mind having those.) I used a couple of clamp lights I got from Costco and a reflective car sunshade and it worked great. Have fun!

May 22, 2007 2:54 PM  
Blogger Kevin Russell said...

Hey David,

For the Mac folks there is a cool inexpensive and free under certain circumstances application called iGlasses for the iSight camera, either stand alone or built in to your Macbook or Macbook Pro.

Get it at:

http://www.ecamm.com/mac/iglasses/

The way to get it for free is to get a cool device called Huckleberry Pro. It turns your Macbook or Macbook Pro Cam into a video camera. Huckleberry Pro can be found at:
www.mungaimirrors.co.uk/huckleberry

BTW, the software does the flips and gyrations necessary to make it look correct on the screen as well as many visual enhancements ... No Brad Pitt visualizer for you though Dude, afraid you'll have to work on that distance to wide angle cam lense space continuum issue on your own ... ;-)

AND ....

Thanks so much for this Blog and enabling an environment for creative folks to grow, learn, teach, and reach out!

A true heart felt thanks and big appreciation for all your efforts in making this community of Photographers/Artists/ and even me - a sore back 40 year old Photographer who was WAY TOO tired of carrying those big lamps and stands and appreciates and sponges up all the cool techniques shown here!

Take care and have a great rest of the week!

Kev

May 22, 2007 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Having worked designing these cameras for a number of years its nice to see someone publish some tips to get the best of them. And for the alternative tips, take a look at http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=cam_whore although word filters may block it (pictures are safe)

May 22, 2007 6:49 PM  
Anonymous very1silent said...

There's one other way to really clean up an eyeglass reflection:
LCD displays emit polarized light, so if you're using an LCD display, you can get rid of an eyeglass reflection by putting a polarizing filter in front of your webcam.

May 22, 2007 7:19 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

If you have a DV cam already. You can also use those as a Web cam. Higher quality optics and no need to be stuck in wide angle.

May 22, 2007 8:30 PM  
Blogger Phil Rack said...

Love the article on webcam lighting. This was really great stuff. One thing I would like to mention is in regards to eyeglass reflection. A friend of mine works weekends at a local TV station doing news and also wears glasses. She's had her eyeglasses coated to help eliminate a lot of the reflection. Quick write-up on it at: http://www.allaboutvision.com/lenses/coatings.htm

May 23, 2007 9:27 AM  
Blogger Ken Silver said...

Link: http://kensilver.blogspot.com/2007/05/get-better-webcam-picture.html

May 26, 2007 1:22 PM  
Blogger Ananth said...

Super!

I particularly liked the part where you reveal the how you got that RED face. :)

Very useful.

May 28, 2007 11:12 AM  
Blogger Mohamed Husain said...

After I installed Vista my Logitech Clicksmart camera got incompatible with the OS. So I can't use it right now.
A
Another thing i do when i start webcaming is to adjust the brightness higher and the contrast lil lower and the sharpness to zero in my camera properties page. This is so useful when you have lack of light in your room.

I'll link to your post in my site
http://myhappyhobby.googlepages.com

July 20, 2007 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got a webcam and found I look terrible in it because of the lighting (as in your first image). This was a great read, thanks a lot!

September 06, 2007 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Marty said...

Nice try! I wonder if your tips will work on a CCTV camera.

September 17, 2007 1:38 PM  
Blogger Matthew Johnson said...

Dugg on 28 December 2007. Thanks for the insightful post. (but I just can't drop $150 on a background, hello fabric store!)

The Digg:
http://digg.com/hardware/How_to_Improve_Your_Cheapo_Webcam_s_Picture_Quality_2

December 28, 2007 2:52 PM  
Anonymous irvferguson said...

Hello:

I am having a problem with my cam. Yes, its cheap, an IBM. I am set on 2.1 mbps. That helped the Quality a Bit, but... When I Move or wave my arms, well, it looks like an LSD show, multiple arms and or leaving a trail. How can I Clean this up. I see cams that are sharp and Clear.

Yours Blury Irv.

January 02, 2008 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To test your webcam I recommend
http://www.testmycam.com

January 06, 2008 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Jack said...

Lol! Great article, very well written, and brilliantly funny :) keep it up!

March 04, 2008 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Vincent DC said...

Great article and thanks for sharing your knowledge. More and mo people are starting to use video email too.

Here is another place where you can test your webcam :
http://oldes.multimedia.cz/swf/mx-webcam.html

There are already some good companies out there who are offering video emailing. Let me put EyeJot - http://www.eyejot.ino - to this list.

You can start using Eyejot immediately with any browser, on any platform. It even features built-in support for iTunes (and iPods), mobile devices and social networks like MySpace. Unbelievebale how fast video is taking the internet by storm...

May 11, 2008 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post! I bet you can answer my burning question: Is there any reason I can't set up an office with a backdrop, webcam, and my computer and have a psychotherapy session with someone who is sitting in front of their own webcam somewhere else on the planet? Thanks. Dr. Remote

May 25, 2008 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Sergio said...

HI!.. My GE Webcam problem is this: when I capture myself recording, my voice and the video don't match! It seems that the video is after I listen the voice. Any idea ??? Thanks

May 29, 2008 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for a brilliant post!!! I can't wait to get home and try it out!

Yay!

June 18, 2008 6:14 AM  
Blogger stephen clark said...

This is really helpful.
I bought a decentish webcam hoping it would be better than my Canon digital cam, but I suppose it is and the trouble is that it needs to be driven better.
Good stuff
thanks

August 20, 2008 8:07 PM  
Blogger Owen James said...

Informative and Hilarious!! You've got a great sense of humour! Do you happen to write university textbooks??

Thanks again for a good laugh and useful article.

September 01, 2008 1:02 PM  
Anonymous larry treachler said...

Great "how to" in one place and also very compact info presentation. Thanks. I might add: as long as backdrops are being acquired, a chroma key green back drop could also be acquired (i.e. relatively inexpensive) enabling messages from Aruba, Niagara Falls, etc.

October 06, 2008 10:02 AM  
Anonymous larry treachler said...

Great "how to" in one place and also very compact info presentation. Thanks. I might add: as long as backdrops are being acquired, a chroma key green back drop could also be acquired (i.e. relatively inexpensive) enabling messages from Aruba, Niagara Falls, etc.

October 06, 2008 11:08 AM  
Anonymous uppo!! said...

iv been using msn messenger with my inbuilt web cam on my lappy ( HP pavilion dv6000) for a while now an was wondering if there's any tricks to getting them to work any better. at the moment its not to bad (providing there's not heaps of traffic) but i would like it better. eg to stop it freezing, stop starting, ect? is it possible to get a real nice fluid picture?

i was considering geting a new web cam? or does it have more to do with my connection speed? ( i do have broadband)

any tips? or product suggestions? ( microphone quality isn't important- i don't use it)

any advice would be great! thanks.....

November 04, 2008 4:41 AM  
Blogger Lincoln said...

Thanks for all the helpful tips. I just bought a new webcam recently; it's by no means a top-of-the-line model (though did get a really good deal) and the picture/sound is noticeably improved (better still when I can afford to upgrade my laptop and record at higher resolution without the audio/video getting out of sync) but still the white balance was an issue with me and I may scrape up some cash for a background. Thanks again :)

January 03, 2009 12:11 PM  
Blogger A Happy Dad said...

I have to say--very helpful stuff. Amazing change from your before and after pictures. Now I don't have to look like a space alien when I use my webcam!

January 05, 2009 3:29 PM  
Blogger LoisSmithers said...

Great tips! Thank you so much.

January 08, 2009 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Susan Wachob said...

I just began using Skype to intereact with someone in Japan. I bought a relatively cheap webcam and it works just fine- except that it turned out to be a wide angle (3x) camera. I'd like to replace it with one that is not wide angle. Skype recommends a certain brand but I rarely use it and have no need for a quality camera. Any suggestions for a cheap brand that takes adequate pictures for basic conversation? I don't know one from another.

Thanks- Susan

January 08, 2009 11:38 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

Cheers buddy helped alot :D

January 22, 2009 7:59 PM  
Blogger kovshenin said...

Thanks mate, helped a lot

February 11, 2009 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thnx voor the tips.

By the way, Your HOT! :-)

grtz from another guy!

March 25, 2009 4:54 AM  
Anonymous shanehaven said...

Thank you for your tips. I am going to employ them if I decide to use the webcam instead of blog.

April 15, 2009 2:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another background you should check out is this portable backdrop it fits on the back of your chair. The site is www.thewebaround.com let me know what you think??

July 06, 2009 9:01 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I know this was posted in 2007 so I was wondering if there was now a technology solution to the background instead of the physical one. I saw a movie where the people in front of the web cam kept changing the background. I've googled but only found ways to put a stupid hat on!!! Any help is appreciated.

July 10, 2009 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Juanita Richburg Seon said...

Thank you for the great advice using the web cam.

I would like to have your tips on how to make the video and the sound work together.

Juanita Seon

July 29, 2009 11:15 PM  
Blogger gone.running.gone said...

Awesome, Thanks!

September 18, 2009 11:29 AM  
Blogger Fritz said...

That was great! Just what I needed to know...thank you.

Just one thing though; I'm 66 years old and don't look like Brad Pitt, either. Now that I know how to broadcast a decent picture, where can I find people who'll pay me $2.99 a minute to watch me take off my clothes?

September 28, 2009 2:20 PM  
Blogger God said...

So tell me David how do I improve the quality of my buit in webcam so there is no blurring at the slightest movement ? Do i need to download better software ?

Thanks

Dave

October 04, 2009 2:12 PM  
Blogger LYRA VALE said...

wow this was sooooooo helpful!!! thank you :)

November 09, 2009 5:36 PM  
Blogger SOMASUNDARAM APPOOTHY said...

Thank you so much for your fine, crisp and practical advice.
Appoothy

December 16, 2009 1:05 AM  
Blogger Petey Esdie said...

very helpful post, hope it sticks around for a while as i'd like to link to it....

December 22, 2009 4:38 PM  
Blogger tony1kenobi said...

thaks for the very useful and practical information. I will be cleaning up my webcam act from here on

cheers
Tony

March 13, 2010 4:26 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

HI! And thank you so much! You share great info in such a fun/ny way. : )

Question: I am a Life Coach and want to start doing more webcam sessions. Any recommendations as I look to buy a laptop?

How much of video/audio quality is about the quality of the cam (and how much about the internet connection)?

The webcam/conferencing feature is THE key reason why I am getting a new laptop--that and I have to trade in my Mac because I need a windows-based computer to run software for my business (so Macs are out).

Thanks for any ideas/info/advice!

Alex

April 07, 2010 5:07 PM  
Blogger Bekka said...

What if..... I wear a colorful shirt and have a bright white background? I hate white shirts and I do have white walls. Maybe that saves me the money for the foldable screen? (as there is a big enough space in the picture that is white to adjust the colors and I don't have to wear white shirts) What do you think about that?

Just a thought... might have to try it some time.

June 25, 2010 4:49 AM  
Blogger une bouteille à la mer said...

About the continuous scan of white color adjustement. I have encountered this problem few year ago while experimenting with a sony VX1000 and came to the conclusion that it was a matter of fluorescent light. If I remember well, I did not get this effect with an incandescent lamp. Hope this helpfull to you!

July 22, 2010 10:15 PM  
Blogger mrken said...

Additional note to self for video job interview: look at CAMERA when talking and look at screen when they're talking (not vice versa).

October 05, 2010 3:46 PM  
OpenID Ad Noiseam said...

lol @ "Here's a little secret: Sometimes, when I am using my webcam, I like to clinch my buttocks tightly together and see how red I can make my face."

great post. learned a lot. thanks.

November 20, 2010 11:59 PM  
Blogger Don said...

Great information, even in the comments!

March 30, 2011 5:39 PM  
Blogger Provisório said...

Don't use your monitor as light source". This is absurd. I want to feel comfortable. I'm not obligated to turn on the lights.

April 08, 2011 12:46 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

Great article and well sprinkled with humor. Thanks! :)

May 06, 2011 7:11 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Just what I needed!. Thanks

May 11, 2011 8:58 AM  
OpenID tgilheany.com said...

This was just the right amount of information. I googled "skype glasses reflection." My mom and others with whom I skype thank you for improving their view.

January 05, 2012 1:52 PM  
Blogger anna78 said...

Thank you, I needed some info on taking good quality webcam shots and your bits of info really helped. THANKS!

January 06, 2012 5:24 AM  
Blogger MHTPK said...

This is exactly what I was looking for! I suppose I should just accept that everything really is on the internet. Thanks a latte.

January 15, 2012 9:47 AM  
Blogger Bectacular said...

Thanks for this! I just shot a truly bad video, and although I have lighting experience with film and broadcasting, using a webcam is a whole new ball game. Such a simple fix though.

January 24, 2012 2:26 AM  
Blogger frank allen said...

this was really useful david thanks a lot. hopefully it'l help me out when I make my next time laspe of me creating a Art piece like the one below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8hVm7QFRTw

January 31, 2012 6:47 AM  
Blogger BP said...

Thanks; this really helped.
And you're not bad looking yourself and you look great in white.

February 17, 2012 2:49 PM  
Blogger Eloquent Liberato said...

honestly one trick that i found to be helpful is when you take a picture during the day with some natural light, thats even better. then i add the lightening from the computer screen for even more light. it works out pretty well.

April 26, 2012 3:34 PM  
Blogger James Marcum said...

This is such an interesting story at it gives in-depth information to the reader as well. Good thing you have it shared. weed

June 23, 2012 10:42 AM  
Blogger Integrated Combative Concepts said...

Superb article. Fixed my Cheapo Webcam and I will tell others about your fantastic and funny article. -Jon from Texas

August 26, 2012 2:48 AM  
Blogger Tiffanie Stevenson said...

Thanks David this was very helpful! I am youtubing some 2min workout videos to get the public ready for my virtual training online program and an app I am working on to come out next year. I didn't want to pay for professional 2min videos and wanted it to look a bit more personal for my viewers, but also didn't want to look like a teenager with a gossip channel either. So my hat goes off to you (tipping my make believe hat to you) for having the most helpful blog about webcams I have read thus far! Thanks again and I will be following your blogs more often now!

September 09, 2012 4:43 PM  
Blogger NewBeuty said...

Thanks for the tips! I've been doing research to start a video blog and I feel better about using my webcam to make a no crumby looking vido :)

January 29, 2013 6:42 PM  
Blogger Sean P. Kelley said...

Simple solution with good return. Thanks!

June 24, 2013 12:06 PM  

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