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A master class in lighting for your next video conference


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Smart working, we know, it can be very much “working” and very little “smart” but this must not become an alibi to spend the whole day in pajamas.

Numerous studies show that the “habit makes the monk”: taking care of our appearance and our clothing helps us to better “fit the role” and better mark the working hours with respect to the ones we dedicated to private life; a challenge that is not always simple to tackle when you are forced to stay in for the whole day and to re-arrange your living space and your activities accordingly.

The New York Times comes to our rescue and asked Tom Ford for some advice to look at our best during the video calls that are taking up most of our time during this lockdown times.

Put the computer up on a stack of books so the camera is slightly higher than your head. Say, about the top of your head. And then point it down into your eyes.





Then take a tall lamp and set it next to the computer on the side of your face you feel is best. The lamp should be in line with and slightly behind the computer so the light falls nicely on your face.



Then put a piece of white paper or a white tablecloth on the table you are sitting at but make sure it can’t be seen in the frame. It will give you a bit of fill and bounce.



Lots of powder, et voilà!