7/3/2012 1:02 PM
Among the best features you'll find on Planet Love Match are the easy-to-use webcam features. Our video features allow you to speak directly to other singles and give them a chance to see why they should pick you. But, in order to succeed, you need to make the best impression. Here are our tips for putting your best foot forward in your recorded introduction and live streaming sessions.
First, make sure you have good lighting. Too dark, and you look like you're broadcasting from your basement; harsh fluorescents don't make anyone look good. Ideally, you should use reasonably bright natural light. If it's nighttime, or you are too far from a window, consider picking up broad-spectrum bulbs like GE's Reveal bulbs. These have a warm, flattering light that makes everyone look their best. Ladies, record a few seconds of video to see how your makeup looks; what looks good in person can wind up looking either harsh or washed-out on camera, so, you may have to adjust what you normally wear.
Make sure the area where you record or broadcast is neat and tidy. Ideally, you should have a solid-colored wall behind you, since patterns can be too busy on video. If you broadcast from your desk, put away piles of messy papers first. Check the area for baskets of laundry, stray toys if you have kids in the house, etc.
When recording an intro video or sending a video mail, speak clearly and look straight at the camera. If you find that you freeze up, there is nothing wrong with jotting down a few ideas of what you want to say, or recording your video once or twice. Try to keep your tone relaxed and casual; you're saying "hi" to a potential date, not giving a formal presentation. ;)
When you are streaming, remember to smile and look at the camera as often as you look at other streams. When you look at the camera during a video chat, your image looks straight out from the screen. If you are staring at the stream of someone with whom you are chatting, it winds up looking like you are looking away. Yes, this is a bit of technological trickery, but, the result is worth it. Eye-contact looks a lot more direct, trustworthy and inviting.
When used to their best advantage, these state of the art digital tools help us get closer to singles from all over the globe. Put your best foot forward to make a solid impression.