Easy ways to look good on camera

With so many of us interacting with friends and family using FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and whatever else, it doesn’t need to be a business meeting to look good. Here a few simple things you can do to make yourself look better on camera.

As told to Maureen Dowd

Illustrations by Tracy Ma

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.

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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.


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Lots of powder, et voilà!


Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and author of three New York Times best sellers, became an Op-Ed columnist in 1995. @MaureenDowdFacebook

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