Lighting is important.
Even in the age of Dark Modes for web sites and applications that lessen the brightness from our displays, I work in an office with the fluorescent lights turned off. The dimly lit office is necessary to reduce eye strain and the chance of a migraine headache.
However, when speaking during a video call or a virtual event, I make sure there is plenty of light on my face, and my space is well-lit.
Also, I do not rely on natural light—weather changes for a couple of reasons:
- The sun could be replaced with rain clouds.
- Virtual events are international – I could be speaking in the middle of the night!
During a presentation, attendees will see the slides, and they also prefer an actual face than a shadowy figure. A more lit face means that my facial expressions and delivery can provide additional context to the message I am delivering. Also, people who are hard of hearing actually rely on the quality video feed to read lips.