You do realize the camera is not actually in your computer screen, right? It’s usually located on top of (or to the side) of your monitor.
I ask this, because we have a plague of internet pictures in which people are never looking at us, but off to the side… and it’s a little impersonal.
I don’t think most of you do this on purpose – I doubt society has collectively made a conscious decision to look aloof or distracted to artistic effect; more likely, people aren’t making the mental leap that even though the picture is in their computer screen, the camera is not.
I know this is a little confusing, but trust me, it’s easy to get the hang of. And you want to.
When I see someone staring off to the side, I think, “hmm, this person is so caught up with looking at themselves on their screen they didn’t even realize they should be looking at the camera.” I mean, the picture you’re taking is for us, right? So look at us, not at yourself!
So, here is an easy guide to taking a picture of yourself with a webcam: