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:
- Locate the camera. It usually looks like a camera.
- Using your webcam software, look at your computer screen and make sure you are visible inside the picture. If there isn’t enough light, turn one on.
- Position the mouse pointer over the button that says take picture (or it’s nearest equivalent). Do not take the picture yet.
- Keeping your mouse hand steady, slowly turn your head towards the camera.
- Now, here comes the tricky part – take your eyes off the computer screen and look into the camera. Gently press the left mouse button. If you have been careful and there has not been an earthquake, there is an excellent chance the pointer was still hovering over the “take picture” button and the image has been successfully recorded. Yes, even though you were not looking at the screen, the mouse still worked.
That’s all! Isn’t that easy? Once you get the hang of it, try the advanced step of taking your top off first.