FaceTime, GoToMeeting and Skype are great tools that help us to stay in touch with those that we care about... family, friends, colleagues, etc. The fact that we can, with the click of a button, instantly see someone else regardless of their location is a modern miracle!
With that in mind, today's post will focus (no pun intended, sort of) on the camera element of these calls. Most laptops today come with a built-in HD webcam above the display of your laptop. If not, or if you use a desktop as your primary system, there are plenty of options to add an after-market HD webcam (I prefer the Logitech HD Pro C920 camera). Even with the best cameras on the market, there may be a need to make adjustments to that camera that the built-in software can't offer.
Enter iGlasses. iGlasses is a $19.95 US app that allows you to have full control over your webcam output. You can adjust brightness, saturation, sharpness and much more.
Simply download and install the app (they offer a free demo version which I recommend installing first to test), then go through the brief tutorial on how to use the app when you launch it for the first time.
When you're ready to use iGlasses on a video chat, simply select "iGlasses" as your camera and you are off and running!
Not only can you make adjustments to your camera settings, but you can add one of many built-in effects (chipmunk, blockhead, space alien, x-ray, color pencil, bulge, black & white, and many more), zoom, crop or flip your video and even drag & drop another video into iGlasses to show to your audience in the middle of your call.
iGlasses is fun, productive and easy to use. Give it a try!