Well, location and also lighting, but mostly location. You want to choose a comfortable place free of distracting clutter and with good, even lighting.
This is apparently a known and documented bug in some versions of the Skype software. AOL IM allows lovely full-motion, full-screen, high-quality video, and it works with the i Chat software built into the Mac.
There are several options available for Webcam chatting, with different Internet requirements and different levels of difficulty in setting up. It works over slow Internet connections and there’s no configuration. The bad news is that the image you see is tiny, jerky, and poor quality.
I’ve found the most popular free Webcam chat services that work with both Macs and PCs, in order of ease of setup, to be Yahoo IM, Skype, and AOL IM. Skype requires you to download the Skype program onto your computer.
In last week’s post, How to have cybersex, I talked about how to use the wonders of the Internet to share intimacy with your partner over a text-based instant messaging system.
This week continues the general theme with an introduction to having Webcam sex.
You can find cheap USB cameras for as little as in computer stores, with the more popular models typically weighing in at around 0 or so. What you will want is a good frame rate (look for 30 frames per second) and a camera that says it’s USB 2.0 (older USB 1 cameras typically offer highly compressed, pixelated images and poor motion).
SECOND, THE SOFTWARE AND IM SERVICE Once you have a Webcam, you need software.