Only 9 years ago, Zoom-Zoom was Mazda's sales slogan in the USA for a few months. I bought one of the cars in the "If it is not worth driving, it is not worth building - Zoom-Zoom era." In 2020 Zoom took on an entire new meaning, being the massively used video meeting platform. I have been using Google video chat for over a dozen years. When we were working 500 miles apart, we used it almost everyday to spend quality time together when we were apart. So I took to Zoom like a duck to water.
Zoom has a virtual background option. My desk at home, is in the end of my bedroom, as I point out there is an unmade bed over my right shoulder, and art supplies over my left shoulder, as soon as I discovered the virtual background option I started using it. It allows you to upload your own images. It is a little tricky to find, on the virtual background popup, there is a "+" sign, click that and follow the prompts. I change my background image at least once a week. The photo above was last week.
I use a headset for sound, the boom microphone gives a little better sound and the headphones hide my hair, that has not been cut in about 10 months. I have a circular broadcast light, an overstock deal of the day on Amazon, that I use as needed. The computer is connected to the WiFi box with an ethernet cable. If I am on a platform that does not have a virtual background I have a pop-up green screen backdrop that I can open up, it is blue on the opposite side, I did two full days of training with the blue background propped up against the easel behind my chair.
With all of that, life is just zooming along. Not a skill I expected to perfect in 2020, but 2020 was the year of the unexpected.
Are you a Zoom user?