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Focusing a webcam that is out of arms reach

Focusing a web cam that is out of arms reach

If your webcam has focus control in the operating software, then this topic may be a little confusing. But for some folks, me being one, the web cam has to be focused by turning a dial on the front of the camera. What's the big deal? The big deal is if you can't reach the camera from where you are sitting and you need to stand and/or lean and reach forward, then how do you focus on you if you're not where you need to be?

Assuming that your camera is normally positioned on top of your monitor directly in front of you. Here's what you can do. Sit in your normal position, take the webcam and hold it against your chest and aim it at the monitor. Adjust the focus until the preview image that is displayed on the monitor is clear. Then when you place the cam back in it's normal position, and aim it at you, the image should still be in focus.

If your cam is built-in, like the ones that come with many laptops, they usually have auto focus. But if it doesn't, you have no choice but to hold the entire laptop in front of you. In that case, use a mirror that has a stand, an place it where the laptop normally is placed. You can then focus the cam on the image in the mirror.

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