How to Change the Settings on a Webcam

By Kristie Karns

Webcams come in a wide array of styles and designs, from the very simple to the elite, but they all have one thing in common: They can be adjusted to match your mood at the moment and creative desires.

Step 1

Open your web cam in a chat program, such as Skype. Look for a link called "Preferences," where you will find webcam options you can adjust.

Step 2

Choose the "Camera Settings" option and another window will open, labeled "Properties." There are more options here that can be adjusted.

Step 3

Change a setting, such as brightness, by clicking on the slider mechanism with your pointer and dragging it. These mechanisms are usually pretty sensitive, so be cautious when moving the settings.

Step 4

Make sure that the image on your webcam is clear and in focus.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your web cam can also be adjusted for visual clarity by twisting the lens dial at the front of the camera. If you appear blurry on cam this is most likely what needs adjusting.
  • Be careful whom you allow to view your web cam. Not everyone who enters a chat room is nice or honest.

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