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Lighting Guide For Your Cam Space

Proper lighting is one of the most important factors when setting up your cam space. The correct lighting will not only eliminate annoying and unflattering shadows, but it will also greatly improve the overall appearance of your cam stream. If your room is too dark, your video may appear grainy or just not as sharp. If the lighting is too bright in your room, it could change your skin color and make you looked washed out.

Amazon offers many options for inexpensive, but professional lighting equipment. For best results, you’ll want three separate lighting sources. The first light you’ll want to set up in front of you, behind your webcam, pointed at you. You may have to adjust the height to reduce glare, but generally setting it up about the same height as yourself will be perfect. The next two lights should be on either side of you, but still in front of you. Again, adjusting them to be about the same height as yourself should work well. Some tinkering may be needed to get it just right. Play around with it until your illuminated without any shadows, shiny spots, or glare. Don’t make the mistake of setting up a light behind you. Not only will it show up on cam, but it may actually darken your stream.

If you’re still unsure of how to set up your lights, check out our visual guide at the end of this article.

If you can’t afford professional lighting right off the bat, don’t worry. Regular lights work well too. If you have floor lamps that are around the same height as you, definitely use those. If you have shorter lamps, put them on tables on either side of you if possible. You can also play around with different bulb shades to see what looks best. Some bulbs will give off a blueish, natural glow, while others will have a yellowish tint to them.

Hanging up colorful light strands can be a fun way to add character to your room. Icicle lights dangling from the ceiling behind you is a nice touch. Or attaching Christmas lights around the frame of your bed or couch looks cool too. You can even get light strands with your favorite characters on them: Hello Kitty, Star Wars characters, etc.

VISUAL GUIDE TO SETTING UP YOUR WEBCAM ROOM LIGHTS:

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This first image shows an overview of how you will want to set your lights up in your cam room. One light directly in front of you, behind your webcam and two lights on either side of you, pointed at you, placed in front of you.

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Your main light will be set up behind your webcam, directly in front of you. You’ll want to position it at about your same height for best results.

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Your second light should be placed on the left hand side of you, but still in front of you. Make sure it’s pointed at you and at the same height as you.

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Your final light should be on the right hand side of you, but still in front of you. Again, make sure it’s pointed at you and at the same height as you.

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This last picture is a POV shot of what your setup should look like. Notice the three light sources, all pointed at you: one in front, one to the left of you, and one to your right.

Why Social Media is so important for webcam models

Enhancing your fan base and your wallet with social media

Did you know that there are women making six figure incomes using social media sites like Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Kik? Seem like an impossible task? It’s actually easier than you think.
Creating a strong social media presence is as important as turning on your camera for your cam show. You want to build yourself up as a brand—a bankable brand. Having lots of followers can lead to endorsements, ad sales, affiliate sales, or in some cases, a modeling contract.

If you’re new to the social media game it can seem intimidating to jump in. It’s best to start with the most adult friendly platforms like Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. Instagram isn’t entirely adult content friendly but they’ll make exceptions if you censor your images (i.e. use Emojis to cover your nipples).

Instagram is far and away the best platform for becoming a ‘fit tea girl’ which is an Instagramer insider joke for women who promote detox teas and waist trainers. Those girls make serious money advertising weight loss products and exercise gear. Other girls use Instagram to show off their favorite lingerie or swimsuits and get paid to promote the brands they love.

How do they do it? First, they amass a large following, then they tag their favorite companies in their photos and mention them in their captions. The companies will often times reach out to the cam girl and offer either a discount on their product, an affiliate code, or they’ll pay for a sponsored post. Sponsored posts make anywhere from $30-$1,000 which means you post the brand’s picture for an hour and then take it down. Some girls will leave the posts up but other girls don’t like to be so blatant in their advertising.

Advertising other brands isn’t the only thing Instagram is good for. It’s also a great way to advertise your shows (and your other social media outlets.) You don’t want to make a habit of posting solely about your upcoming shows, but a flirty photo and a link to your cam site (in your bio) could be a great way to drive traffic to your show.

If posting photos of your everyday life to make money isn’t your thing, then consider joining Twitter. Twitter is a great tool for promoting your shows and showing off your, ahem, assets. A lot of girls set their Twitter account to private and charge money to their fans during cam shows to unlock access to their Twitter account. Cam girls typically charge fans between 100 and 200 tokens for access to their Twitter account.

Snapchat is another great social media tool for making money or building up your brand. Snapchat stories allows you to piece together a daily story showcasing your life which is something your fans will definitely be interested in seeing. There’s even a program called Snapcash. Snapcash allows fans to send you money directly through Snapchat. So if a fan wants to talk to you, you can charge them via Snapcash.Because Snapchat is a no-holds-barred venue for cam girls to connect directly with their fans there are tons of forums where you can find potential fans looking to interact with cam girls. The only problem with Snapcash is that some fans will cancel payment directly after they request a photo or chat with a girl. It happens frequently on Paypal and other money transfer services as well, so be wary of new customers.

The fourth social media platform you should jump on if you’re a cam girl is KIK. You can chage your fans to talk to you on KIK and have one on one conversation. It’s an easy way to make your fans feel connected to you, which typically equates to larger tips in future shows.

No matter what social media platform you choose to use (and really you should choose all of them) you need to be extremely consistent. Post everyday, at least three times a day to all your accounts and vary your posts. No one that’s paying for unique content wants to see the same selfie on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Give your customers some variety and they’ll be followers for a lifetime. The most important aspect of any social media campaign is to think of yourself as a brand. Don’t post things that are off topic or too sales-pitchy. It’s ok to talk about yourself and tell people what time you’ll be camming, but they want to see you as a human being, not just another face selling a product. Ingratiate yourself with the fans, make them care about you, and soon you’ll be raking in the tokens.

Profiting from your Instagram by selling plugs or products

The most successful cam girls know that in order to make serious money they can’t just rely on camming to support them. The top earners in the cam world spread their talent throughout all kinds of social media platforms increasing their following and their cash flow.

Social media sites like Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram are free and easy platforms to increase the amount of eyes on your personal brand (more on that here). Why does having a social media presence matter? Think about it from a fan’s point of view. They log on and want to watch your cam show but you’re not there. If your profile links your fan to your social media network they can look at you, engage with you, and feel like you’re with them even if you’re not live at the moment.

Instead of going to another model’s page they are now engaging with you which gives you a chance to engage back, increasing the likelihood of that fan watching your show and tipping you at a later date because the fan feels like they made a connection. The same logic applies to would-be fans. They see you interacting with people like them on social media and think they could have a chance to interact with you on a personal basis using social media. Now you’ve got two engaged fans willing to spend money and time on you. Once you reach a solid amount of fans on your social media sites you will also start being approached by brands that will want you to become a brand ambassador. As a brand ambassador you can either receive free merchandise (such as jewelry, lingerie, or swimwear) and post about the brand to your followers, or you can become an affiliate of the brand and make a commission from each sale. As an affiliate you’ll receive a special code, place it in your social media bio and each sale will be tracked through that code.

Once you’ve developed a following of 5,000 fans you can begin to reach out to companies that you want to work with. Don’t be shy about contacting companies that you think are on brand for you and vice versa. For example: do you wear a certain brand of lingerie? Post a photo of yourself wearing their brand and tag them in the photo and mention them in the caption. Any good brand will like the photo or comment, which opens up the door for you to direct message them about working together.

If that’s not your style then privately email them and ask about their brand ambassador program or find out how you can work with them. You can work with more than one brand at once so be sure to send out plenty of messages. Making money on social media is all about making connections and developing relationships with other brands. If you’re wearing a brand’s clothing and they have 100+k followers and they repost you you’re going to gain a lot of followers, which could turn into fans with tokens. Instagram isn’t a fast way to make money but if you do it right and build a good reputation the brands will come knocking down your door.

A lot of cam girls set their Twitter and Snapchat accounts to private and only allow paying customers to access their profiles. It’s a smart move because you can send virtually any kind of adult content on those platforms as long as you’re over 18 years of age. Instagram doesn’t allow nudity or adult content but you can get away with modeling lingerie or posting suggestive photos. Lots of cam models use Instagram as their main branding platform because it’s 100% visual and easy to use as long as you have a cellphone. You can post photos, use relevant hash tags, and build an audience very quickly. The key to running a successful Instagram account is to be consistent and engage with your followers whether it’s two followers or 200,000 followers. This article goes into more detail about the do’s and don’ts of Instagram.

It may seem overwhelming to try to build a strong social media presence but it’s easier than you think. During your show let your fans know you’re now on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. and tell them to follow you. You can even offer to follow back the first hundred followers. Don’t feel bad about promoting your social media accounts on your cam profile because the people in the room are there to see you and are going to be more than happy to watch you on all your social platforms. Making money on social media can be easy and totally enjoyable. The key is to be
persistent, engage with fans, and soon enough you could be one of those Instagram girls making over $100,000 a year in sponsorships and ad placements. Remember, even those girls started with 0 followers.