A few weeks ago when I was teaching workshops with the Desert Quilters of Nevada, my husband took a few photos of my while I was working. I was honestly paying so much attention to what I was doing that I had no idea he took the photographs until later. Since we are making a small 512-square foot cottage work for us, I thought I’d share a look at what it’s like for me behind the scenes when I’m leading a zoom workshop.
The most interesting part of my whole setup is probably how we rigged up a tripod to hold my cell phone so that I can do demos at my sewing machine. It requires that I look through the screen to do the work at my machine, so it’s a bit more awkward than normally sitting at my sewing machine, but it works! The wooden 2×2’s that we purchased to hang the tripod from just tuck away on top of the bookcase until the next time I need to setup for a demo like this.
Lighting is always a bit of a challenge, but we have found that pointing a strong LED light (that we purchased for doing garage/shop work years ago) up at the white ceiling bounces around lighting without being too direct or producing too much glare on my glasses. The black cord running up to the ceiling toward the left side of the photo above is to power that light.
One of my biggest lessons learned through all the time spent working through zoom is to keep my hair pulled back and out of my face for a long, full day workshop. That way I don’t have to think about it. Small adjustments like that can take a lot of weird mental load off of me and make my ability to focus and teach that much better.
I have learned that I need to remember to turn off the extra bright LED lights that I’ve added to the throat space of my sewing machine because they create an interference fringe when recorded by my camera.
All in all, I don’t take over too much of the house, but when I’m teaching a workshop, it’s not possible for my husband to be working at his desk like normal. The portion of the desk that is covered up by my ironing board (turned laptop stand) is where he normally sits and works.
I am really loving getting to teach through Zoom. I think it’s very powerful for attendees in the workshop to be at home, learning on their best sewing machine, with ALL their supplies at hand. Have you taken a workshop through zoom? If so, what did you think of the experience?