I have a personal goal of doing 1 photography video a week for this year. I am planning to continue this afterwards, but this would be a massive achievement for me. Although I have been on YouTube for years, I have not been able to produce videos every week, especially surrounding guitars.
I work full time, and producing content, travelling, editing, uploading, answering comments, all of this takes up a very large amount of time to do weekly. I love doing it, and having so many great comments and reactions to my videos continues to be a major driving force in producing videos.
It is important to have creative goals, and making sure I produce decent content week in and week out is had work, and I love rising to the challenge. Although personally I can point at some weaker videos, I feel I have produced some very strong content this year, especially on the intake Olympus camera and lens front. This has been mostly what I have been circling around, as I love vintage Olympus cameras, and there is not a lot of decent content on them out there.
When it comes to the actual gear, all thoughts and reviews come from using this equipment week in and week out. I am not getting any money to do any of this, it is all off of my own back, which also means I have a lot invested in it mentally and physically. In photo walks you see me actively using this equipment, and I believe these have become my most popular videos due to my relationships with people in them.
This would not have been possible without my good friend Cameraface,who is in a large portion of the videos I upload to YouTube. We have great chemistry out on the streets, and this translates well to video. His time and effort has gone a long way into making this project a reality and allows me to spend most of the time trying to focus on the craft of shooting, rather than filming. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You have seen and will see more of my creative friends in my videos, Emily has proved very popular with people interested in the Battle Zuiko 40mm video(s), and we are endeavouring to come together for another video soon, when both our schedules allow.
I also appreciate that this has been a big learning experience as well. Although I still use the run-and-gun method when it comes to videos, and ultimately this works well for street photography, getting my head around colour grading, and making sure I have appropriate recording gear has been an ever developing skill. This can make watching a video I created in January of February very different from something in May, but I feel it is good that subscribers and see the evolution in front of their eyes. I am not a pro in terms of videography, and I am picking everything I can up in a short period of time.
I have a long way to go to complete the goal of a video a week, but at this point I feel very confident that I can achieve this, despite the fact I work full time. A big thank you to my subscribers and my followers, I try to answer every question I receive. I also welcome suggestions for the website, and videos.
So, I am half way there, woah oh living on lens flair! - Dear lord that was awful! - Sly.