Monday 7th September 2020
Today I spent the day in the office filming a video about how to get sharp landscape photographs.
Now that I am committed to filming more indoors I want to make my videos look more professional. I tried using my monitor as a background and feel that it added a little more interest.
But both the lighting and sound need work.
I also recorded 2 versions. One in which I recited a script word for word and one where I just followed some key bullet points. I ended up using the second as it was far more natural.
But I feel as though I need to stop saying “um” and “er” so much.
I was at Derwent Water this morning to film a few on location pieces for this week’s video.
I still want to insert a view segments into each video where I am out and about with the camera, just to make things a little more interesting.
It was a lovely morning and after I had finished filming I spent some time photographing my favourite subject. Rocks in water.
I spent most of the day researching how to improve both the lighting and the sound for my videos filmed indoors. This included a chat with my friend Tony Bucket Hands (that’s not his real name).
We concluded that I need to:
- Get my lavalier microphone closer to my mouth
- Invest in some better lighting
- Do something to stop the sound bouncing around my office
- Turn the ‘levels’ down on my camera
I have ordered a new light from Amazon and have been trying to figure out how best to suspend some make shift sound blankets from the ceiling of my office.
Thanks for all your help Tony, I really appreciate it.
The ‘numbers’ for my latest video seem to be encouraging. After 24 hours it is my top performing video (out of the last 10).
I am taking this as a sign that I am heading in the right direction.
It is still very early days but I am hopeful that by trying harder to add more value and to solve specific problems that I will start to reach a wider audience.
I have also decided not to stop the on location videos. I haven’t figured out all of the details but there will be a few changes:
- They will be adhoc, I won’t be putting pressure on myself to stick to any form of schedule
- They will be shorter, probably focusing on just a single composition
- They will not be published on YouTube
That last point will probably be a huge surprise to a lot of people but I want to remain as consistent as possible on YouTube.
Part of my new regime is to write a blog post for each video. This helps me to get my thoughts ordered.
Although I generally quite enjoy writing (particularly as there is now a few people out there who actually read my articles) it can sometimes be a bit of a drag. Today was one of those days.
This evening I had a long conversation with Andy at Kase filters about ways that we could collaborate.
I am not in a position to say anything further just yet but I hope to be able to make an announcement very soon.
I seem to be struggling a little with motivation at the moment.
Although I have not been idle (far from it) this was the 3rd morning in a row when I could have gone out with the camera but chose not to. This is very unusual for me.
Part of the problem is being unable to decide where to go. I find that I am a little bored of some of my favourite locations but am also feeling a little lazy. I don’t want to spend hours in the car or hiking up a hill.
In an attempt rectify this I spent some time planning the locations for the coming week starting with a visit to Grasmere tomorrow morning.
I made it to Grasmere this morning as planned. It was a pretty grey morning but I managed to film a short segment for next week’s YouTube video.
While I was there I also managed to record a separate on location video. I have had a think about it an at the moment I think that I will probably publish these shorter form videos to my Ko-fi page.
I spent most of the afternoon in the office recording the rest of next week’s video.
I went to great lengths to improve both the sound quality and the lighting. This involved suspending blankets from the ceiling to reduce the reverb.
Although there is still room for improvement I was much, much happier than I was last week.
This morning I met up with Sam and Hannah Bose who had stopped off in Cumbria en route to Scotland. We met at Glencoyne on Ullswater for a rather breezy shoot, bumping into Mike Hutchinson in the process.
I tried to make the most of conditions by photographing the waves whipped up by the wind as they crashed on to the beach. I also managed to shoot another short video which will probably be published in the next week or so.
When I get home I checked that stats on my latest video and was surprised to see that there has been an unexpected jump in views.
Bless you Alex.