Monday 9th December 2019
We were in Edinburgh for the Christmas Markets over the weekend.
Didn’t get home till late this afternoon.
I find it frustrating to loose a whole day, especially as I have so much work to do.
As I didn’t get back from Edinburgh until late yesterday I didn’t have much time to get this week’s video edited.
It is the first time I have filmed an entire video solely in my office; normally I would do most of the filming on location but with the poor weather that we have been having recently that hasn’t been an option.
However, before I could start I had some domestic chores to take care of.
Since leaving my old job I have taken a more active role in running our day to day lives. Helen used to take care of most things allowing me to focus on my job and my photography.
Now that I have more time I can start doing my fair share.
It is something that I really enjoy. I feel more involved, particularly at this time of year with Christmas just around the corner.
I yesterday’s video I experimented with using two camera angles to make the process of filming faster.
The problem is that despite how it may seem in my videos I am actually not very good in front of the camera. I am constantly making mistakes which I need to cover up with clever editing.
This usually involves cutting out the mistake and covering it over with b-roll so that the cut is hidden. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of opportunity to shoot b-roll in the office so I hit upon a cunning plan.
I would film using two camera angles so that if I made a mistake I could cut it out and change angle making it appear seamless.
Or so I thought.
Unfortunately a lot of people have said that the second angle is distracting. They also didn’t like it that I wasn’t speaking directly to the camera.
Back to the drawing board…
Spent the day organising my workshops for 2020.
I have 3 planned for the winter including one a Rydal Water which I will be co-hosting with James.
- 25th January – Derwent Water – limited to 2 people
- 8th February – Ullswater and Brothers Water – limited to 2 people
- 22nd February – Rydal Water (with James Burns) – limited to 4 people
For more details check out my workshops page.
Things certainly seem to take longer than I expected. It has taken me all day to confirm the details for just 3 workshops for January and February. I still have the spring workshops to do.
We are keeping things simple to start with but I hope to be able to offer more ambitious workshops in the autumn.
Back to Edinburgh today to join my old department for their Christmas do.
I have thrown myself into the challenge of establishing my own business and have been completely focused.
So it came as a bit of a surprise just how much I have missed everyone, particularly the other guys from the management team that I used to be a part of.
In some ways nothing has changed and it others it has changed a great deal. It is great to see some of the younger guys have been promoted and given the opportunity to make their mark just as I was all those years ago.
Good luck to them.
With my workshops for 2020 starting to take shape it was time to turn my attention to my prints sales.
Here I have a huge amount of work to do.
I started by selecting my 20 favourite images from the last 3 years. I found breaking them down by year tells a story:
- Jul to Dec 2017 (my first 6 months on YouTube) – 4 images
- Jan to Dec 2018 – 1 image
- Jan to Aug 2019 (before going full-time) – 5 images
- Sep to Dec 2019 (since going full-time) – 10 images
If you are interest to see which images I have chosen as my favourites check out my shop.
Now that I have a decent selection of prints for sale I can begin the task of marketing them.
Moving forward I need to make sure that my shop updated regularly. I cannot afford to fall behind again.
Pleased with the progress that I made this week so I have allowed myself to have the day off.
We met up with friends in Grasmere for a walk around the lake followed by lunch in one of the cafes.
It has now been over 2 weeks since I was last out with the camera. I am really looking forward to getting out next week.
I knew before going full-time that there was more to building a successful business than taking photographs.
The work that I have done this week will stand me in good stead for the coming months.
But somehow I need to find the right balance of time in and out of the office.