Monday 28th September 2020
This morning I was at Derwent Water for a 1-2-1 with Andy Crisp. Andy had some fabulous conditions and I think he got some great shots.
On the way home I got that familiar buzz that I get when I am able to help another photographer to get some good images. Man I love my job! 🙂
Now that I am only producing 1 video a week for YouTube I have found that I still want to share my experiences whilst out on location. I have started to produce short (2-4 minutes) videos that I share on Ko-fi. Eventually I also want to start creating videos especially for my Facebook page in an effort to wean myself off of YouTube.
A recent analysis of my performance on YouTube has shown that despite average watch time and click through rate remaining consistent the number of impressions (how often YouTube is suggesting my videos to people) has fallen considerably.
This explains the 40% drop in views I have experienced recently.
It is bad practice to put all of your eggs into one basket. Now that I have reduced the number of videos I am producing for YouTube I can put more effort into the other platforms.
I have also removed YouTube ad revenue as an income stream from my business plan. Instead I want to reinvest that money in other forms of marketing. In the long term I want to move away from YouTube as a way of promoting my business.
The weather wasn’t great today so I spent all day in the office catching up on admin. Most my time was spent creating itineraries for photographers that are joining me for 1-2-1s in the coming months.
I do this whenever I have 1-2-1s that run for a whole day. I think it is important to have a plan so that my clients know what to expect and so that I can make sure they are visiting locations that interest them.
Thursday 1st October
My mate Steve Bennett is in the Lakes for the weekend so we arranged to meet for a shoot at Wray on Windermere.
It was his first trip away since lockdown was introduced back in March and he was treated to some spectacular Lakeland mist. At one point we couldn’t see across to the opposite side of the lake.
This was a rare opportunity for me to try my hand at some super minimalist shots.
We finished up by making our way around to High Wray Bay. As we walked along the edge of the lake we passed a group of three trees that have always fascinated me. In the right light there is definitely a shot here.
Steve and I meet at Holme Fell this morning. I have a workshop here at the end of the month and still have a few places to sell so I needed to grab some shots that I can share on social media in order to promote it.
What looked at first like a promising morning turned out to be ‘a bit of a damp squib’. However, I was happy to see that the autumn colours are starting to develop and should be looking really good in a few weeks time.
The fact of the matter is that I much prefer filming out on location. For me YouTube has always been about sharing my passion for the Lake District and for landscape photography. Now that I have made the decision to reduce my dependency on YouTube I want to return to making videos that I myself enjoy.
One thing that I did not enjoy however was the number of takes that it took me to get my closing piece to camera right. The video will be released on Tuesday 6th October. Make sure that you watch right to the end if you want to see how I made such hard work of it.
I was at Buttermere this morning for a workshop. If the weather forecast was to be believed it would have been so easy to cancel it.
Fortunately while it rained pretty much all morning the lack of wind meant that we could shelter ourselves (more importantly our cameras) under umbrellas.
What might have been a complete washout turned out to be one of the best workshops I have run. I look forward to seeing the shots that Glenn and Michael managed to bag.