Monday 13th January 2020
A day spent editing my next video and replying to comments on my last one.
It might not be particularly exciting but it is important nevertheless. YouTube remains the primary means of marketing my fledgling business.
And as I am hoping to announce my spring workshops this week it has never been more important.
Finally completed the work to arrange my spring workshops.
It has taken a lot of organising and to’ing and fro’ing to pull it all together but I am proud of what I have come up with.
Some are going to be harder to sell than others. The real work starts now!
Today I headed to Force Crag Mine in near Keswick in the northern Lake District.
My plan was to film a video about photographing an industrial landscape.
It was too windy to film so I just spent my time exploring the site looking for compositions.
I will return later in the week.
Spent the day in the office filming and editing a video all about how I edit video.
I do not expect that it will do very well in terms of views, after all it is a little off topic. But I do want to encourage as many people to have a go a vlogging as possible.
I hope by sharing what I have learned over the past two and a half years will make it a bit easier for some people to get started.
I also sent my first marketing email about my spring workshops to everyone who registered an interest. I do have a nagging feeling that I am not going to sell a single place.
I am trying to ignore it.
I made it back to Force Crag Mine this morning.
Filming went like a breeze, the pay off for the time that I spent scouting the location earlier in the week.
When I got home I was pleased to find that I had already sold a few workshop places.
What a relief.
One of the frustrating inevitabilities of being a photographer that runs workshops is that people will drop out. This happened to me this week.
Having sold the last place on my winter workshops I was feeling pretty smug. Pride cometh before a fall.
So I now have a place to sell for my Ullswater and Brothers Water workshop.
To cut a long story short I decided to head to Ullswater to get a shot that I could use to promote the remaining place on my workshop on social media.
All of the shots that I got were awful.
If it is true that I learn more from my failures than my successes then today I must have learned a lot! 🙂
A reasonably productive week but the realism of what it means to be a full-time landscape photographer is starting to sink in.
It is now time to find out if I have what it takes to sell myself.