Diary: 2018 Week 43

YouTube premieres, monetisation and hanging out with a mate at Tarn Hows.

One year on - time to reflect on the promises I made myself this time last year

Monday 22nd October 2018

Had a wonderful morning shooting with Tom at Ullswater and ended up filming a video about breaking the rules.

I wasn’t my intention, it just sort of happened. First I took a shot placing my subject dead centre of the frame and then on another shot I intentionally blew out the sky in order to exaggerate the bright conditions.

Overall I am pretty pleased with the shots that I got over the weekend; a couple stand a strong chance of making it into my portfolio when I select my best shots from 2018 at the end of the year.

Tuesday 23rd

Left myself too much to do and won’t be ready to release a video tonight. I guess it’ll just have to wait until next week.

I had a notification from YouTube this evening announcing their new ‘premiere’ feature. Apparently it allows you to ‘advertise’ your up and coming videos in advance and to ‘chat’ online with viewers in realtime at the point they are released.

YouTube says that this increases engagement with your audience and I for one am well up for that! Typically, I need to be in Leeds next Wednesday so I’ll be on the M6 heading home when my next video is released.

Wednesday 24th

Today I received a DM on Instagram asking me how I take long exposures. Rather than reply directly I decided to write a blog post about it.

Clearly I go into autopilot when I am out shooting because when I actually sat down to think about it I realised just how complicated it is.

I think we can all be guilty of taking for granted the skills that we have developed over the years. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to pass on my knowledge.

You can read about how I take long exposures here.

Thursday 25th

I have finally been accepted on to the YouTube partner programme meaning that I can now put adverts on my videos.

I am not doing this in order to generate an income, after all my views are so low I won’t make much money but there is a theory that the YouTube algorithm favours videos have ads over those that do not.

As I am trying to reach as wider an audience as possible I thought I’d give it a go. I guess only time will tell if the rumours are true.

Friday 26th

Tom Peters has finally released his video from the day that we climbed Loughrigg Fell with James Burns and Simon Burn.

I really was a great morning and I found it fascinating to relive it through Tom’s eyes.

You can read about our morning on Loughrigg Fell here.

Saturday 27th

This morning I met up with Geoff MacDonald for a shoot at Tarn Hows this morning. Geoff subscribes to my YouTube channel and has been incredibly supportive, always taking the time to leave a comment.

Even though the photos that I came away with were crap I still had a wonderful time. I really enjoy meeting the people that watch my videos. Things have been tough for me recently but hearing how my videos inspire others puts everything into perspective.

Geoff then went on to hike up to Sprinkling Tarn… …for a wild camp… …in October. I’ve made him promise to text me the minute he’s down safe. I bet I don’t sleep tonight.

Sunday 28th

I slept like a log last night!

Spent the morning filming with Tom on his gardening channel. I wasn’t really on form making hard work of it.

Finally heard from Geoff that he’d made it down safely. Sounds like he enjoyed himself.

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