Monday 26th October 2020
Since I finished my last 1-2-1 on Friday it has been raining constantly. So despite my best intentions it was to be yet another Monday in the office.
I spent most of the day editing a video about my recent commission.
At the end I was really pleased with it. There is a strong story element and the wonderful conditions helped me to capture some good images.
I think it is my best video for a while.
Today seemed to get lost to those small, mundane tasks that we all need to get done every now and then.
By far and away the best was framing the image of the Rigg that was chosen by Ailsa. The image looks fantastic framed and I am absolutely delighted with it.
My latest video went live yesterday. The early signs are not good.
My channel has been in the decline since March with views falling month after month. Whilst it would be easy to blame the YouTube algorithm I suspect that the real reason lies a little closer to home.
The poor performance of my last 2 videos is strong evidence of my failure to create engaging content. With this in mind I spent some time today reviewing my key beliefs:
- Landscape photography is fun!
- It is more fun if you get good photos
- The Lake District is a great place to get good photos
Hopefully producing content that aligns with these beliefs will help me to re-engage with my audience. Or at the very least help me to connect with a whole new audience entirely.
Adobe Premiere Pro Creator Bootcamp
I had an email last week from Adobe inviting me to attend an online bootcamp designed to improve the quality of my videos. Apparently my channel has been identified as having great potential! I am glad someone thinks so. 🙂
This evening was the first session where I was able to meet my fellow creators that will be on the bootcamp. I made the following observations.
- They are all women. I appear to be the only bloke on the course. I now regret not shaving or brushing my hair for the first Zoom session.
- It seems they are all younger than me. Some of them are still in high school.
- They are all far more charismatic and engaging than I am.
It is this last point that interests me the most.
Whilst there is no doubt I will learn a lot from the lessons that Adobe have prepared I also think there is a lot I can learn from my fellow students.
While I was on the call with Adobe I got a message from Jules. He’s finished the documentary that he filmed about be a few weeks ago.
I think he has done a great job with the edit and should be very proud. The video gives an excellent account of what it is really like to be a professional landscape photographer in 2020.
The video will premiere on YouTube on Wednesday 4th November at 19:00. Both Jules and I will be online if you would like to chat to us.
The highlight of the day was a call from company that creates online photography courses. They are looking for an expert to help them to create a course about landscape photography.
It is a really exciting opportunity that would allow me to focus on presenting while someone else looks after the producing, directing, filming and editing.
I need to make sure that I do everything that I can to make it happen.
This evening’s webinar about “eCommerce for Photographers” was a disappointment.
Less than 50% of the people that registered made it on to the call. Of those that did less than 20% made a donation via Ko-fi (although those that did were very generous).
It is another example of my inability to create engaging content at the moment.
At times like this I am reminded of the quote by Winston Churchill.
Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.
So I will pick myself up, dust myself off and try something else. Every failure is an opportunity to learn a new lesson.
IT’S STOPPED RAINING!!!
I had to make the most of this opportunity to get out with this camera. Typically I had a very busy afternoon so only had time for a quick shoot.
I decided to make my way to Manesty Park at the southern end of Derwent Water. With all of the rain that we have been having I was expecting the River Derwent to have burst it banks. I wasn’t wrong. You can see how I got on in next week’s video.
I was hoping that a few hours outside would help to lift my mood but it didn’t really.
My first call of the day was with John in Pennsylvania. We have been working together for over 6 months and have become good friends in that time.
2 hours on Skype with John was enough to cheer me up.
Like many people the situation with Covid is playing havoc with his photography. It can be difficult for some of us to visit the locations that we would normally choose to photograph. So I have set him a challenge.
During the month of November the two of us will be using our phones to produce 25 images that can be arranged in a 5×5 grid. The aim is to capture whatever catches our eye.
The point is to demonstrate how we don’t necessarily need to visit exotic locations to produce good photos or create a meaningful body of work.
I was supposed to have a workshop at Holme Fell this morning but it had to be cancelled due to the weather.
My rule for workshops is a simple one. I never ask anyone to shoot in conditions that I myself would not shoot in. And as I have only ventured out once this week I think it is safe to say there is cause for a postponement at least.
The biggest news of the day has been the government’s announcement that they will be locking down the country for a second time.
From Thursday 5th November the UK will enter into a period of lockdown that will last for a minimum of 4 weeks.
We have been expecting this. I am just relieved that it wasn’t enforced a month early otherwise the impact on my business would have been far greater.
Sunday 1st November
I had a busy morning reaching out to all the workshop and 1-2-1 clients that are affected by the lockdown.
Once again the impact on my business has been significant. But this is the world that we must now operate in.
Rather than allowing this to get me down I need to embrace the opportunity that it presents. My focus for the next couple of days will be figuring out how I can turn this negative into a positive.
I’ve done it before. I can do it again.