Monday 9th March 2020
I had a 1-2-1 this morning with Stephen “Ratty” Cross.
We spent the morning at Tarn Hows, Coniston Water and Kelly Hall Tarn.
Stephen is a passionate nature photographer. Although he has many years of experience I was still able to help him refine his in camera workflow. This allowed him to capture some strong images despite the less than favourable conditions.
After 2 weeks when I have been very busy with workshops and 1-2-1s it was almost a relief to have a day in the office.
I spent most of today catching up with emails.
In other news the Photography Show has been postponed due to the Corona Virus. Probably just as well as I have a mountain of work to get through.
Another day in the office. Spent most of it responding to comments on my most recent videos.
I also took a look at my YouTube statistics.
Since the start of the year I have been producing 2 videos a week.
I was surprised to find that despite a 24% increase in views for the first quarter this year (and we still have 3 weeks left) revenue is actually down 2%.
I think that this just goes to show that YouTube is probably not a viable income stream for me at the moment.
Finally found some time to spend uploading the images that have been submitted in response to the video that I did about 52 Assignments: Landscape Photography.
Jules and I spent some time reviewing the submissions. It was interesting to see how different people tackled each of the submissions.
If you’d like to see the images check out this post about the 52 Assignments.
My one and only opportunity to get out and shoot this week.
I headed to Elterwater to prepare for a 1-2-1 that I have in a few days time.
The River Brathay is a glaring omission from my portfolio, probably because despite there being huge scope I have yet to figure out my preferred composition.
It was a glorious morning with clear skies so I spent my time exploring a few compositions with the aim of finding ‘the one’.
Finally, with the help of Mrs Sale, I have been able to confirm the venue and date for my first photography exhibition.
I decided that I want to test the water and so have chosen a single date as a trial run.
I am hoping that picking a prime location in a popular village at the beginning of the summer holidays will help to draw a few people in.
My first exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the people that watch my YouTube videos. Their kind donations have funded the purchase of the frames that I need for the exhibition.
If you would like to support my exhibition please visit my ko-fi page.
I spent the day in the office working on my 6 month update video.
I cannot quite believe that it has been 6 months since I left my old job to follow my dream of becoming a landscape photographer.
This week it feels like I have taken a big step to turning that dream into a reality.
I am both excited and nervous about my first exhibition. This is a big step for me and something that I have been dreaming about for a long time.
The realisation that my income from YouTube has fallen despite doubling the amount of videos that I have been producing is disappointing. Perhaps my time would be better spent elsewhere?
But pulling back from YouTube will be hard. After all, without the support of the people that watch my videos I would not be hosting my first exhibition.