The time has come for me to get on YouTube.
I rarely write articles on here. I am not a blogger, editor or English major. They just simply take too long. I had subjects I wanted to write about and may still eventually, but with just 2 videos made so far I am finding it much easier.
The YouTube channel will be a mix of behind the scenes, how-to’s, not so technical gear reviews and maybe even some high quality stock like footage. Most of my video’s will be shot on my cellphone. I do not want to spent a lot of time with setup, crazy amounts of editing or worrying about finding the best angle. I’ll save that for my photography.
My camera’s (Nikon D750 & FujiFilm X100F) are also not the most best camera’s for video. But they do have video function, so I’ll eventually use them to capture time-lapses or other high quality footage once I get more accustomed to video.
So without further ado, please see my first official YouTube video below:
The Editing Software
I used GoPro’s free video editing software Quik after recording three separate videos on my Google Pixel. This app made it quick and painless. I kept the generic GoPro music but chose to blend it with my speaking during certain clips. I then exported the finished video to DropBox so have it anywhere I go and it doesn’t kill my hard-drive.
This will likely change, but as of right now Quik is free and works well with vertical video (which is the road I believe I am heading down)
In addition to putting my videos on Youtube, I will be also be able to share them on the new IGTV which can be seen on my regular Instagram profile as well as my business Facebook page. Most will also be shared here, where I may or may not explain the video in detail. Depends on how I feel for the day.
I didn’t initially plan on writing a post this long but I just went with it. (And totally contradicted myself) So I’ll wrap up the post with the finished products below.
OMG! Those Pictures at the End!
I used my FujiFilm X100f with two Lee Seven5 filters; a 0.9 Soft-Edge GND filter and a Big Stopper 3.0 ND filter. Both of these filters helped me create the silky smooth look as well as capture the beautiful vibrant sky.
And a special shoutout to Suzi Pratt of Intrepid Freelancer & Gemini Connect who helped jumpstart my desire to at least start taking video’s to help my photography business. I’ve read many of her previous blog posts about event photography, selling stock photos and SmugMug/Wordpress integration. The article can be viewed below: