Here’s something new that I’m trying out …vlogging! Inspired by filmmaker Casey Neistat who substantially showed the world that it’s possible to create daily videos of everyday life in a way that is both contextually interesting and visually appealing. If you haven’t seen his work I highly suggest you go watch a few of his videos. Somehow the man is a beast and in addition to being a commercial director he’s been pumping out daily videos on YouTube day after day. After a few months of being a loyal viewer I decided to jump and pick up a new hobby.
As it turns out talking to a camera and finding an interesting perspective is hard to do when the lens is directed at you! For that reason and a few others I’m going to continue this new vlogging hobby for as I have the capacity to do so.
I’ve always talked about taking on new challenges to force yourself to grow. As a normal, regular person not used to being on video let alone talking to a camera this is a new environment perfect set for me to fail. And with this challenge everyone can physically watch me fail.
However in the event that I do fall flat on my face, I’m bound to learn a number of new skill sets out of this narcissistic documentary escapade.
Things I hope to learn:
- Being more comfortable in my own skin
- Becoming more proficient with video editing
- Improve my speech
This the primary reason why I’m interested in video blogs. No matter where you are or what you do being able to communicate with others is universal. I remember tucking my head down in grade school whenever the teacher would call on students to read aloud or present their reports in front of class. Public speaking was a dreaded place.
Nowadays as a photographer/creative entrepreneur I spend a great deal of time directing, negotiating, delegating work, etc. Communicating clearly and concisely is key to working with others in any space involving teams. Vlogging will my little experiment/practice time to communicate stories.
To any photographer or filmmaker reader, like me you probably already have everything you need to get started with a basic video. A camera and a computer. It would be a waste not to give vlogging a try.
Plus the nice people over at Intel gave me a Dell AIO to try out. Complete with 27 inches of real estate and a touch screen! Since I have this over arching fear of carpal tunnel anytime I can ditch a mouse and use my tablet or in this case literally poke the monitor is a good time.
My current set up for vlogging is
- Camera: Nikon D800, Canon G7x, GoPro
- Sound: Senheisser Lavaliers, Rode VideoMic
- Editing Software: Adobe Premiere Pro
And to any young, millennial reader, you probably have the most previous resource: time. Right now I’m a full-time photographer. Martially single. No children and no mortgage. I have time to dabble with making videos for myself. Later down the line I might not be able to. If you have leisure time and wanted to try something new –talk to a camera.
I mentioned in a previous blog post that I’ve been witnessing an assortment of life milestones: people passing, people getting married, people having babies, etc [I’m Going to Die.] There’s nothing like these chapters to remind you that life goes by a lot faster than we think. Coincidentally after writing that post I had dinner with my director pal, Kelly Li, who whips out his giant iPhone 6 and starts vlogging. Apparently he also recently started vlogging for the sake of memories and to look back on our twenties when we’re old and tucked away in a home.
Essentially these videos will become my personal time capsule for me to relive where I went, what I did, who my friends were, and ultimately who I was.
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