Category Archives: Video

The YouTube gaming channel experiment

Recently I’ve been running some experiments with a second channel. The goal is to test out some YouTube theories and try to make some useful conclusions.

I’m not able to put out content for my main YouTube channel as much as I’d like right now. So I figured perhaps a gaming channel would be a good way to create some kind of regular content for testing.

The other main reason was because I couldn’t believe a gaming channel was as difficult to grow as people seem to make it sound.

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A brief guide to YouTube’s creator levels and the perks gained with each

I regularly see people asking in various YouTube related Facebook groups about the advantages available to creators with a certain amount of subscribers.

Many people seem unaware that YouTube even offers anything to creators outside of the various Play Buttons for the superstars of its platform. So, I decided to put together a list.

YouTube can feel like a cold soulless creature at times, especially when your channel is quite small. But, there are benefits for users who have subscription levels in various brackets. And these brackets start all the way from 1 subscriber.

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The gear I take on a typical video shoot in the gym

Ok, I’ve been slacking a little bit on the video front (sorry!). Since Photokina, I’ve just been absolutely swamped and had little time to get out and even film let alone edit.

I did however, head back to the gym with Saffron Sheriff to shoot some video stuff for her new YouTube channel over the weekend, and also a few stills for her Instagram.

I’m constantly asked about the gear I use on photo and video shoots. And, as Saffron likes to make any excuse she can to play with my gimbal, this seemed like the perfect time to shoot a video going through it all.

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Let the vlogging begin!

Against my better judgement, I’ve been convinced to start vlogging.

I originally decided to pick up the Yi cameras and the Gimbal for documenting Photokina. I’m shooting video on “real cameras” for DIYPhotography, but I wanted to get some behind the scenes. So, I got all this stuff.

Then, several friends, independently of each other, convinced me I should put it all to good use, and start vlogging.

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So, I got five more action cameras (and a gimbal)

This whole action camera thing is turning out to be an interesting journey.

Since my previous post about picking up a Yi HD Action Camera, things seem to have taken a turn for the extravagant.

After I started playing with it, I realised what one could do to it through script hacking. Then, I got curious. While I saw a big difference in the footage, I wanted to do a direct comparison. So, I acquired a second camera. Next came a dual GoPro mount and a GoPro monopod (I refuse to call it a “selfie stick”, sorry).

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So, I got an action camera

I’ve been toying with the idea of an action camera for a while.  I wouldn’t really use one often enough to justify the cost of a GoPro, though, so it was never really an urgent need but always in the back of my mind.

I’m heading to Cologne in September to cover Photokina for DIYPhotography.  I’ve never been to Photokina before.  I’ve never been to Germany before, either, so I wanted to be able to document as much of the trip as possible.

Call me a big kid if you want, but I’m excited.

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