YouTube is one of the most rewarding and agonizing things I’ve ever worked on. The highs are high and the lows are low. You hit the nail on the head with all of this stuff and I’m glad I recently found your channel. Keep it up, man. 👍🏻
Too bad the people who enjoy your photo challenges and shoot-outs can't simply hit the like button twice! YouTube needs to create a 'troll stamp' button – a chute that sends trolls straight to…… the mirror.
Hey Andrew. I started mine a few weeks ago, mainly a podcast released each Sunday, with a slideshow of the previous week's shooting. All your warnings are valid. I love your and Denae's channel so keep it up! I can handle the criticism so, if you ever want to head over to my channel, your comments would be welcome. Cheers 🙂 Tim.
Good video. Very true about video editing taking much longer than anticipated. Also, "selling out" is not the same as being compensated for endorsing products you believe it, it's when you abandon your principles for pay.
I for one, really appreciate you doing this mate! 🙂
so good and honest, thank you. can't wait for part 2 & 3! 🙂
Amazing video bro 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
If it's any consolation I did not find your channel because of your gear videos. It was a your "I don't have time" video. Super compelling and your love of photography and desire to share that showed through out that video. While I enjoy some gear talk I find myself watching gear focused channels less and less. To be a better photographer I want to focus my video watching time more on what and how to shoot and why we shoot what we shoot.
Succinctly put Andrew. I’ve watched your channel for a while now and I’ve been inspired to take more photos. That’s the key and what it should be all about. Family, landscapes and (for me) motorcycles are a great combination. So I’d like to encourage you to keep doing what you’re doing, your spirit and enthusiasm are a worthwhile contribution to the Photographic community.
Did your purposely say "Vilographer" (5:19) before you began talking about how people want let you live down your mistakes LOL!!!
Yup, still no interest in making videos on the internet. Thanks for doing it though. 😛
Thank you for the honest review. It's just like anything in life, you need consistency and resilience to be successfull even in every career. You always have ppl who put you down and those who will try to break your will out of sheer jealousy. Remember to play the card you are dealt. Please read these two books: "Deep Work" and "so good they can't ignore you" by Cal Newport, he explains exactly what's discussed in this video and why doing what you love is not always your best option.
I feel you man
You are ALWAYS negative!!!! Negative nancy! 😘
Calling me mean, four eyes? 😉
I enjoyed watching this video, even though I have no serious intention of doing anything video-related for YouTube.
Good solid advice.
SO true and funny :). GOOD JOB !!! KEEP posting please ;). It makes my office job more enjoyable 🙂
Much respect! Stay awesome!
I really like the colours of your video. It might be lighting, but I think a big part of it is the film simulation presets that you use. Do you mind sharing those with us? 🙂
It’s interesting you posted this today. I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from YouTube while I put together some long form content. This new project required a rather drastic gear re-evaluation. I have been wondering if I’m missing an opportunity here by not sharing my platform switch and why I did it and share some new gear…but I’m not sure if the surge in new photographers in my audience will outweigh the surge of negativity that comes with it.
Since I can personally attest to most of what you have said here from my own experiences, I have a feeling you’ll be just as right on about the effect of a gear video. As it is now, I’ve had hardly any negative comments and my audience has been so supportive and positive it blows me away nearly every time I get a comment. I don’t want to jeopardize that for anything!
On the other hand, here I sit wondering if I’m just squandering the opportunity to give my channel a little boost right before unveiling a new project that I really want to reach more people…something I’ve been putting monumental effort into that may or may not even get in front of people.
Thanks for sharing what it’s like from your perspective. As I see a big year of “I switched to XYZ” videos coming to a close, it’s hard to decide if I should share my own perspectives on my changing needs and how gear fits into the whole landscape of creating our art, or if I stay right clear of that space and stay 100% focused on my big project. Not that I am confident one way or another but it was really helpful to hear someone else lay it all out from their perspective.
Thank you and keep doing what you’re doing!
A lot of good points, especially regarding the work involved. You definitely need to love editing to have a YouTube channel. Looking forward to part 2!
I’ve never laughed so much in my life. Not at you, just for the record. But about the stark reality, the bitter and painful truth, the honest assessment of the situation.
It’s the name calling, the abuse, the reference to physical or the glaringly obvious personal attributes that were just hilariously true. Funny and true.
The internet world is brutal and unemotive. People say what they want without a care in the world, unemotively, without a care of how what they said may affect your day or ruin your dream.
It’s a brutal world. The worst of all is the so called “fan-boy camp”. It’s become so territorial to the extent that battle lines are constantly and hilariously drawn.
At the end of the day, regardless of what gear ⚙️ we own, the mutual love for our creative art is paramount.
Well done for your honest and open view.
Well done Andrew. Very honest and accurate assessment with just the right amount of humor.The editing time is the single biggest reason I had to stop posting. I enjoy editing but I just don’t have that kind of time unless I cut out sleep. As you said, my channel is withering away because all my content is backlogged.Glad you’re able to find a way to keep up with it all. Onward and upward my friend!
I hate that you hate hateful hatred! angry emoji
^this is a joke
I just started trying to get in the Youtube space with photography/photographer type stuff and so far it's been going pretty well. However, I'm not getting seen by the masses so I'm sure that'll change once I have more people watching my videos. But all of this stuff is so true. Esspecially the time part. Being a photographer trying to now edit videos when you've only dabbled in Final Cut takes FOREVER at first. It's the worst. Thanks for making this. I hope this doesn't turn people away from starting photography Youtube channels and more so makes them realistic about what they're going to go through.
Nice one!Peter McKinnon is a boring, fake, poser and a far cry from reality, nobody should ever be like him
great video. honest as always. keep it coming 🙂
Well done, another great video!
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You can get pass the mean comments Andrew, you are a big boy 😀 And concerning other topics, I guess you could just decide are you in it or not…
As someone who is really just a YouTube consumer, this was very enlightening to get an idea of what goes into these productions. I know I was tempted once to add an "Actually…" comment to one of your videos, but I told myself surely you'd heard it a million times already. And just so you know my motivation, it was purely because I enjoy your channel so much and I want to "protect" you from the "get snipped" comments.
Yeh Man as always love your Tube, always look forward to you update videos, love the journey, the honesty, the true insights. Interesting to hear your feeling on the start of the journey was about being out and about, that what I love about your channel, the gearheads video's are so annoying. I'm Fuji guy have been since day one probably always will be, not a pro but felt a pull with so many vlogs pushing gear that to be honest get you down over time instead of focussing on the joy of getting out and taking pictures. Good on you man for this video! All the best
This wasn’t unduly negative in any way. It was funny… nice one! (I’ll probably end up hating the ‘positive’ part two🤦♂️)
I loved this video. Some great information and insights. And I love your approach to it—you just have to laugh at some of these things. If you can't, you're going to need Prozac.
I have to say that I don't think you're average at all. I mean that in a good way. You have an ease and authenticity in your videos that make them enjoyable to watch. This is why I'll be a loyal subscriber for as long as you're making videos. Nothing can change this. Unless, of course, you switch away from Fujifilm. Then you're DEAD to me. 😀
Thank you for a very interesting, well made and informative video. It has not deterred me from developing my own channel (which is currently at the very early stages). I will continue to do videos for YT while while I enjoy it and if in the future I stop enjoying it then I will stop. BTW I've just discovered your channel and I think its excellent 🙂
This was a great video and a fun topic!
This video is precious. Btw, I have no idea how do you find the time to produce all those sweet quality videos with all the children you've got, your "real" job… etc. Kudos.
I'm totally agree. The youtube thing went out of hand. It's a unbalanced affair. Google gets all the earnings, and the 99% of creators get the 1% of the revenues. In a niche as photography, there are hundreds or maybe thousands of vlogs/review channels. And to get views creators need (or better, they are pushed) to improve the production values (time, effort, money). That's hardly sustainable for a grown guy (for a kid is different).
But a real, (in the real world, with real business) photographer (that shoots every day, often the evenings, often the weekends) can't even think to start doing videos. No time for that. So the youtube photo-community it's a realm of semi-pros, amateurs, aficionados, techies, nerds. And that's fine. The nerds and geeks are the people I like. But in the end it's a very mono-dimensional and self-referential view on the photography world.
A real photographer (keep in mind that where I live, a person has to work "free" until June/July just to pay taxes) can't afford the dead time of shooting-editing-uploading-responding, etc. But nobody, nobody, in the 2018 will watch anymore any channel without editing, proper light etc.
And that's ok. You, and other youtuber I watch, are just normal people like us, but with just a little more talent and determination ad gear etc… That's why the success. It's fun to watch. It's relatable. It's relaxing.
But no youtube channel tell to the audience how is the real life of a real photographer. No youtuber shows how you can shoot thousands of "decent" pictures in a day (or night), cull them, resize and send some hundreds of them to the newspapers and press agencies via cloud or whatever before midnight, how to store all the archives, how to interact with big institutional clients, how to handle taxes, bureaucracy, time-tables, collaborators; how to solicit clients to pay, how to run a shop, sell prints and gear. Etc.
Youtube fans live in a world of fantasy, where a photographer goes out, take a bunch of pictures, enjoys a couple of hours on Lightroom, and that's it. Money start to magically came in. Then, the rest of the day, will be enjoyed fighting about gear, taking test shots, switching systems (according to youtube algorithm, photographers switch brand every week).And youtube fans, that paid nothing for the service other than gifting their personal data to an ads company as google, they expect validation of their purchases, nice music, perfect transitions, great editing skills…
That is not the real life. Nobody in real life (other than photo-nerds that spend the afternoon in photo-stores) debates about camera specs. Even photographers don't. Once they are settled they have no time to question about a system. Switching system, for a working pro, is a epochal thing, done once in a lifetime. And only after years of pondering.
What people see on youtube it is not real (business) photography.
I can't not admire everyone that tries to put his effort in starting a youtube channel. I understand the passion, the ambition, the geekiness. I will continue to enjoy the few channels I follow.But I will not stop to have my little flames in the comments with all the commenters that can't understand the difference between photography and measurebation. Between enjoy a video (even if we are not totally agree) and trowing shit to everything.
Youtube creators deserve respect, for all the work they put in.But youtube-viewers are like little kids that fight over toys, they need to grow a little.Even 40-60 years-old guys act like kids in the comments.And everybody think of themselves as the new Ansel Adams or H. Cartier Bresson.
Well, I'm digressing. Sorry, long comment!
Well said Andrew, keep up with the great job!
Hilarious video and great thumbnail. My channel is a just a crumb so no hate for me yet! And yes gear videos get more views but I ain’t got the money to be continuously buying gear lol 🤣
Ha ha! This has to be one of the most honest summaries of what running a YouTube channel is like! Loved it!
This is a really nice video! Looking forward to the next. 👍🏻
your best video. Respect, sir!
8:05 to 9:00 – had to keep going back to that point 🤣🤣🤣🤣
For me it's about time. Trying to get the time to make videos is a pain and your correct people are mean.
I’ve been enjoying binge watching all your videos since I subscribed. Arrived for the Fujifilm stuff but stayed for the personality too.
I love your channel man. Personally, I feel you have fantastic and useful content in the photography world. Little do you know, you helped me make my first Fuji purchase of the X-T1 and decide on my first Fuji lens in the 23 f2. Has busy father myself, I thank you very much for the time and effort you put into doing what you do in order to help people like me find my photography way. Much love and appreciation 🙏🏻
I was fortunate to start doing this when there were relatively few photo channels. I can't image how tough it must be to break into it now…Nice video, I subscribed!Jordan @ DPReview TV
thank you brother
This video makes me subscribe your channel instantly 🙂
About sums it up. I'm not a gear head, but have reviewed enough gear and materials (mostly on my blog) to know that's what attracts traffic and comments (mostly positive, thankfully). But I am just not interested enough in gear to slog through that subject — I'm too busy making photographs.
Then there's YouTube itself. I have another longstanding channel that makes a few bucks and was starting to add to that revenue (enough to buy a box of good paper every 6 months) with my photography channel … until YouTube decided to cut off small channels. That certainly put a curb on my enthusiasm.
Hi Andrew. This is not a negative rant at all, this is advice from the heart, and your smile more than conveys the care you have for your audience. You give good advice, time and time again.
That's a great video. But if you are small potatoes, I must be, like pollen or something with my tiny audience! Though I sort of like the microvlogging experience.
Lol this is so on point. Nice video.
You seem like a nice guy and I enjoyed this video
Absolutely 100% true, especially about gear videos..its a deep dark hole so easy to start falling down..but its all part of the ride 🙂 great video man.
I have a new channel, but its not a photography or review channel. I am retired in Saigon and do it for fun. I really enjoy the photography channels. Have gotten some good advice on gear and techniques. One thing I don't understand though. About 85% of my viewers watch my vids on a smartphone, Most of the rest watch on a computer (i'm betting laptop). My question to the community is this … If you are a YouTube creator with no photography career, why do you need to invest thousands of $$$ expensive gear and shoot/produce in 4k when most of the viewers are watching on a 5.5" screen. I understand that nice video is a positive, and helps tell the story, but isn't this a bit of overkill??? I enjoyed your video, and luckily my channel isn't at the size that attracts the trolls and naysayers, most of my viewers are friends. I am sure that will change after watching your video.
Also, if you are an attractive young female and you put yourself on screen, GUARANTEED there will be unsavoury characters who will NOT be there to hear what you have to say about photography.
I am more likely to watch a photography video if it tells me something I didn't know and want to hear or know how to do, regardless of "production values". If the presenter has a good delivery and doesn't waffle, that's 90% of the battle. The rest is in-focus imagery that shows me the things it would take too long to describe in words.
The other thing to consider is what you actually want to do. If you have an example of the world's least-used camera in your hands and you want to put out an instruction video because nobody else did, or would, you are doing the YT photography world a service. If you have even a basic, common camera but want to share something about it that you feel no other vid you've seen covers, that's also a niche waiting to be filled. But if you're doing it purely for the views and the subscribers, you're doing it wrong. YOU NEED TO MAKE STUFF THAT OTHER PEOPLE WANT TO SEE. And if you can do that with even moderate competence, the rest should happen.
This is the TRUTH. It's been about 1 year now for me on YouTube and it's INSANE how different my expectations vs my experience has been. If someone is coming into this space I hope for there own sake they have the privilege to see this video and the awareness to take this information seriously. Excited for the next Part! Also one of the most valuable and rewarding aspects of having a slow growing channel for me has been being able to build a rapport via consistent commenting/interacting with the community (both fans and other Youtubers). Certain people show up every time and comment and it's amazing to experience that time and time again.
This is one of the best videos i've seen about being a youtuber. Nice work.
I want to shoot video for my upcoming world travel. It’s like looking into the abyss. I can and have edited a lot of video. But shooting for edits is hard.
Also, thanks for engaging in the comments. I’m pretty sure you have replied to everything I have commented, and it definitely feels like you have a community here because of that.
Thanks for the honesty, and still shooting about shooting over gear.✌️
Nice job. Very thorough. You're exactly the kind of guy who should be on Youtube. You love to tell stories and share and help people. Great foundation to stand on. You could probably have a successful channel about anything.
Your thoughts on the comments section of Youtube was of particular interest. Is it possible to have a successful Youtube channel without enabling comments…or choosing to review comments before posting them…just wondering.
Well, thank you for the advice, it's an interesting insight. I like your videos and your style, you have a new subscriber here.
Brilliant…..negative but made me smile….weird lol
Any links to your part 2 or 3 or are they still in the works?
what an insightful video! youtube is something really special, sometimes i love it sometimes i hate it thanks for sharing this great content with us and i really really enjoyed watching this!
The truth is so deep on this man, and I'm not even making a vlog. I'm simply trying to make promo videos for my services lol
Awesome, thank you! The most positive ‘negative’ presentation I could imagine. Very articulate, considerate and entertaining; things I would lack and biggest reason for me not publicly sharing my own videos I guess.
Great video! You have a new subscriber…for what it's worth…maybe one more of those dozens of dollars.
Appreciate the honesty. Probably the reason why yours is among the most human and viewable photography channels.
Hey man I just came here from Omar’s channel. I just started filming my drive home from work and on purpose I keep it on the low end of the production scale and cut it on my iPad. I love it so far but I identify with what you’re saying.
I wouldn't do it because too many people are mean and nasty for no reason other than they hate life and complain for no reason.
Great subject. I just subscribed because of your candor.😊
So in a nutshell the number one rule is, “get a very thick skin“. Rule 2, “ don’t do it to be “famous”. And if you’re doing it to be famous then go see a therapist to figure out why you want to be famous, what’s lacking in your life that you feel you need to be validated by bunch of strangers online.
this is the most pathetic cynical video, youre saying dont do it because its hard, its like that with everything in life just get over it let people try things to push themselves to do something challenging instead of discouraging a passion from the get go. You're doing a disservice to anyone out there with passion and telling them to give up and never try, instead of trying, most likely failing but learning so much from it
I didn't feel that was negative. I thought you got it just right, mentioning the workload and expectations without being down on it. Good call and I don't think a vasectomy would help an awful lot 🙂
But what about if you enjoy punishing yourself
I really am looking to start a photography channel and was reluctant to watch this video. But this may be one of the most important videos.
haha that "You need a vasectomy" comment… wtf
it really is ive been meaning to upload a video for weeks xD
OMG you made me Laugh Out Loud for real! I so agree with this! hahahahahaha great post! 😀 Subscribed.
Haha ooooh man my friend. I mean, you were brutally honest. But I'll still going for it now that I am able to weigh more pros and cons. And you, mate, have earned a new follower 👌🏾 great content
You know you've made it big when you've got hate comments, that's what I say….Erm…I'm not there yet. Anyway, great content, subbed 🙂
Thanks for being honest.
Great video. I am somewhat new to the art of photography, please take a look at some of my aerial photography videos and subscribe if you can.
Honestly watching this encouraged me more in wanting just want to create & refine my channel. ♥️ The end goal is always more rewarding
I love this video, if anything is very encouraging and grounded.
This is a good video, the most encouraging discouragement ever, am inspired.
Started on your Fuji Viltrox 85 video and landed here… 10x the time sink is totally right haha. I planned on launching in Jan and ended up being mid April due to finding what works with my gear, consistent location, 10 edits that I binned for various reasons (audio sucked, videos boring, bad presenting). Finally am emerging and producing videos but its still a HUGE time sink.
It's great when friends and family watch a video and say "Hey, you're actually pretty good at this". But yeah, they dont see 4+ months of work in the bin haha.
Excellent video mate, it's good to hear that these things are universal amongst creators
Holly cow after that I'm just going to shut up shop.
Oh my God! You're so damn right. I hate video editing. I can sit for days if it's photo editing, but video editing..well I got headache just by thinking of it.
Man, you're deep. This I can relate with most of what you're saying.
I loved this vid. I just started a Youtube channel a couple months ago. Oh lord, how much I agree with you about the amount of time it takes to edit a single video. I'm trying my best to design them so they don't take as long, and yes, growth is somewhat disappointing, but I was expecting that.
Love your bit on being a 'sellout', I never thought of that part but it's completely valid!
People care a lot about gear because is the only thing that can really have a control on. There are people that spend thousands of $ in gear and never go out shooting. So sad!
damn i keep nodding my head when watch this video :/ So much truth! LOL
The one thing most people fail to realise is that if they did it, he's done it, she's done it, and you did it, so can I, and so can you too
Ignore all the work involved and instead love the process of building as much as sleeping in the finished house and it's a no brainer
Some interesting points! I have just made a YouTube channel to post some of my fashion stories and film experiments, still not had the guts to actually present anything yet – as you say in this video people can be mean! Also not had many views or anything and still working out where my obscure style 'fits in' anywhere. Indeed Premier Pro is a lot different from Photo Shop and I did spend 5 hours watching one YouTube video learning all the things so I could edit something properly, it can be a pretty steep learning curve but as with Photoshop there is always new things to discover! Great video though look forward to seeing more stuff 🙂
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