Starting a Photography YouTube Channel


  1. Chris Pugh December 14, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    No one buys swag? Isn't that a Left Coast Media hat you're wearing?

  2. RS December 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Nice video, good content.
    Most of the channel start as honest Photographers trying to offer some tips for other Photographers, until companies see they have a lot of followers and then the click bait and lying starts.
    Guys and girls selling their soul for 5 euro/dollar kick back and lie like their life is depending on it.
    Then , suddenly, they become phd's in the field of lenses and camera technology while they have never ever studied physics or photography . They open a box, read the specs and think they invented the camera.
    They reward reply's like "First", "Great Channel", etc, but if somebody question their story and substantiate it, they get banned and the reply vanishes like snow on a summers day.
    All because they haven't the in depth knowledge of the subject, to get into the discussion and defend their point of view by logic and proof.
    And then we have the loser, who need a half naked (most of the time not that pretty) model, put here in front of the camera and take 5 "terrible exposed" shots and the first 30 replies will say , "great model", "wow", "love her" etc. And the view counts will rise through the roof.
    So, to summarise my comment, and advice to you, if you want to upgrade your channel, loose the beard and glasses, get a couple of double D boobs and a cleavage down to your belly, and you can get away with all the BS and lies.
    Success, can't wait to see your BEWBS 😂 🤣😂 🤣😂 🤣😂 🤣

  3. 1spitfirepilot December 14, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Great. I enjoyed this and I'm not planning to vlog! Mature and well balanced discussion. ( btw: I'm hoping you are still going to do something on 'rules' like the rule of thirds etc – validity or otherwise of them. I think you said you were planning that…or have I misremembered?)

  4. buford.t.shutter December 14, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Great tip Andrew…. it’s a djungle this YouTube creating kinda lifestyle but it’s fun…. and one day i will succeed.. over and out….//freddie

  5. John Burridge December 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    I like that you addressed different ways to be likeable. You, Andrew, are very likeable in a conventional, sweet way, but one could instead be an a-hole that would appeal to another sort of person.

  6. Hartato Cipta Jaya December 14, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    out of the discussion, what is the best platform for learning online course for photography and editing? i was thinking like udemy or creativelive but i just cant decide because i had a little experience with both of them

  7. City Street December 14, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    As always a very well balanced conclusion to what has been a great series. Looking forward to see what you have in store for 2019 and to seeing the channel grow. If you don’t post anymore content this year can l also take this opportunity to wish you both as well as your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

  8. seoulrydr December 14, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Great vid!

  9. Sweet Lou Photography December 14, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I'll be sure to tuck some of those points into my back pocket brother man. Nice vid as per usual

  10. Scot Smith December 14, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Saw your whole series on this, loved it, subscribed! Probably would have subbed a lot sooner but only recently started watching YT a lot more after finding so much great content like this nowadays. Even if I don’t make a channel I hope it helps a lot of others continue adding great content.

  11. Peter Taranscorsese December 14, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Very well argued and well presented :- )

  12. Chase December 14, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Great series, very different and interesting since I don’t make YouTube videos. Do agree you’ve gotten much more natural in front of the camera👍

  13. Randy Pollock December 14, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Panda Heads never hurt either 🙂

  14. jeg569 December 14, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Great video, you and Denae are very likeable, you come across as genuine and happy in your shoes, I have drifted away from channels that only talk about gear, more motorcycle adventures please 🏍📷👍

  15. Madison B December 14, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Great video, glad to have found another photograph channel 🙂

  16. Anton Markin December 14, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks for this video. Please write down model of TelePrompTer on 3:59. It’s hard for me to understand because of pronunciation. Thank you one more time

  17. Michael Fuchs December 14, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Haha to be honest I really remember that I didn't watch the specialisation video because of its strange title! Now I watched it and to be honest the (really enjoyable!) video really deserves a better title 😀

  18. Kit Complete December 14, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Hey part 3! Great series! I had a thought on success/view count. I heard Sara Dietschy say she does “one for them then one for me”. Meaning she’ll make one video like a gear review or something like that that she knows her audience will like, then she does one video that’s more for her, a passion project.

  19. Leo Sanidad December 14, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Well said Andrew. Everything said explains why I subscribe to channels and unsubscribe from others. Started watching some of your X-T2 reviews cuz I was interested in getting one, really liked your personality and what you had to say. After watching your other none gear related videos, really enjoyed what you had to say and show us, and then I subscribed.

  20. LEXPIX December 15, 2018 at 12:38 am

    Great advice and well presented.

  21. John Branch IV Photography December 15, 2018 at 1:10 am

    These are actually really awesome tips! As someone who really started concentrating more on YouTube and in the realm of photography these tips are SUPER helpful. Thanks for all of your tips and wisdom from your years of Youtube.

  22. Lee Zavitz December 15, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Nailed it!

  23. White Wulfe December 15, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Definitely some great tips!

    Even though I honestly can't recall what got me to subscribe in the first place, I do know your channel came up as a resort of doing research on Fuji gear, and even though I've yet to purchase any Fuji gear (although that X100F is miiiighty tempting, especially a full spectrum modified one (and then have filters to do traditional visual, 590nm, or 720nm infrared photography)). I'll playfully say I stuck around for the motorcycle photography, and the various journeys and duels ^_^;;;

    As for the adventure videos… Those were a blast to watch along with, especially the most recent one, where you went with a hip holster for one of the cameras… That kind of thinking made me go "huh, my biggest complaint right now is my current sling pack takes forever to get the camera out"… And then made me contemplate bags such as the Wotancraft Trooper – okay, there were reviews too, but that adventure video was several months before those reviews were seen ^_^;;;;

  24. Peter A December 15, 2018 at 5:30 am

    I really enjoy early starters in youtube who don't have a 100K + following but have some serious value to share. Often they are apologetic about their lack of 'polish' but really this same lack of polish often underlines a sincerity which makes the viewing somehow more appealing. You mocked yourself showing an early clip of yourself – but what I saw was an honest and thoughtful personal opinion being delivered in 'unpolished' fashion.

    The highest rating youtube photography channels are populated by very poor photographers and people who yell inanities and too much BS at innocents seeking some help – you dont need to follow that well trodden path.

    btw – I am sure I am not alone in saying to you how much I respect I have for people like yourself who commit so much energy and time in sharing – thanks.

  25. jae rose December 15, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Good work!!! Spreading positive vibes!! Been waiting for this last installment which is perfect for when I launch my new youtube channel next month, on the thing you said is not a great idea…street photography hahaha. But I'm passionate about it and I think you and other people will enjoy my personal spin on the topic.

  26. V4D2 December 15, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    this was slick, Andrew!
    And when you’re not being as smooth and fluid as you want, you can always edit ! which you did.
    Ehrr…nice edit ! hehehe. 😛
    On a personal note, I definitely need to get that Efficiency note you gave, going.. in order to get MY channel going.

  27. V4D2 December 15, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    holy hell, i can’t believe you didn’t get traction on…what in fact is… one of your best videos..
    oh…btw ..
    Constructive criticism on that one that i had noticed but didn’t get around to tell you about :
    When you leave the camera on the side of the road, and wonder off, accelerating into the sunset, Lucky Luke style..hehe… give it full gas, and gear up all the way.
    Don’t slow down before you get to a distance where you’re able to cut the tape-roll.
    If you do…we will get the idea that you just left the camera there and filmed for a couple of seconds before you slowed down again, in order to come back and pick up the camera.. 😛
    Do you know what i mean ??

  28. Lenard Stipkovic December 16, 2018 at 11:13 am

    15:06 – I love how you responded! I would like to see more of that, actually. ;3

    Some great tips, thank you for making this whole series. It was a definitive push for starting my own channel.

  29. Aaron Rebarchek December 16, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    ❤️ such good advice Andrew! Thank you for taking the time and effort to put this together. Loved how you slipped in that older not so epic clip to show your own growth. And, I watched that one video that you said received low view, loved it. Any idea if one could pair an RX100 with the parrot? Or does it have to thread onto a larger lens from an interchangeable lens system?

  30. Verdoux007 December 17, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I've never understood that tribe creation thing when it comes to consumer brands. I have never used Sony cameras, but at the same time, I don't wish for them to fail either. My pictures will be just as shitty with a Sony camera as they are with a Canon camera.

  31. Curtis Watson December 18, 2018 at 12:13 am

    You brighten my day, buddy

  32. Graham Hemsley December 18, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Wow. This series is so helpful. I really wish more channels offered something like your unique combination of expertise, sincerity, and positive energy (or that I knew how to emulate it). Thank you for sharing this advice with us.

  33. theoldcameraguy December 19, 2018 at 3:51 am

    Found you through Matt Day’s recent video – Thanks for this series of videos. Your passion for delivering this information to help fledgling YouTubers like myself comes through with a sincerity that is lacking in some creators’ content. Thanks again for your generosity in sharing these insights.

  34. Mik Milman January 11, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Excellent advice

  35. Mik Milman January 11, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Curious how you've balanced making videos you want to make with the pressure of making videos you know will get the views.

  36. Scott Fenske January 21, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Lots of great info, will need to watch many times to absorb it all. Fantastic job!! Looking for motorcycle vid…

  37. Lemmispeak January 21, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    How did you know 😂

  38. Janet Cook January 22, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Great advice in not committing to topics. I thought it was The Thing to do. Don’t have to be perfect. That’s a relief! It is scary to put yourself out there. Thanks for your help. Maybe I will jump in. 😊

  39. Charlie Park March 29, 2019 at 8:25 am

    3:42 I need that XD2 XD

  40. filmismorefun May 5, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Just finished this three part series, and man, you're on the money with all the points. I've only been working on my channel for a year and a half, but I've found much of what you've said rings true already, only after 1k subscribers. In the beginning I really got hung up on the comparisons with numbers, and seeing other newer channel's subscribers far surpass mine, until I realized that while I can still improve my videos, quality wasn't the only determining factor. For example, I focus on analog and film photography, which I imagine it's going to really limit my growth (but I'm totally okay with that, because that's what interests me).
    These videos helped me feel validated in some ways remembering some of the struggles since starting haha, and reminding me we all experience this stuff.
    Also, I really think it's important how you propose that people research a topic thoroughly before releasing a video. I try to do this to the best of my ability, and think it is super underrated in the blog space. Thanks for the content.

    Quote: "Nobody wants your channel swag" 😂 😂 So true.

  41. Zulf Photography May 19, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Wow this got deep quickly. I'm happy you covered this in depth. Well done great video you earned a new sub. Am I likeable guys?

  42. Noealz - Rain Photographer June 5, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I'm really glad I got started with mine, even though it is kinda saturated already. But I am finding my own place with my style and hopefully grow

  43. The Shot LIFE Project June 9, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Your video is packed with your first rule.. value loaded. There is genuine love for doing what you’re doing

    Respect that 🤝

  44. Steve Miller Photo June 21, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Hello, new subscriber here, so I assuming your Andrew. Thanks for the help YouTube tips. I am a long time photogrraoher and short time YouTuber. I will enjoy checking out more of your content.

  45. Joey Adarkwah June 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm


  46. Tamtastix August 3, 2019 at 3:09 am

    so much useful tips! Thank you and keep up with the uploads!

  47. Joe Bonda September 16, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    This video series convinced me to start my channel. Thanks so much

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