September 20, 2015
This week we’re going behind the scenes to look at the making of a weekly YouTube show.
It’s currently 4:30am as I write this, which is a pretty good representation of what it’s like to be a “YouTuber” (can I call myself that yet? if so, should I?). Writing throughout the week, plus Friday evening, most of Saturday and most of Sunday (including all night) for shooting and editing is what it took to put this video together. Anyway, it’s been almost a year since the last behind the scenes at DSLRguide and a lot has changed, so here’s how to do what I do:
THIS WEEK’S EPISODE OF DSLR GUIDE:
I figured I’d talk about making the blog post on the blog post.
Here’s an overview:
CONTENT: When I first started this blog (to celebrate reaching 1000 subscribers) the blog posts would simply have an embed link to the main episode, nothing extra. I gradually realised that no-one’s interested in rehashing the same content without adding something new. So now the blog posts have become ‘additional content’. It can be links to other videos that I mention in the main episode, or photos and text to explain things in more detail. The point is that it’s new content, not just the same thing you can find on my Twitter and Instagram.
HOSTING: I’ve built the site on WordPress, purchasing the domain & hosting from ‘JustHost’. I’m no expert at web design, but the layout for writing blog posts is fairly well thought out.
THE PROCESS: I add the thumbnail images (one at the top which has a drop shadow around it). Then I add a ‘Read More’ thing below those which is what will show up on the main blog. Next I type out any written content, be add images and YouTube videos, as well as embedding a tweet & instagram post from that week.
|Canon T3i Body||Canon T3i Body|
|Aputure VS-3 Monitor||Aputure VS-3 Monitor|
|Sachtler Ace Tripod||Sachtler Ace Tripod|
|Aputure HR 672S||Aputure HR 672S|
|Kupo C-Stand Kit||Kupo C-Stand|
More detail about making thumbnails:
HOW TO DO HANDWRITTEN TEXT:
I start by writing on a whiteboard in black marker.
Then I’ll take a photo with my phone, and bring it into the computer.
I use a negative filter and then adjust the shadows until there is no detail in the dark parts.
Finally I change the blend mode to ‘Screen’ so the shadows become transparent.
Those of you dedicated enough to get this far down the blog post get some insider’s information.. 10months ago when I made the video below, I estimated that I put 16hrs of work into each episode. These days, I’m lucky if I can get it done in 30hrs of solid work. Add that to my 30hrs spend in school, plus sleep… I’m grateful that I’m a teenager (low living costs, no family to look after) but it makes me wonder about people starting a YouTube channel when they’ve got a full time job and a family. Dang.
SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP
“you don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes.” – @austinkleon in How to Steal Like an Artist
— Simon Cade (@DSLRguidance) September 16, 2015
Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.