Me? A Millionaire?

I posted my first YouTube video on Micro Four Thirds Cameras in September 2011. It seemed an enjoyable thing to do and an outlet for my photographic experience.

I’d just seen a review of an Olympus Pen E-PL3 and bought one. I was fascinated by this jewel like camera with absurdly good image quality and the beginnings of a range of decent interchangeable lenses. I had a lot of ideas and thoughts about it and wanted to share them – where better than YouTube to do it?

Two and a half years and 40 odd videos later, I’ve just racked up my 1,000,000th hit. One million! And nearly 5,000 subscribers! I’m a minnow compared with some of the YT channels out there and certainly not big enough for Olympus or Panasonic to even answer my emails. Answer them? They don’t even acknowledge them. But 1,000,000 it seems a lot to me.

I’m not sure how it happened. Having got a good response to my first  video, I did another one. And it just went on from there. What I do that works I don’t know and I wouldn’t want to examine it too closely in case it went away. My only insight is something that I noticed  someone else, a man called Jack Tinker who was the Daily Mail’s theatre critic. I worked with him a few time and he was just one of those people that other people like.

His attitude to his work as a critic was obvious – he loved the theatre. He never got tired of going and he never got blasé. Everything he went to he hoped he would like. It gave his reviews a freshness and honesty. If he didn’t like something he’d say so (quite forthrightly) but always explain why so you knew it wasn’t said just for effect or to follow the crowd

I couldn’t compare myself to someone like Jack but I do have the same feeling about photography and in particular MFT equipment. It has renewed my enthusiasm for picture taking, something I lost for a while after I gave it up as a day job.  I hope it’s that enthusiasm that people like.

Its easy to take for granted the opportunities offered by modern technology. I can use the video capabilities of MFT cameras themselves to make videos about them. What use would that be without YouTube or its ilk to showcase them? I can take my pictures, process them and make any correction I wish on my computer at home.

I can write my little ‘The Panasonic G## Menu system simplified’ books on my computer, prepare the text in HTML and make an eBook out of it which I can then sell on Amazon Kindle. These are dazzling days.

So here I am, a millionaire. A million pounds or dollars or Euros would be nice but I’m not sure nicer.

Just to finish. I’m feeling pleased about my  relationship with ePhotozine. It should give me access to equipment that, other than buying it, I could never get to try. Tracey Jennings and Joshua Waller were the only people willing to answer my emails and I’m hoping that what is good for me may be of some use  to them too. Who knows, maybe I will get to 2,000,000 hits one of these days.

Then I won’t be a photo minnow any more, I’ll be a great big photo….er…sardine.

Tracey Jennings

 

 

16 thoughts on “Me? A Millionaire?

  1. Franco Bolli

    Hi David,

    When I switched from Nikon to MFT about 2 years ago, I cannot afford to switch to full frame, I never looked back. My then E-PM1 is now owned by Little A., my daughter and I have recently upgraded to the OMD E-M10 and a few prime lenses.
    At the same time I discovered your Youtube channel and I must say I simply love your reviews. They are honest and sometimes funny. So I am not at all surprised you are over 1.000.000 views. And no, I am not surprised Panasonic or Olympus don’t reply to you mails. Stupid of course as it represents a fair amount of possible customers.
    Kind regards,
    Franco

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    1. dt@dthorpe.net Post author

      Thanks for that Franco. Lucky daughter you have – being encouraged like that. But will you be able to keep her hands off your E-M10 and lenses 🙂

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  2. Kjell Olsson

    Hi David,

    You´re honest och modest – unusual qualities these days!

    I keep looking for new posts almost everyday 😉

    /Kjell

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    1. dt@dthorpe.net Post author

      I wish I could write a new one every day – thanks for the kind words.

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  3. John Kennan

    Hi David,

    I’ll echo the previous comments – all great reviews and really interesting blogs. You should do a book about your career maybe!
    I didn’t know about your Panasonic menu books until I read this blog and it was just what I needed. I was out last weekend with my Canon DSLR and GX7 and got some quite disappointing results with the GX7 partly because I’m a bit out of practice with it but also because I’ve never really grasped some of the menu settings.
    I had the official manual on my tablet but instead of wading through that I downloaded your menu book without leaving my chair in the garden and then spent 2 hours going through it with the camera and it now makes a lot more sense. Excellent! I’ve been struggling keeping the focus point where I want it but I now feel confident with it.

    Thanks again,

    John Kennan

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    1. dt@dthorpe.net Post author

      Thanks so much, John. It’s great to hear the book is useful. I’ve thought about some sort of book about my career, such as it was, but I’m not sure I have the attention span – or memory to do it.

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        1. dt@dthorpe.net Post author

          Wow, John, that makes me feel really proud! So should you be and you obviously have an eye for a picture which is, in the end the most important thing. I think the GX7 is probably then best all round camera for MFT and the 35-100 zoom one of the best zooms for it. So you have taste and an eye for e picture. No stopping you now.

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          1. John Kennan

            Ha, thanks David. That’s a compliment indeed from somebody with your background and experience. I do feel happy to use the GX7 as a main camera now it’s so good. The lenses are so good too.

  4. Gary

    David,

    Thanks a lot for the awesome Youtube videos. Many days ago I discovered your Micro 4/3 explanation video, and that to me really changed a lot of what I know and inspired me to become a better photographer (though I’m not a professional photographer, just a happy holiday travel photo snapper in which case the Micro 4/3 could be a thing to consider in a very near future as it seemed that it works very well in your case). I’m extremely glad to had discovered your videos and this web as well, there’s a lot of very inspiring content. I hope I will be able to see you personally someday.

    Cheers from Indonesia

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    1. dt@dthorpe.net Post author

      That’d be nice and how exotic to get greeting from Indonesia!Thanks Gary.

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  5. Mike

    I watched your review of the GH4 today. Another fantastic insight into the m43 universe; at least Panasonic’s corner of it any way. I also think I realise what it is about your videos that keeps me (and many others) wanting more. Are you familiar with Johnny Cash? It’s like the way he sings: It’s not raucous, or exciting, quite the opposite, in fact. But there’s this type of wit to it that’s a little enigmatic; at face value it’s a bit watered down, but you also get this feeling he knows something you don’t know and you’re dying to figure out what it is. There’s also that element that makes you feel like he’s singing/speaking directly to you. It’s all very genuine. Not easy to do. Your video narration imparts this same feeling.

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    1. dt@dthorpe.net Post author

      It’s interesting what you say because I can’t ‘find out’ about a camera, test it as such, all I can do is use it and then look at what I used it for, think about how I feel about it and write my script. But of course I do have a lot of experience of photography as anyone who does something for a living has of theirs, so everything comes through that filter – but also the part of me that just loves photography and cameras.

      I’m glad it comes across as genuine because it is genuine. Lots of people just set the video going and riff to camera but I prefer to write a script, which forces me to think about what I’m saying.

      Re Johnny Cash, yes, I’m a fan. He became a star but in fact was always first and foremost a great musician steeped in country music and his craft. It came across even in his most popular songs. And when he lost his way, he was lucky enough to work with someone who gave him confidence told him that all he had to do was go back to being Johnny Cash. The album he made before he died I find quite hard to listen to. Some of the voice had gone but the intensity and emotion was still there and it made you realise that that was what made him special.

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  6. Bob Fairbairn

    David,

    You have helped many of us understand how you have transitioned into the Micro 4/3rd’s camera systems and how you use the cameras for yourself. Your humor and honest evaluation of the systems for your use have given us great insight into how the cameras fit into a photographers world. Your video reviews are easy to understand and very “comfortable” in style. Please keep them coming.

    Someday I will be in the UK and I owe you at least a Pint for your kind support of this community!

    Cheers and Congratulations on your milestone. Looking forward to the next million!

    Bob

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    1. Phil Jones

      David
      As someone old enough to have shot a bit of film, I have found your blogs and YouTube films brilliant. Entertaining with a practical andl technical understanding from a real photographer. Your passion for the brilliant micro 4\3 kit now available shines through but on the basis of it being a great tool for taking pictures. Keep up the good work.
      Regards
      Phil

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      1. dt@dthorpe.net Post author

        Thanks Phil. Some years ago I photographed an American psychologist for a magazine and she remarked how lucky I was to do something I really loved for a living and – on top of that – have tax allowable toys!

        The ‘toys’ are even better these days even if they are no longer tax allowable for me.

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