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.