Videographer & Photographer

drd1135

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SW Virginia
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Steve
The good news is that there will be employment for the new generation of photographer-like people. The bad news is that I have to watch more stupid videos. A bad picture is at least quick.
 
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Crsnydertx

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Houston, TX
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Chuck
The good news is that there will be employment for the new generation of photographer-like people. The bad news is that I have to watch more stupid vdieos. A bad picture is at least quick.

Steve, I hear you. I've been wading through a lot of videos to find the nuggets for instruction and inspiration. It's a time-consuming process....but as a visual learner, it's a price I'm willing to pay. Coupled with the great suggestions from John and Kin, I'm getting a better feel for what might work. We'll see!
 
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dalethorn

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I keep about 2500 video clips on my person (iPhone6+ and iPad Jr.) at all times. A few hundred are mine, a few hundred short clips from TV and movies - most of those with a memorable/poignant scene and dialog, several hundred music videos, a couple hundred instruction videos including the entire Luminous Landscape DVD Journal, and numerous miscellaneous clips. There's hardly a day goes by that one or more of these doesn't make a point, answer a question, illustrate a principle, or express an idea in a humorous way.
 

drd1135

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Location
SW Virginia
Real Name
Steve
wow. It's amazing how different we all are.
It's also amazing how civil this thread has been. :thumbsup: I think it's certainly related to learning styles and the way we process visual information. I use graphics all the time and when I teach it's all symbols and structures. Videos are different however in that they show a process evolving. If the subject is complex and has to be absorbed in detail, it's difficult to process the information in real time. When I do use video, it's slowed way down and frequently stopped. Of course, none of this has anything to do with the fact that I never watch video reviews, etc. Just a reader, I guess:coffee-79:.
 

Crsnydertx

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Houston, TX
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Chuck
As I approach my dotage (some would say I'm already there), I find my learning style has evolved - perhaps not for the better. There was a time I would try to figure out how to repair something without reference to manuals or other written materials. Then I turned to online step-by-step written instructions. Next, some folks started interspersing photos in their how-to-instructions. Now, people post YouTube videos showing the exact steps to take. When I Google a "how-to" question now, I immediately click on the videos option. Sad commentary...
 

drd1135

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Location
SW Virginia
Real Name
Steve
As I approach my dotage (some would say I'm already there), I find my learning style has evolved - perhaps not for the better. There was a time I would try to figure out how to repair something without reference to manuals or other written materials. Then I turned to online step-by-step written instructions. Next, some folks started interspersing photos in their how-to-instructions. Now, people post YouTube videos showing the exact steps to take. When I Google a "how-to" question now, I immediately click on the videos option. Sad commentary...

Not sad at all. Humans excel at processing visual information which is why there is such a large part of our brain devoted to it. Video tutorials are extremely useful exactly for tasks like repairs, e.g., changing the starter in a car. Video simply wasn't easy to deliver until the internet/Youtube came along.
 

Jock Elliott

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Troy, NY
As I approach my dotage (some would say I'm already there), I find my learning style has evolved - perhaps not for the better. There was a time I would try to figure out how to repair something without reference to manuals or other written materials. Then I turned to online step-by-step written instructions. Next, some folks started interspersing photos in their how-to-instructions. Now, people post YouTube videos showing the exact steps to take. When I Google a "how-to" question now, I immediately click on the videos option. Sad commentary...

Chuck,

Maybe not a sad commentary. The internet can be extremely useful, and concise visual information can clarify what to do or what not to do. I once solved a problem for a computer company (they were having a very high failure-on-installation rate with one of their pieces of gear) by writing a profusely illustrated installation guide. This was before the internet.

Today, I have solved a number of problems using information, including videos, off the internet.

Unfortunately, the barrier to entry on the internet is extremely low, which opens the door for bad information, open fraud, pranks, etc., at virtually no cost to the person perpetrating them.

I have just dipped my toe into a book by Charles Seife, entitled Virtual Unreality -- just because the internet told you, how do you know it's true? That promises to be a must-read for anyone who uses the internet.

Cheers, Jock
 
For people trying to quickly learn a new piece of software or new skill (i.e., video lighting) I often recommend subscribing to Linda.com. It's ~$30 per month. The videos are typically good quality and well organized.

I'll sometimes subscribe for a month, watch all the videos that I can on a subject, and then cancel/pause my membership. When I think of all the time that I waste looking for good instructional videos on YouTube, it's worth the price.
 

gryphon1911

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Central Ohio, USA
Real Name
Andrew
one of the greatest things about the internet is the way in which it has allowed anyone with a cheap camera or a cel phone to be able to share video.

one of the worst things about the internet is the way in which it has allowed anyone with a cheap camera or a cel phone to be able to share video.

It's posts like this when I wish the forum software would allow me to select more than one Rating! :D
 

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