Starting a Youtube Channel

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Well, I have actually started a Youtube Channel people.

I have been meaning to do this for a long time, but the truth is, I have either been busy or just plain lazy to do it. Now that I have a creative slot free seeing that I am technically just waiting to graduate from University, I decided to go for it.

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I would like to create photography related content that is aimed at mums who happen to be photographers aka ‘Mumtographer’. I have searched on Youtube and I haven’t come across such a channel. Unless I wasn’t looking hard enough.

According to the Urban Dictionary, the meaning of ‘Mumtographer’ is

Usually a stay-at-home mom who buys a camera from Amazon, teaches herself the basics of Photoshop and starts her own “photography company”. (side note, changed Best Buy to Amazon)

Well, I am a stay-at-home mum, I have several cameras and I am self-taught with an additional bonus of doing a degree in photography. So, I would say I qualify, no?

Anyway, the whole reason of creating my channel is that I just want to share my experiences on how I go about being a mum of two and still find time to be creative as a photographer. Hopefully, what I put out there will help other mums too.

I won’t lie to you and say it is going to be easy. I created the channel in September 2016 and it has taken me at least 6 months to upload my first video.  Hurdle number one done!

Now to conquer the next hurdle called CONSISTENCY. Wish me luck!

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” — Scott Belsky, Behance co-founder.

Confession Time

Well, to be honest, this is my third channel. The first one I started I cannot get access to as it was created well before YouTube & Google merged. My second channel was created, well, to kind of make up the fact I could not get access to the first one, but the content was just random videos I shot and decided to share with the world.

Now, I want to do this seriously (pause) 😁.

Ok…here goes….

Attempt #3

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Tips on How I Archive My Work

My Western Digital hard drives

As a digital photographer, you will always end up with loads of photographs and videos over the years and in my case, around 8+ years worth. Unfortunately, one of my computers, an iMac, decided to call it a day and I cannot retrieve a whole library of my work, most of which wasn’t backed up. Yes, I can feel you cringing from way over there. That is a blog post for another day.

In this post, I am going to share a few tips on how I archive my work. A system that works for me, but might be helpful to someone out there. My methods may not be perfect, but it works and I can find my folders/files easily.

Tip #1 – External Hard Drives

Now that I haven’t got a desktop anymore, I work mostly on my MacBook Pro. My laptop hasn’t got much storage at 250GB with only 26GB left at the time of writing this. I try very hard not to let it drop below 20GB as it tends to slow down my machine. It’s an old laptop as well.

I digress.

Anyway, I have invested in hard drives. My favourite brand being Western Digital ‘My Passport’ hard drives. The key is to have several small capacity hard drives than saving all of your work in one large capacity hard drive. I tend to save my work on the current one that I am using and have another one to backup my work in. I am still looking for that third option to store my work as we all know how expensive it can be to invest in hard drives, cloud and data loss. So far, the best one I have come across in BackBlaze, which is a Cloud type of storage.

Tip #2 – USB Sticks / iCloud

I always have a pair of USBs with me in case I forget my hard drive, it gets full or simply stops working. This way I have an option readily available to save my work when out and about.

Current pair of USB sticks

For my phone, as I take a lot of images using my iPhone, I have invested in iCloud especially for storage for my images and videos. The thought of losing photographs of my children is just too painful.

I am now looking to go much further and invest in Backblaze Cloud storage solution I mentioned above. The peace of mind that your data is safe in case your computer is lost or stolen just makes it a worthy investment. And in the case this happens, they send you an encrypted hard drive of your backed up computer to restore depending on where you are in the world. This is at a cost of course. You can read all about it here.

Tip #3 – Creating Folders

For as long as I can remember, I have been creating folders for all my assignments, projects, etc. and I have always put them in a Master Folder. I have one for images and another for video.

The more I photograph, I have come to a realisation that I now need to categorise my folders into years and then months that I have now started dating my folders so when I decide to ‘spring clean’ my computer, I know exactly which folder goes where.

Tip #4 – Naming the Folders

For anyone, this is no brainer. You name your folder according to what the images or videos are. As mentioned in Tip #3, I have now started putting dates on my folders, e.g. EK13 Filmscans 010317 – my brand, what is in the folder and the date (day month year). And in the folder, I have an original folder for the DNG files and then a Final folder for finished edits. Depending on the project/job, I will have additional folders for Photoshop, Web, Social Media all in the ‘master’ folder for the particular project/job.

Tip #5 – Online Platforms

My current choice is Flickr, but this has turned out to be my final thought when I want to archive my pictures. With it changing over the years and the threat of it being discontinued, makes me not make it my priority to store my images, but worth a mention as I have some photographs that I lost from my desktop saved on Flickr. There are others out there like Picasa, but I am yet to try them.

Well, there you have it. My tips or should I say, ‘insider’ information on how I archive my images.

Care to share other ways I might want to look at when it comes to archiving or backing up data.

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5 Favourites from My Second Film Roll in 2017

My Canon AE-1

Well, what can I say, I am on a film roll.

Get it….film roll…on a roll…

Oh, forget it if you don’t get it. I am not one for telling jokes. 😂

Anyways, I took more pictures on my second Kodak ColorPlus 200 film soon after I finished the first one. Click here if you missed my post on the first roll of film.

It literally took me most of February to finish shooting with it. My kids and the weather played a big part in it, unlike the first film which took me two months.

I won’t bore you loads of words this time, as I am not feeling very well this week. I just wanted to keep the weekly post consistency in this blog going.

Photographs were taken between 01/02/2017 and 21/02/2017 with a Canon AE-1 using Kodak ColorPlus 200 film. The film was processed on 22/02/2017. Digitally scanned using the Epson Perfection V750 Pro on 01/03/2017. Editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Without much further ado…

Which is your favourite from this selection?

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5 Favourites from My First Film Roll in 2017

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First film roll of 2017

In this day and age of digital photography, you kind of get lost in the vast amount of photographs and videos we take on our mobile phones and digital cameras. I even saw an app by Iconocode called Thirty Six, that allows you to use iPhone limiting your picture taking decision to only 36 frames. Apparently, just like film, you never get to see what you have shot until you used up your 36 frames. I haven’t used the app yet to be honest. All I can say is that nothing beats holding an actual film camera, in my case a Canon AE-1, load it up with film and ‘playing’ around with it. Pressing that shutter button and pulling back the film winding lever to set up your film for the next shot just makes it more fun as you get to learn about film photography in ways you would never imagine. The greatest lesson of all, PATIENCE!

So, this year, I have made a conscious decision to shoot more film (insert another self-doubt moment here, followed by, how long can I keep it up for 😱 😬 ).

Anyway, I bought two rolls of the Kodak Colourplus for £2.50 each last year, but I got to finish one of the rolls last month. Last time I shot film, it was black and white and I am yet to see the results of that as I have to process it myself, which can be time-consuming when you haven’t got time to spare. Seeing as this was my first test roll in colour, this year at least, I thought I share some of my favourites as I am quite pleased with the results.

Photographs were taken between 30/11/2016 and 01/02/2017 with a Canon AE-1 using Kodak ColorPlus 200 film. The film was processed on 15/02/2017. Digitally scanned using the Epson Perfection V750 Pro on 22/02/2017. Editing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

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I will be sharing photographs from the second roll next week.

Which of the five is your favourite?

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