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Updates are forthcoming to this website!

Hey all,

This website has sadly been neglected for far too long. This is hopefully going to change. As I continue to write and produce content for Udemy, Kindle, and other platforms I am aiming this to be a portal to those particular platforms.

There are various reasons I have neglected this website. However, as I continue to produce content on other platforms this will be the best resource to get updates/deals on any course(s) I offer.

Please stay tuned to this website for any updates because the best deals will obviously originate from this website first!

For instance, my latest YouTube Tutorial series can be found here:

 

Eventually, I may need to do a complete overhaul of this website as the need may arise. Thank you for reading any of my articles on this website. I appreciate it!

Video Production – How to create your own online video course using free resources

Recently I have been tempted to take a course on MatadorU for Travel Video production. The main reason being is that I believe I can get better at this and the instruction at this website seems to be far above what many others seem to offer. However, it dawned on me that I probably didn’t even need to do this; I could in fact create my own video production course from freely available resources.

There is a plethora of excellent tutorials available on YouTube. Sure, you may have to wade through some of the bad channels to find some good examples from experienced people who know their craft. The channels I am going to point you to be what I consider to be some of the best around. Of course, I may have missed a few and if so please do let me know so I can add them to the list.

Now, of course you will not get the one on one feedback from a structured course but this should get you going to where you want to go. After you have practiced on your own you could then sign up for the MatadorU course to see how well you learned these concepts. The point that just about every channel and YouTuber seems to drive home is just use what you have available and not get bogged down by your lack of equipment or knowledge. Practice here is what seems to really make a good videographer above all else.

Below is a bunch of channels I have found useful in learning how to create better videos for just about any medium. You can translate this into your travel videos and also you could create a side business as a wedding photographer/videographer from what you may learn on these channels.

FilmRiot
The folks at FilmRiot are pretty hilarious. Using humor as a tool to help you learn is something that many youtubers don’t seem to realize is highly effective. Since these are film makers they don’t necessarily use the same techniques you would see if you were to become a full time travel photographer/videographer.
However, if you plan on making your travel videos with some flair and some extra bit of effort you will learn quite a lot from this channel. The equipment that they are reviewing now will probably be out of your price range if you are just starting out, however, these tools are certainly aspirational and would add quite a bit to your videos and cinematography.
Ultimately when you are creating travel videos you want to tell a story. These people will help you do just that; you may even want to script out some scenes while you are out and about and see how that goes. I am going through this channel and I learn quite a bit from them every day. Each day I just watch one or two videos and take notes to expand on what I have already learned. Eventually, I will be able to put these tools and techniques into practice to make some pretty interesting videos.
Definitely check these people out if you have the chance, it is time well worth spending.

https://www.youtube.com/user/filmriot

FilmSkills
This is yet another youtube channel that has some interesting tidbits to learn about making better videos. Many of their more recent videos seem to be teasers for their own courses on film making. That is all fine and well but you will be able to find a few good things to learn from these folks.

Going deeper into this channel is certainly a learning experience. The videos teach you how to do basic film skills and should get you started on your way to making some compelling travel films. Clearly if you have had no knowledge in the past about these sorts of things you will learn a couple items with each video. If however you already have a degree in filmmaking then you may not learn quite as much, although you may pick up a trick here and there.

The manner in which this channel teaches is pretty standard and there is nothing wrong with that, being too funny is distracting after a while. Overall the content in this youtube channel is certainly worth a giving it a go and you will be able to expand on your knowledge of how to create the perfect shot no matter where you may be filming.

https://www.youtube.com/user/FilmSchoolOnDVD

UglyMcGregor
This is an interesting title to a very interesting youtube channel that supplies quite valuable information to those wishing to up their video production skills. Clearly, you can see that the tips and tricks he provides are going to come in handy regardless of the genre you wish to record. Basically, you could learn more from this channel and some of the other channels combined than you could if you went to professional film school.

As a disclaimer I never did go to a film school so I have no idea if that is an accurate assessment but it just sounds good. However, with the amount of free information supplied by these various channels I am curious as to why anyone would go to a film school other than networking as many of these video tutorials seem all you need to learn.

If you are into using DSLR cameras than this channel will come in very handy as some of the tips and tricks mentioned and shown in this channel can be used to make your videos look outstanding. Later on I really hope to show the efforts of my work and to prove that my film skills have improved.

https://www.youtube.com/user/UglyMcGregor

Philip Bloom
The shots on this channel are beyond stunning. It is really fantastic work. That is why I listen to what the man has to say when he reviews products. Clearly, you can learn a lot from just watching his videos and seeing how they are edited together.

Product reviews on his channel are deep and show a depth of knowledge I really aspire to one day. It is apparent he puts a lot of effort into his craft and that is why you should subscribe and listen to what the man has to say on this subject.

https://www.youtube.com/user/philipbloom

Dave Dugdale – Learning DSLR
This channel is packed with tips on what else but learning the DSLR. It is most assured that you will be using a DSLR camera on your travels, or for whatever you wish to shoot later on in life. As opposed to just reading a blog post or reading the manual seeing someone go through the effort to help you learn the DSLR is quite good.

There are some other channels I could mention but honestly I think this blog post is getting a bit big and I have probably lost about half my readers already. Needless to say you can find out a lot by just using youtube. Should you bother creating your own video course? That really is up to you to be honest.

Learning from others is probably the only way to really learn anything. It is true that if you want to get better at anything you should practice it and with the amount of information supplied from the channels above it is clear you will have plenty to practice. Now, the next step is just to get out there and actually do it.

https://www.youtube.com/user/drumat5280

The argument for taking a structured class

These videos are all well and fine but they don’t give you immediate feedback. One of the benefits of taking an online course, or a in person classroom course is that you can get instant feedback. No youtube videos are going to be able to give you constructive criticism and unless you want to hear from know-it-all youtube commenters about how you should improve your videos you won’t get any immediate feedback.

That is one of the compelling reasons to take a course offered by MatadorU is that they can give you feedback on their assignments that they give out on a weekly basis. You can then go back and redo these assignments to see if you improved. This kind of feedback loop is what is going to help you become better at your craft, and as a result get more viewers and hence more revenue on your channel.

Now, creating some compelling images and a story would dramatically help you get more views. However, as many people don’t expect a huge budget on youtube you shouldn’t always try and impress your viewers with some flashy videos. It seems as though the best channels have a mixture of both low budget “real” films and some good travel videos with some great shots, good music, and good narration.

Ultimately what story do you want to tell? What is that you want your viewers to learn from you? That is going to get you to be more focused on what is in the content of your videos and by and large that will help you create better videos in the future.

There is something to be said of writing a script and telling a narrative over a bunch of B-Roll to give you the impression of something more “professional”, this is going to take time and honestly may not be something you want to do right off the bat. Do you really want to replicate what you see on the Travel Channel or even National Geographic? If so, then you may have to practice a lot at home before venturing out into the wild with your camera and your editing skills.

What I didn’t include was some classes or even books on screenwriting or even software to use when trying to come up with a story to tell. The reason for this was simply because I believe that this may be better suited for a blog post of its own. In the future I may very well review some books and pieces of software on this subject so be sure to keep a look out for that, it will be worth your time.

Quick Update…

Quick Update….

This is just a quick update. I haven’t maintained this website very well and I am truly sorry for that. Truthfully, I have been more concerned getting my clients work done then writing here. Even though I made a commitment to this blog early on I was worried that I wouldn’t keep up with it, and that ended up being what actually happened.

As far as my health is concerned I am doing well. I had a brief scare of skin cancer early in January but that turned out to be a weird mole growth on my leg. That is why I always wear sunscreen when out in the sun for long periods of time, at least from now on.

I do have some updates to this blog and I have been meaning to finish up those reviews of the books I started early on. That is what you can expect in the future. As well I will probably write a bit more about how to get fit as that is something I am always working on, everyday it is crucial to get some form of exercise.
This website has lost direction and I may change that in the future. I just need to decide what direction I want to take this website and then proceed forward. Hopefully, then I can be more focused on creating actionable and useful content that others will find valuable.

In the meantime I am busy working on various projects….

Where have I been?

To be honest I have not kept up to date with this blog as much as I have wanted. Personally this is just my own fault and my goal for my personal blog is still active and I hope to keep you all up to date with various aspects of my life and the various experiments or case studies I am working on.

In that regards I have decided to spin off my health related posts to a new blog, I have not decided on the domain name just yet but I can assure you it will not be an exact match domain that is a common term but rather a brandable domain name, this is on purpose as I don’t want to relate my personal health stories and possible struggles with any particular search term that would rather help others out.

As well I also decided to possibly create a financial blog, one that would be focused solely on the personal economy of an individual, essentially a guide on how to create a better financial future.

So in the next several posts I will update you on the creation of these blogs and there location. This separation will help better delineate between my various interests and possibly give me more focus and also more targeted traffic.

Finally, I have begun to work on my personal development project, which will be a series of Kindle books that should be able to help everyone who is struggling day to day. This should be a series for those who want to start a new business; later on I will include separate editions that will cover health and possibly also some schoolwork motivation.

So that is what I have been doing and this is where I think I should go in the future. You can see that this blog has started to evolve already; it may further change as I get guidance from those who have more experience than I do.

Upcoming posts

Okay so now that I have restarted by my blog I wanted to let you know what is coming along so that you may know and hopefully let other’s know.

Book Reviews:

  • Getting Things Done
  • The Four Hour Body
  • Unleash the Giant Within
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Health and Fitness Articles:

More articles on why we get fat, various fitness products reviewed, and some general news if something major should come up.

Technology:

  • Review of the Razor Naga mouse (possible??)
  • Review of Google Glass (if I am able to get one??)
  • Other reviews of anything that interests me

Anyways this is just a short post but some ideas that I have been floating around in my head and some articles I have already started so they should be on the way.

The Purpose of this Blog

The Purpose of this Blog

Many people start blogging without having any defined purpose. I would like to actually first create a purpose for this blog, a mission statement if you will, before I begin so I know what direction I should take it in the future. Unfortunately, I have started to blog and then over time I simply lost interest and then gave up. This time things are going to be a bit different.

Since this blog is essentially all about me then it should cover the things that I am interested in. If you happen to be interested in the same activities and hobbies then great, we will get along just great. However, I know since my interests are varied there will be some who come to this blog expecting it to conform to their idea of who I am. Don’t have any expectations.

My interests include but are not limited to the following:
•    Lifestyle Design
•    Books both technical and non-technical
•    Food both cooking it and eating it
•    Movies of all genres
•    Health and Fitness
•    Technology
•    Travel
•    Science
•    Economics and Business
I firmly believe in testing out theories touted by some of the more famous people. So in that regards I will probably be testing out several theories and products in this blog, that way you can determine if they have any merit or not. One such person who seems to write books that deserve to be tested is Tim Ferriss. That author, in case you don’t already know, is known for the “4 Hour” series of books namely the 4 Hour Work Week, The 4 Hour Body, and finally The 4 Hour Chef.

Of course over time I may branch out onto other websites if the need arises. However, for now this website will be a Hodge podge of various subjects. While many may argue that is just pure folly when it comes to on-page SEO, and they may be correct, this is just a personal project.

Any products mentioned or recommended on this website will either be in the testing phase by me or have been tested by me so there will be no false reviews or just a pure desire to get you to buy through my link. Unfortunately there are many people who simply don’t do their own product reviews and instead outsource this to people who really have no clue of the product they are testing.

In regards to blog comments you may leave a comment but if you don’t get published it is because of the following reasons:
•    You are not really adding anything of value and are just trying to get a backlink
•    You are trying to get a backlink by leaving your url clearly in the name field (that gets always deleted)
•    You are threatening me or insulting me in some manner
•    You are threatening or insulting another member who left a comment
•    You are just trying to be a jerk and be argumentative for the sake of being argumentative
So basically don’t be a jerk and you will see your comment displayed. It is not too difficult but sometimes people think that just because it is the Internet that they can get away with anything. It is sad that I should even have to mention this but I feel it is necessary to get off on the right foot.

Eventually I will have a Rolodex of the people/services I use on a regular basis. While I will most certainly be compensated for providing a link and or referral that should not dissuade you from thinking that there is any bias in my decision to put those services/people there. While other people may find it perfectly reasonable to make money off of services they have never used I abhor that idea and pledge I won’t give my readers that disservice.

Sometimes I get asked to do one on one consulting. At this time I don’t have anything set up to be able to do that on a regular basis. That may eventually change and when that does the service will be announced on this website with either a link to a separate website or a contact form to fill out.

Essentially I think that should cover just about everything. Over time this will of course evolve and change as my viewpoint on subjects and matters change. I am not a static person as my stance on certain matter changes over time as I begin to understand how systems work and how they all interact with each other.