Using YouTube videos to show your photography

One of the reasons for writing this blog, other than to pander to my ego, is to start to draw a thread through the various bits and pieces of fractured connections I have put on the web over the last few years. That and to get people looking at my art site, obviously!

However, it’s not all about me – no really, it isn’t – I also want to share some of the activities I have found useful, and fun in being able to promote my work. One example that may not always spring to mind for the photographer or artist is the potential use of videos to provide an opportunity for people to see your work. What, I hear you say, how does that make sense? Well, in my case I am not talking about creating documentaries but rather a simple slideshow of related photographs which perhaps show a shared theme or tell a story.

By way of example, about a year ago I put together this video of some images taken with my Recesky camera that I described in an earlier post. This was quite easy to do using the intuitive, and free, Windows MovieMaker, and I was pleased with the result. See what you think.

One of biggest challenges in compiling such a video was identifying appropriate music to accompany the slideshow, while being very careful about copyright infringement. A quick search of the web shows that there are several sources for getting great royalty free music to use, and in my case I used ccMixter to locate a suitable track and then adjusted the slide transition timings in MoveMaker to meet with the music timings. I don’t think J.J Abrams has anything to fear from me, but it was fun learning something new and to enjoy a different method of artistic expression.

Why not give it a go?

~Richard

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