Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Creating Videos for YouTube, #IWSG Blog Hop

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IWSG Blog Hop---the first Wednesday of every Month.

Hello and welcome to the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog Hop! 

Always on the first Wednesday of the month.

What is the Insecure Writer's Support Group?

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The purpose of the group is 
* to share and encourage. 
* Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. 
* Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. 
*It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
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February 6 question -
Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?

While I do love to get lost in writing a great scene or brainstorming characters and their personalities, motives, emotions, I have a few other creative projects I love to play with--Photography and Creating Movies for YouTube  

1. Photography is my first love. I'm no pro at using my camera, but I DO love taking pictures with a "real" digital camera. One with an eyepiece and a zoom lens. Composing a fall scene in the lens, catching a goofy shot of my family, memorializing our travels via photo albums or catching that deceptive hummingbird flitting among the red impatiens baskets always give me a thrill. Unlike the good old days of film photography, the best part of picture taking is I can snap as many photos as I want at no expense to me and keep only the best shots.

Lowther Castle in England
2. I am no Steven Spielberg, but I do enjoy creating videos for my YouTube channel using my photography. "Creating" seems like a big word for dabbling in making videos using PowerPoint.

I must admit the process usually results in frustration for me when I can't put the video together as quickly as I had hoped, but I do enjoy sharing our travels with viewers. I like putting together book trailers for my books too. If you'd like to take a peek at some of my videos, please click here to visit my YouTube site. 

3. My latest fun creations, for me anyway, is live streaming via Facebook Live. The first few videos were definitely learning exercises. Bad lighting, sound, stuttering, forgetting to look at the camera. The great thing about FB Live is sharing it on Facebook of course, but also placing it on your YouTube channel so you can share it there and to all your social media outlets.  

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Have you dabbled in creating videos? What program(s) do you use in your movie-making? Do you have any tips on making videos? Share your YouTube URL with us so we can visit. 
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If you want to use free photos without requiring attribution when making your videos,
Click here to visit Pikwizard. It's a new site. Here's what their representative told me--"We have 100,000 completely free images on the site, over 20,000 of those are exclusive to us. We are also adding new images to our library daily and our ultimate goal is to get to more than 1 million images."

Thanks for visiting. Click here to visit more participants in this month's IWSG Blog Hop.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

My goal at aged 13 was to be an author and photographer! And I did both.

We do videos at Sci-fi cons, but I haven't attempted more. I should.

Diane Burton said...

I haven't tried to make my own videos. Good luck to you.

Helena Fairfax said...

I love your creativity, JQ, and I always enjoy your photos and videos on FB. Thanks for the tip about Pikwizard. I'm always looking for new photo sites. I'll check them out!

J.Q. Rose said...

That's great you were able to do your dream job. Sure, have fun with making videos. Supposedly videos keep viewers interest more than a photo.

J.Q. Rose said...

I was impressed with their clear, crisp photos, Helena. Thanks for stopping in!

Marsha said...

Hey, JQ. You're always so technological "there." LOL You have your own YouTube Channel? Need to pick your brain on this one. I, too, went to Pikwizard and "favorited" it. I usually use my own pics, but sometimes I need something else. Thanks. :)

Computer Tutor said...

I've been forced into video under my other hat--educator. It's the direction teaching is going so I am learning. I like how natural you are in your videos.

Melissa said...

My kids have had to make videos for high school assignments. I wouldn't know where to being. LOL

cleemckenzie said...

I love your creative outlets. Visual and exciting.

emaginette said...

As with most creative pursuits, it's all about the joy. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Raimey Gallant said...

You're so brave to do live videos! I don't think I would be very good at that. :)

Liza said...

I could have written your #1 myself! That's exactly how I feel when I go out with my camera. And, I have been known to set my camera up on a tripod and focus it on my hummingbird feeder. That has resulted in some of my favorite photos ever!

Olga Godim said...

Your extra creative outlets are fascinating. Many people do photography, but not so many create videos on Youtube and elsewhere. Do you make book trailers too? It might be a very useful skill for a writer's promotional struggles.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Love the photo of the castle!

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