How I Captured the Photo on My Banner Image: I Was a Vulnerable Beginner and Had to Be a Beginner

Today’s video shows you the steps I had to take to get the photo on my channel’s banner image.

How I Took The Photo on my YouTube Banner Image

The Joby Gorilla pod is heavy for me, as a woman. Is this the case for you?

Trying to figure out what focal length to film, how to pan on a tripod, frame rates, etc. I realize that the cell phone is much easier to film on than the DSLR setup with the Joby Gorilla Pod.

My first vlog with the Nikon D7200 DSLR camera on the Joby Gorilla Pod. I didn’t bring my external monitor with me to the park because it added more weight. I had no idea if I was in focus or not when I am filming. Turns out I was in focus. I also figure out where to look into the camera lens by seeing my reflection in the lens and that lets me know where to look. I do wish this camera had a flip-out screen like the mirrorless cameras have like Sony and Canon.

I don’t understand how photographers and cinematographers like Peter McKinnon and Matti Haapoja carry the whole setup around with their cameras and handheld tripods—and they film on a One-wheel? That’s amazing! I admire both of you. I can barely stand up straight here!

I show the Rode Video Micro vlogger kit for my Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max. 

I observe that the setup is basically the same for both setups: the cell phone and the DSLR, the tripod and the microphone and windscreen for the microphone. The image quality is the variable. 

I figure out that shooting cell phone footage is good for headshots, and that I can use the DSLR for B-roll shots.

I’m proud of myself for taking a risk and getting out to the park on the DSLR.

Sorry about the noise from the Chesterton, Indiana and Porter, Indiana trains! LOL! Tell the town to pay for the silencing systems for the Quiet Zones so that Sarathlete can get better audio with no train whistles in the background.

My Apple/Mac setup (iPhone, Cloud, Mac, iMovie) takes a lot longer to sync if I film a lot of footage on the iPhone. Syncing to the cloud takes forever for my computer. It’s awful. What about you? I have an old Mac from 2016 and maybe that’s why the transfer process is so slow.

Transferring video files from the SD Card on my Nikon D7200 DSLR to my Mac is MUCH faster than filming on the iPhone and waiting for the footage to sync, especially if you are ready to jump in and edit right away. I don’t have that option with iPhone footage unless I attempt to edit the footage directly on my iPhone. Yikes for me! Do you edit on your laptop or iPad or iPhone?

I’m shy and trying to build confidence and repetition with what I’m doing. Practice makes perfect. Taking baby steps and building confidence to vlog outside at the park was a big deal on 3/21/22. I was really proud of myself for being vulnerable and getting myself out there and putting this footage online to show that it’s ok to be a beginner. We all start somewhere.

And at the end you see me get take the photo that I have on my banner image on my YouTube channel. The money shot! That photo means so much for me because it represents the courage and bravery it took to get out there and try something new.

What a fun day this was!

Thank you for watching!


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How To Edit iPhone Videos In iMovie on Your Mac: Basic Tips For Beginners

In this video, we discuss how to edit iPhone videos in iMovie on your Mac. We cover basic tips for beginners, such as how to select the clips you want to edit, add transitions and titles, and adjust the length of your transitions between clips. We also offer advice on storage issues while editing and share some tips on how to keep users on YouTube engaged with your videos. Finally, we show you how to save and share your edited videos from iMovie to your desktop.  

You can use iMovie to do all sorts of fun things with your video clips. For example, you might want make a music video or film short stories that are just footage taken on an iPhone! We’ll show how easy it is when we talk about some editing tips in this lesson too–there’s nothing quite like cutting out those pesky dead spots where there isn’t any sound playing yet (it happens). As well as adding transitions at specific points throughout the project so everything feels more cohesive than before. 

Watch me edit my own video that I took on iphone with imovie.

This is for all of you who want to give your videos a more polished look and feel, but don’t have time or money to hire an expensive videographer! Here’s how: cut out every breath from start until finish (unless this part was supposed be longer), use keywords in descriptions so people search them up later when they’re looking through content online.

How to use titles in your video properly so that people who are listening can understand what you’re saying. There is a transition effect when changing clips, and if it’s too long the users will have trouble hearing or seeing how one clip ends before another begins which could make them feel frustrated with using YouTube as well as not being able to get any useful information from watching your content on their own time without interruption because of buffering issues caused by having slow internet speed during streaming.

If you’re unsure about a length for a transition, try to keep it relatively short so people don’t get bored of waiting and end up going off to do something else. Even 5-10 seconds is probably too long in most cases! You want to be sure that your viewers are kept engaged throughout the entirety of the video by providing interesting content and cuts that flow nicely into one another. 

It’s also important to keep in mind that if this is the first video you’re uploading, you’ll want make an effort to keep users on YouTube by including an endscreen with links to other videos or playlists on your channel. This will help increase watch time and encourage people to come back for more content like yours in the future.

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Thanks for hanging out with me today!