Whether you're a travel vlogger, tutorial maestro, or short film director, using the right music can make or break your view count. Based on trends and recent successes, the specific shots and the overall personality you put into your video do not determine its success by themselves. One of the most crucial elements of your work is the music you use - choosing the right musical genre for the right video can make a world of difference.
Vlogging is hands down the most laborious and intricate video content you can create for YouTube right now. Frequency is important, as is the duration of the video (according to YouTube's favoring algorithms, the longer the better).
One of the best examples of a vlogger who recognized what his audience wanted and ran with it isCasey Neistat. This former HBO showrunner has solidified his trademark sound and beat so much so that people refer to this style of video as a Neistat-style vlog. Aspiring vloggers everywhere between the ages of twelve and thirty emulates the sameelectro-jazzhop-esque soundtrack.
For a little context, above is one of Casey's videos showcasing everything about his style, including its catchy, upbeat, lighthearted music. There are even videos and channels devoted to posting music inspired by and taken directly from Neistat's channel with the sole purpose of putting the songs in the hands of the viewers.
How do you establish something like this for your own channel? The music has to work well with your images and editing style. Also, editing and mixing your audio levels is essential. Check out our dense selection of electro-pop wavy soundscapeshere to start your brainstorming
An excellent way to put out video after video is to keep your camera and lighting setup ready to record. Luckily for us, instructional, on-camera tutorials are very popular. Whether you're cooking, building something, gaming, teaching photography, or learning how to make videos, you can make a tutorial. The key to any engaging tutorial is to maintain the viewer's full attention.
Usually, tutorials will feature one song as the intro and outro song - almost like opening credits to a television show. It's a good way to establish tone and consistency with your audience. They know what they're getting into and what to expect when the music starts playing. Usually something light and simple works best. It's best not to score your intro with harsh or disruptive sound.
Travel videos rose in popularity a few years back, and they're still a major source of traffic for blogs and Pinterest crowds. These types of videos are different in how they engage the viewer. Lending themselves more toward striking imagery than quick cuts and on-camera personalities, these videos usually feature music that is cinematic. Finding this kind of music doesn't have to be grueling. Our music selection offers a wide range of tempos and moods.
At PremiumBeat, and inShutterstock's own library, you can find entire genres dedicated to finding the perfect score.Finding the right song, especially one that is both epic and cinematic can take a little while. Don't be afraid to take your time; the right song can help your video go viral, so trust your gut - and your work.
No matter the size of your project, editing the trailer or promo has one purpose: capture the audience's attention. Finding the best bits that tell a story - while not giving anything away - is a nearly impossible job, but it can be done. The most successful trailers of the past few years have featured fast cuts, using as many shots as possible, and syncing with the beat of the soundtrack.
Because trailers are essentially advertisements, the song must appeal to your target demographic. Pay attention to popular trends, and take note of what people are listening to. You can see examples of this in the trailers for big-name projects like Stranger Things, Riverdale, or American Horror Story. Each story needs something to pique the interest of potential viewers.
For more insight into how to build your own personal YouTube channel, check out our past coverage:
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Right up there with buying a 50mm lens and the rule of thirds, probably one of the most thrown around recommendations in photography is photographing your subjects during golden hour. It is one of the most common times of day to see photographers out looking for images but it also comes with some interesting challenges that newer photographers may struggle with.
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In 1579, English sea captain Sir Francis Drake's ship was in need of major repairs. He steered the tattered Golden Hind into Drakes Bay on the Point Reyes peninsula. After making the necessary repairs to his ship, he nailed a brass plate to a tree claiming the land for the queen and sailed away. Today, that land represents one of the most wildlife-rich areas in the country.
Jutting 10 miles out into the Pacific Ocean, Point Reyes National Seashore sits just 30 miles north of the bustling activity of San Francisco. Yet when you sit on the cliffs of Drakes Bay, you feel like you have the place to yourself.
I first discovered this national treasure nearly 25 years ago. Needing a reprieve from the grind of my job in Silicon Valley, I spent the day hiking a popular trail at the north end of the park. Driving home, I remember saying to myself, How do I get to live in that magical place? The long commute made that dream impossible back then, but dreams do come true. Today I call Point Reyes home as I continue my career as a full-time wildlife photographer, writer and guide.
I moved here for one reason: the wildlife. Point Reyes boasts one of the greatest animal diversities of any national park in the country. Over 50 percent of North America's bird species and over 80 species of mammals have been documented here. That is a tremendous amount of wildlife assembled in 72,000 acres of land. As you pack your gear, don't forget your landscape lens. There is a magnificent scene around every curve in the road.
Wildlife At Point Reyes National Seashore
If you want to visit Point Reyes for a wildlife photography vacation, what animals will you most likely be able to photograph? Let's break it down.
Tule elk are native and endemic to California. Nowhere else in the world will you find these magnificent creatures. Approximately 500,000 roamed California before European settlers arrived. By the 1870s, they were all but gone. They hadn't been seen in several years before a land owner in central California found an extremely small herd on his property. Thankfully, protections were put in place and today California has around 5,000 roaming the state.
Where To Find Them. There are several places you can find and photograph tule elk in the park, the best being at Pierce Point Ranch in the far north section of the park. As you enter the Tule Elk Preserve, keep your eyes on both sides of the road. The elk often graze in the open pastures as you approach the ranch.
For a photographic experience with the elk on foot, from Pierce Point Ranch hike the Tomales Point Trail, where you will find spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay. Somewhere along the hike, you will run into the elk.
Best Times. All year, with the rut happening from September to December.
Northern elephant seals were hunted to near extinction by the late 1800s. History claims that a very small population was found in the 1880s, and the group was quickly shot by scientists to collect more information about the species. Luckily, protections were put in place, and the species has rebounded to a now-estimated 150,000 individuals. Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the only places in the world where you can see elephant seals give birth.
Where To Find Them. The best place to photograph the elephant seals is the Elephant Seal Overlook at Chimney Rock. A short, flat walk from the parking lot takes you to a cliff overlooking the main colony. Here you can shoot the males battling for breeding rights, females giving birth to their 80-pound pups, and hundreds of pups taking their first swim after all the adults have left for their migration.
Drakes Beach is another good location to find them. This year nearly a dozen individuals called this sanctuary home. Males fought daily over the small group of females present on the beach. Three pups were born here this year as well.
Best Times. Males arrive in December and females in January. By March only the pups remain. Adults return in July to molt and leave again in August.
One of the star attractions of the park is the gray whale. Reaching nearly 50 feet in length and weighing in around 35 tons, these massive sea animals have one of the most epic migrations on the planet, swimming over 10,000 miles round trip from Alaska to their breeding grounds in Mexico. They round the Point Reyes peninsula and come within meters of our shores.
Where To Find Them. The lighthouse is the best place to photograph gray whales. Walk the 0.4-mile paved trail from the parking lot to the viewing platform where whales are easily spotted. If you are feeling fit, take the 300 stairs down to the lighthouse itself. From there, you are nearly on top of the gray whales that hug the coast as they migrate past.
Best Times. The southern migration is best between November and February. The northern migration is March and April.
My personal favorite animal to photograph in the park is the bobcat. Nowhere else in the country do you have the same ability to photograph this incredible animal. Shy and elusive, yet confident and powerful, bobcats inhabit all corners of the park. No studies have been done on their populations here, but on any given day, with some patience, you have the opportunity to find North America's wildcat. With my guiding business, we see bobcats about 75 percent of the time we are in the park.
Where To Find Them. The short answer is anywhere. The challenge is spotting them. They have perfect camouflage and are wary of people. The best way to find them is with binoculars. Then sort out how to best position yourself for your photography.
As you drive or hike through the park, stop at any point where you have wide vistas. While bobcats are wary of people, they are most wary when they are approached by cars or by hikers. From a distance they move about the fields and on the trails with confidence. Scan the hillsides and the trail in front of you with your binoculars. Find a sit spot on top of a hill and set up your scope. Be patient and be persistent.
The hiking trails on which I have found the most bobcats are Bear Valley Trail, Abbotts Lagoon and Tomales Point Trail. I have also seen bobcats on the Earthquake Trail and Muddy Hollow Trail.
Driving to the lighthouse and to Pierce Point Ranch, use the pull-outs to scan the open pastures. Bobcats often hunt these gopher rich fields.
Best Times. All year.
Coyotes are one of the most heavily persecuted animals in the country. It is estimated that over 500,000 coyotes are killed each year, yet their resilience is incredible. Despite this persecution, there are more coyotes in America today than there have ever been in our history. Coyotes have lived on this land for more than a million years, and Point Reyes is a native home for them.
Coyotes hunt the open fields of Point Reyes every day. While they are extremely timid in most of the country where they have no protection, we are fortunate to have encounters with these beautiful animals on a daily basis. Their main prey is rodents. It is an incredibly exciting experience training your lens on a coyote as it creeps up on an unsuspecting gopher. When the moment is right, they leap into the air, smashing nose first into the ground under the weight of their entire body. After the crushing blow, the coyote snatches the gopher from its hole and enjoys a quick meal.
Where To Find Them. It is not hard to find a coyote in Point Reyes. You can find them hiking any of the many trails in the park and on all stretches of road, but put some effort into it. While you are likely to see them while driving, be sure to stop, get out and scan. The open fields are best viewed at elevation. Find them crossing the fields, then drive yourself to a position that gives you the best opportunity to photograph them.
Best Times. All year.
Point Reyes National Seashore is a birder's paradise. Over 50 percent of North America's birds have been documented here. Ten different owls, including the endangered northern spotted owl, and 20 different birds of prey, including four falcons, a dozen hawks and even golden and bald eagles have made the list. And there are enough ducks, loons, herons and shorebirds to make your head spin.
Where To Find Them. Bear Valley is a hotspot for warblers, woodpeckers, hummingbirds and owls.
Giacomini Wetlands was formerly a cattle pasture, and in 2008 the land was returned to wetlands, and the birds followed. Many species of ducks, rails, herons and egrets can be found here, as well as many birds of prey such as white-tailed kites and harriers. It is also the spot where I saw my first bald eagle in Point Reyes.
With beach, marshes and ponds, Limantour Beach is arguably the best birding spot in Point Reyes and home to an incredibly diverse number of bird species. It is also a good place to find the threatened snowy plover.
A recent hike to Abbotts Lagoon with a safari guest of mine netted over 20 species of birds in a 1.5-hour walk, including a peregrine falcon knocking a cormorant out of the sky. Two connecting lagoons ending at the ocean provide incredible habitat for a variety of birds. It is very common to see river otters in this area as well.
The trees at the lighthouse provide refuge for many migrating species. In high winds and poor visibility, the birds welcome the sight of the cypress trees protecting the walk to the lighthouse. From a platform you can scan the rocks for nesting common murres, brown pelicans, red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures. A pair of peregrine falcons nest near the lighthouse and are seen here regularly.
Best Times. All year, with the peak fall migration in late September and spring migration in April.
There is so much other wildlife in this amazing place. Badgers, river otters, sea lions, harbor seals, long tailed weasels the list goes on and on. I invite you to contact me through my website to discuss any particular animals you hope to find while visiting here.
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Daniel Dietrich is a full-time wildlife photographer living in Point Reyes, California. He owns and operates Point Reyes Safaris, a wildlife photography tour company. Visit his website at danieldietrichphotography.com.
The long anticipated replacement for the popular Rode VideoMic Pro is almost ready for shipping. The UK price of the upgraded VideoMic Pro+ will be 290 (approx. $350) when it goes on sale in mid-August.
The new version of the on-camera microphone will feature interchangeable power options with a supplied rechargeable lithium ion battery that can be replaced with AA cells. A USB port also allows the mic to be powered or recharged via an external battery pack. The mic will save power by shutting itself down when not in use, and Rode has improved the battery door handling so that it doesn't come off.
The company also says that it has improved digital noise reduction processes to reduce background interference and to enhance clarity for DSLR and mirrorless users.
The On-Camera Microphone You've Been Waiting For is Here: Meet the VideoMic Pro+
Pro-audio brand RDE Microphones is announcing a new addition to its best in market on-camera category - the VideoMic Pro+.
Announced at RDEShow 2017, Freedman Electronics 50th anniversary celebration, the VideoMic Pro+ is set to prove that RDE Microphones has yet again upped the game for the prosumer filmmaker.
Still with the best-in-class Rycote Lyre suspension system on board, the VideoMic Pro+ improves on the existing VideoMic Pro capsule/line tube and windshield, plus boasts a host of new features:
"The VideoMic Pro+ is a new benchmark in on-camera microphones," comments Damien Wilson, RDE and Freedman Group CEO. "We have listened to our customers and are delivering the microphone they've asked for, with features such as the built-in battery door, automatic power function and included Lithium-Ion Battery."
The VideoMic Pro+ ships with a 3.5mm TRS Cable, LB-1 Lithioum-Ion Rechargeable Battery and includes RDE's 10-year warranty and is now available at authorised RDE dealers. For more information please visit: www.rode.com/microphones/videomicproplus
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Thomas Shahan's tips for successful macro photography
Thomas Shahan is a macro photographer and artist from Tulsa Oklahoma who specializes in entomology and traditional relief printmaking.
Thomas's interest in macro photography began when he started watching jumping spiders in his backyard. After studying art at the University of Oklahoma, he left for Oregon to work in the Oregon Department of Agriculture's entomology lab. There, he worked as a digital imaging specialist, taking high magnification focus-stacked photographs and SEM images of arthropods - good practice for macro photography.
In this article, Thomas shares advice for successful closeup photography of bugs, insects and small animals. Click through for his top tips, and be sure to check out the video we made with Thomas recently, embedded at the bottom of each page.
All images by Thomas Shahan, used with permission.
Tip #1: Bugs are everywhere
Wolf Spider - sp, hogna, shot in Norman, Oklahoma using a Pentax 50mm F1.7, reversed on tubes at ~F16 equiv.
You don't need to travel to exotic locations to take pictures of bugs - they're everywhere. A few minutes spent turning over stones and logs in your back yard, or local park will reveal plenty of creepy-crawlies.
Bugs are most active in the middle of the day but they can be found at any time, even at night.
Tip #2: Learn about your subjects
A jumping spider - sp. psecas, shot in Peru with a Vivitar 55mm F2.8 at ~F10 equiv, on a 2x teleconverter.
Sure, to begin with you might just explore your yard and see what you come across, but the more you know about bugs and insects, the more likely you'll be able to find them, and get the shot that you want.
Perhaps you live in a part of the world where a certain species is particularly common. Perhaps the particular spider, or fly that you want to photograph only comes out at a certain time of the day, or likes to hang out in a particular kind of environment. The more you know, the better your chances of finding it, and getting a great shot.
Tip #3: You don't need expensive gear
We were using the Fujifilm GFX 50S for our recent shoot in Idaho, but you don't need such expensive equipment to get great macro shots. Thomas's usual setup (pictured here) is centered around a midrange Pentax DSLR, and a collection of second-hand lenses and extenders.
A newer camera with a good live view mode and a dedicated macro lens will certainly make life easier, but they're not essential to getting great shots.
Tip #4: Use diffused light
A bess beetle - sp. passalid, captured during our shoot at the Ketchum Bug Zoo, Idaho.
Many bugs, like this bess beetle are glossy, so try to shoot them under diffuse light, to avoid distracting 'hot spots' on their shells. Experiment with different kinds of diffusion material for both natural and flashlight.
Tip #5: Small apertures increase depth of field
A tarantula, captured during our shoot at the Ketchum Bug Zoo, Idaho.
Shooting at small apertures will give you more depth of field, meaning that more of your picture will be in focus. This is essential when taking pictures of very small insects and bugs, but also useful with larger animals, like this tarantula (shot at F10).
The downside of shooting at small apertures is that it cuts out a lot of light, so you should experiment with using flash as your main light source. A relatively low flash output should work in daylight and it won't scare away your subject.
Tip #6: Shoot Raw, at low ISOs
A bearded dragon, captured during our shoot at the Ketchum Bug Zoo, Idaho.
Shooting in Raw mode will let you get the best possible resolution out of your camera, and keeping your ISO sensitivity as low as possible means that you won't need to worry too much about noise levels. Shooting Raw also gives you a lot of scope for post-capture tonal adjustment.
Tip #7: Don't be afraid to crop
A bess beetle - sp. passalid, captured during our shoot at the Ketchum Bug Zoo, Idaho.
Don't worry if your lens can't focus super close - if you're working with a high megapixel camera, you can always crop in afterwards. This image of a bess beetle is a pretty heavy crop from the GFX 50S's 50MP sensor, but the output resolution is still very good, at around 15MP.
Tip #8: Focus manually
A jumping spider - sp. Habronattus americanus, shot in Oregon with a Vivitar 55mm F2.8 at ~F16 equiv, on a 2x teleconverter.
If you are working at very close distances, turn off AF and focus manually, then bracket focus by moving your camera slightly back and forth.
Tip #9: Experiment with color and contrast
Madagascar hissing cockroach - sp. gromphadorhina, captured during our shoot at the Ketchum Bug Zoo, Idaho.
Experiment with color and contrast. Simple colored backgrounds can be very effective. Here, a bright red piece of cardboard contrasts with the warm tones in the carapace of a Madagascar hissing cockroach.
Tip #10: Take a lot of pictures!
Horsefly - sp. Tabanus, shot in Tulsa OK with a Vivitar 55mm F2.8 at ~F10 equiv, on a 2x teleconverter.
Macro photography is fun, but it's tough - especially when it comes to flies and other small, fast-moving animals. Increase your odds of getting a great shot by taking lots of pictures!
Thomas Shahan's tips for successful macro photography
We recently spent a couple of days with Thomas down in Ketchum Idaho, to get a feel for how he approaches one of the most challenging kinds of photography there is - macro shots of bugs and small animals.
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Marietta Varga (previously featured) is a multi-talented Hungarian photographer and digital artist from Budapest who currently based in London, UK. Marietta captured her latest series Rawe Hill at the National Theatre of Great Britain, Barbican Estate, and the Alexandra Road Estate.
In my series called Raw Hill, I would like to draw attention to the characteristic, playful aesthetics and artistic value of brutalist architecture throughout my composed photographs.
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A round-up of all the cool stuff that happened at this year's event in Bonaire-plus the results of the competition
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The winners of the fourth annual International Drone Photography contest have been announced, organised and hosted by drone photography sharing site Dronestagram, and in partnership with National Geographic, with winning subjects ranging from vividly coloured fields in Provence to a water lily pond in Vietnam. Thousands of entries were submitted from everywhere in the world by talented professional photographers and amateur drone photo enthusiasts. Awards were given across a number of categories: Nature, Urban, People and (for the first time in the contest) Creativity.
1st Prize Winner Nature: Provence, summer trim by jcourtial
2nd Prize Winner Nature: Infinite Road to Transylvania by Calin Stan
3rd Prize Winner Nature: Ice formation by Florian
1st Prize Winner Category People: End of the line by Martin Sanchez
2nd Prize Winner Category People: Waterlily by helios1412
3rd Prize Winner Category People: La Vijanera by feelingmovie
1st Prize Winner Category Urban: Concrete Jungle by bachirm
2nd Prize Winner Category Urban: Dawn on Mercury Tower by alexeygo
3rd Prize Winner Category Urban: Peace by luckydron
Creativity: Two Moo by LukeMaximoBell
Creativity: Ugo le marin by rga
Creativity: Next Level By macareuxprod
The post The Stunning Winners of The 4th Annual International Drone Photography Contest appeared first on Photogrist Photography Magazine.
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I live in Anchorage, Alaska, and it's my home in location and in my heart. However, I have the wonderful opportunity to travel this world with my lovely bride. We travel a lot in the USA, and some internationally. When in the US, we travel a lot to state and national parks. Our passion is landscape and wildlife. I got serious about photography about 10 years ago, wading through lessons and tips from willing photographer friends. As time has progressed, I've managed to capture some of God's beautiful creation. I'm far from a "pro" but am passionate about it, and love to share these experiences.
Inspiration is something we all wrestle with as creatives. Where do our ideas come from? Why can't we simply come up with them on the fly? Why do we wake up at three o'clock in the morning with the perfect shoot planned out? How can we get more of these kinds of ideas? Let's look at a few things that I do to keep myself inspired and ready to create.
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