Outside or Bust

Man, I just realized I haven't posted anything on the blog since February!  I'm a really bad blogger... :)  I guess my drive for long-form writing has waned a bit as of late.  So, let's go to video instead.  I'm here today to announce my new YouTube channel, "Outside or Bust".   With it I hope to share my love for the outdoors, inspire others to get out, etc.  Forgive the quality of my early episodes, as I've never done much video work, so I'm slowly learning the ropes, both on the filming and editing sides.  That's actually partially why I'm doing this: to get myself trained up on video work, to expand my photography repertoire a bit.  I'm also trying to get more comfortable in front of the camera, hoping it will help me get over some of my anxiety over public speaking, etc.

My initial intent was to not launch this effort until I had a related website created, some more video work under my belt first so it'd look more polished, etc., but then last weekend I was out on a hike up in Cascade River State Park and I realized, "this is the kind of shit I want to share, so I should just start right here, right now." So I whipped out my point-n-shoot camera I had on me at the time and started clumsily recording video right there.  Right now I'm pretty much just filming in P mode, trying to focus more on getting my vlogging composition down, getting more comfortable in front of the camera, etc.  Also, without shooting in more advanced LOG profiles and such, I don't have to worry about color grading and such in post-processing, but can just focus more on getting my cuts right, etc. 

As of this evening, I now have two episodes down.  Here's the first, the one mentioned above in Cascade River State Park:

Not real impressive, I know (and the camera seemed to have some focusing issues in a couple spots), but they'll hopefully get better as I go along. :)  Here's the second episode, one I shot earlier today, just exploring a little bit of nature a few blocks away from my house in Minneapolis:

This one was obviously a bit longer, and I learned a key thing from this one: microphone direction (when using a mic on-camera) really matters when you have a bunch of background noise like traffic, airplanes, flowing water, etc.  All the bits with the camera pointed at me sound fine, but my narration on all the other parts sounds pretty muffled.  Like I said, I have a lot to learn...

Anyway, stay tuned.  Go ahead and subscribe on my YouTube channel if you wanna keep up, though I'll try to post here when I get new episodes up, too.  I also have a couple social media accounts tied to this: click here for Facebook and here for Twitter.  I have an Instagram account in waiting, too, but nothing on it yet; will share when it becomes active.