I’ve been off to a great start this month taking new classes on Skillshare and amping up the educational videos I watch on YouTube. Now that I’ve gotten into video production and am so dedicated to create better, stronger content for the blog, I honestly cannot get enough of all of the learning tools and resources out there.
I’ll be doing a huge revamp of the resources page soon to better breakdown things I know everyone who reads here wants to learn. After my recent reader survey, I got a much better idea of things you all are interested in diving deeper into. Hint – resources and tools that I use to blog, work and live better were repeat offenders under what would you like to see more of.
So today, I’m giving a quick update on some things that I’m focusing on learning more about.
+ Video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro
Now that I’m finally making YouTube a thing (that honestly still feels weird to say) I want to learn all I can about video editing. Sitting down and editing my first few videos in iMovie was no easy feat. It took a lot of watching and rewatching YouTube videos and pacing around my apartment in frustration. I’ve been working my way through this Skillshare course on video editing in Adobe Premiere for beginners. It walks you through the entire program, and then breaks down how to achieve different things like color correcting or making titles. It’s about 3 and a half hours long and has been so helpful in getting me more comfortable with the program.
Realistically, I could have gone on using iMovie for a few more months. It’s very limiting, but definitely get’s the job done when it comes to a quick, and easy edit. But I’ve self-taught myself most Adobe programs, like Photoshop and Lightroom. So I knew that jumping into a more advanced program would work better for me than sticking with something that doesn’t do everything I need.
+ Photo Editing in Lightroom
Last year, I set a goal to make the majority of the photos I use on the blog original photos taken by yours truly. I absolutely did that and now about 90-95% of the photos on the blog are original. This year, I want to get even better at editing my photos and creating better workflows and processes for taking and editing photos. Lightroom is an amazing tool for batch editing and I really want to hone my use of the program this year.
+ How to Take Better Photo and Video
Before the editing step, there’s the shooting and filming step. I’ve gotten a lot better at photography and iPhoneography over the years but I’ve never taken a course. And filming is a whole new Wild Wild West. I’ve been reading up on the amazing photography posts on Blogging 4 Keeps to help with this and I’ve learned so much. I’m about to purchase my first DSLR (more on this later) so I want to make sure I really know how to flex any new tool I get.
+ The Best Tech Gear for Bloggers and YouTubers
Once I dive into something, I truly go all in. I’ve been obsessed with learning all about how to thrive on YouTube and what tools the best creators are using these days. I am obsessed with two YouTube channels specifically: Think Media and Video Influencers. Sean Cannell, who runs both channels, is one of my new favorite content creators. I take page fulls of notes every time I watched him and he helped me figure out which camera I’m buying next.
+ Other Content Creators
I made a list of content creators within the lifestyle niche that I really admire and who produce content on the level I’m aiming for. Then I went down my list, one by one, and really started studying what seemed to work for them. What tools they use, which platforms they’re most active on, content styles and more. I jot different observations in my notebook as I see them and then plan to add them into a huge Google Doc. From there, when I evaluate what’s working and what else I’d like to try for my own brand, I have a list of ideal strategies and tactics to tap into. It’s a simple thing, but it’s also pretty powerful!