Failed You Tube Video Attempt

Snapshot_20150802_6One of my New Year’s resolutions is to start vlogging on You Tube.  Since school took up the first half of the year I was not able to do anything about it.  So today I decided to get going.  I have no idea how to use my DSLR camera to shoot videos, and I feel uncertain about using my phone to make quality videos, so I decided to start by using the camera that is built into my laptop.  I never used it before despite having thins pc since 2012.  I had to first download an application named Youcam by Cyberlink.

I am not quite ready for prime time.  I had an issue with lighting, so I definitely have to invest in some quality professional lighting for making videos.  Secondly, I need to take the time to really learn how to use Youcam.  If I appear confused in the screen cap above that is because I was.

Snapshot_20150802_1Thirdly, I need to get comfortable being in front of a camera to vlog.  I was self-conscious and could barely act natural.  That smile in the above screen cap looks so fake.   I also look stiff around the shoulders.  I was trying to make a video about my new hobby which is coloring in Adult coloring books.  I became fascinated with them after being introduced to Secret Garden by the All Souls Trilogy author Deborah Harkness on Facebook.  Since then I have been on the hunt for other adult coloring books and now have a nice stash of my own, along with new sets of colored pencils.


Snapshot_20150802_6Another thing that I need to do is schedule time for vlogging.  It really does take a lot of work.  Trying to video taping something, even a review of coloring books can take up a lot of your time.  After about 45 minutes of trying to give myself a quick lesson in how to use Youcam, get the lighting right and then figure out dialog I temporarily gave up.  I will be on vacation in two weeks.  Since it is a “staycation” I am going to use part of the time to get better acquainted with how to make quality You Tube videos.  I had better learn fast too since I sent off my application for graduate school last week for a January 2016 start.


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  1. Toby says:

    What are you talking about!!!???? You look great in those still shots. The lighting is perfect. Let me know when you go live – you already know that I’m a YouTube head!

    • Xenia says:

      Hi Toby!!!! Thank you, I can always count on you for encouragement. I bought a mirrorless camera last week and I am teaching myself how to use it. I really want to go live making You Tube videos this month, so stay tuned. I have so many things to vlog about.

    • Xenia says:

      Yes, I am going to grad school after all. It was my intention when I started to earn my PhD., and I know that if I don’t do it I will regret it. I am doing this for me. I have lots of support too from family and friends. Everyone keeps telling me to go for it.

      I am self conscious about even taking pictures, so trying to video tape myself felt weird. I spend a lot of time watching others on You Tube and those people look so natural and “polished”. I really want to get the hang of it all.

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