New Video Page…Can you help???

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: November 2, 2010

Category: Videos

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m rather partial to putting together and sharing videos showing ‘Behind the Scenes’ footage from recent photo shoots and Post Production using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Every video I’ve put together gets uploaded onto my YouTube and Vimeo Pages but ever since the wonderful folks over at Livebooks designed my new site I’ve wanted somehow to integrate them into that too.

Now I love video, I really do and I’m a big believer that over time, it will become much more important with regards to advertising, SEO and attracting clients; I mean who would have thought that a couple of years ago that we’d now be able to record and watch High Definition Video from something as small as a mobile phone???

Needless to say when Livebooks recently announced that they were now able to offer ‘video’ page upgrades I jumped at the chance and put the upgrade request in straight away; a request they fulfilled within 2 hours by the way and is now ‘live’ on the site.

This is probably stating the obvious but as a photographer it’s really important for clients to ‘like’ you and get a feel for how you work and think so another way that I’m looking to integrate video within the site is in the ‘About’ page with maybe snippets from photo shoots, editing and some kind of voice over/interview; the exact details I’m not 100% sure of at the moment but I’m working on it.

Can you help?
With around 40 videos now on my YouTube and Vimeo Pages at the time of writing this post, covering ‘Behind the Scenes’ footage and Post Production tutorials/walk throughs I wanted to ask your opinion on something…

Should I restrict the videos on my main website to being just those showing ‘Behind the Scenes’ footage from Photo Shoots or should I also include some of the Post Production ones too? If I do include some of the Post Production videos, should I restrict it to the ones that run at 2x speed showing the editing process from start to finish rather than the ‘instructional’ videos?

I’d really appreciate your thoughts on this so if you get the time or inclination feel free to let me know what you think using the comments section below or shout me out on Facebook and Twitter. In the mean time though you can check out the new video page over on my main website www.www.glyndewis.com

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26 Comments

  1. Keith Hammond

    I’m a believer in less is more so don’t flood it with all your vids, as good as they are I think you should have the ones that relate to your target audience.
    Show how much fun a studio shoot can be, that will cover models who want portfolio shots and also portrait clients.
    Show yourself working on food/ product shots to cover retail type clients.
    I don’t think you should show PS/LR work as clients will be more interested in the shooting and your blog followers know where they can find the tutorials.
    The right vids will show clients who Glyn is and what he is like to work with.
    I’m with you on video being a big part of the future, you’ll have to invest in a Red or something next.
    Try not to include any of Neals fishing vids as that may turn clients away ๎•

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    • Glyn

      @Keith…Thanks for such a great comment Keith; makes total sense and yeah I agree with you entirely.

      Cheers, Glyn

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  2. Francis Peacocke

    Glyn,
    To start I don’t know how you find the time for all of this but in saying that I hope you continue.
    Please do keep including the post production videos. I find them inspirational and they remind me what I can’t do in Photoshop. As for whether you include the 2x speed or the real time – I like and learn from the instructional real time versions but equally I can appreciate the effort and will happily view (and review) the 2x versions.

    Just keep doing it!

    Regards

    Francis

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    • Glyn

      @Francis…Absolutely no question…I’m here to stay mate…lol ๐Ÿ™‚
      I think the decision is that I’ll upload all the Behind the Scenes videos to the main website but all the other stuff like Photoshop/Editing tutorial etc… will all be on the blog; not forgttting that ‘all’ the videos are also on my YouTube and Vimeo pages too.

      Thanks for the kind words,
      All the best to you,
      Glyn ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. A.J. Wood

    Hey buddy,

    I’m of the opinion that just like you focused your photography, you should also narrow the scope of video work on your main website. You have the blog to expand on topics outside of your normal client stuff. I would showcase behind the scenes (to show expertise) and 2x speed for entertainment purposes. Leave the tutorials here for the folks that really enjoy them.

    cheers!

    – A.J.

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    • Glyn

      @A.J … Totally agree with you mate…makes perfect sense so thanks for the advice as always ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best wishes to you and yours,
      Glyn

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  4. Rick Wenner

    I agree with Keith that it’s best to keep your behind the scenes videos on the main website and tutorials elsewhere, such as the blog, YouTube and Vimeo pages. Your target audience will appreciate your personality more through the BTS videos and want to work with you from that and your talent of course. I think the tutorials are for a different audience. Love the addition to the website and looking forward to more videos!

    Rick.

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    • Glyn

      @Rick…Like your thinking mate and yeah it makes complete sense to keep the BTS and Tutorial videos separate.

      Thanks for taking the time to offer up your thoughts,
      All the best to you,
      Glyn

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  5. Neil

    I’m only going to re-iterate what everyone else has said really. I’d leave the instructional type videos for your blog. Lets face it potential clients will likely look at your blog also so they’ll always find their way to that content if they want to.

    I’d keep video on your site limited to more promotional stuff.

    That said, what do I know, I’m still creating my website!

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    • Glyn

      @Neal…Say no more mate; makes perfect sense..cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Shivakumar

    Behind the Scene over at the Videos section and all the tech stuff either the normal instructional one or the 2x speed both over in blogs only. As simple as it gets ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Shiv

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    • Glyn

      @Shiv…Consider it done ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for letting me know what you think mate,
      All the best to you,
      Glyn

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  7. Govind Vekaria

    Hi Glyn, I agree with Keith.

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    • Glyn

      Cheers Govind ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Noel

    Hi Glyn,
    the website is the portfolio, the blog is for discussion/teaching/experimenting, at least that is how I see it.
    As others have said, clients won’t be that interested in the behind the scenes, however much us photographers are!
    great videos by the way… as always…

    slainte
    Noel

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    • Glyn

      @Noel…Looking at other comments the overall impression is to include the ‘Behind the Scenes’ videos so potential clients see what I work like and get a feel for personality, experience etc.. whereas keep the instructional videos on the blog and YouTube/Vimeo.

      On a personal side, if I was a potential client I’d have to feel that I liked the photographer I was looking to work with so the BTS videos would be really helpful. These were always going to be included on the video page but the question was as to whether I should include the tutorial videos there too. Am I right that you don’t think video should be on the main site but should be kept to the blog only?

      Cheers,
      Glyn

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  9. Dan Davies

    I’m going to be controversial here and take the opposite position ….

    … Actually, no I’m not. Everyone else has made complete sense – so it just leaves me to confirm their sanity. Yes tutorials should remain on the blog whilst BTS has a place on both sites.

    Dan

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    • Glyn

      @Dan…Cheers for that mate ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Ian Baker

    I’m in total agreement here with everyone your BTS vids show how easy you are to work with & look great on the site.
    Your tutorials fit nicely on the blog posts altogether a great website easy to navigate & informative really great work ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Glyn

      @Ian…You’re a star mate; thanks for that ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. kelley

    I had a blast watching the videos and my fave is of course the out takes! LOL I needed that…

    Kelley

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    • Glyn

      @Kelley…Glad you like them because when it comes to me and videos…there’s always plenty of outtakes ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. kelley

    PS I also agree, BTS on the website, and tutorials on the blog. It seems a perfect fit!

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  13. SaveT

    Hi Glyn,

    Just to add to what has been said, I think one of the deciding factors has to be the target audience. I suspect that a lot of your blog readers are likely to be the people who would possibly attend your workshops, therefore, including videos on the blog of BTS and post production and photography lighting technique videos are going to give a flavour of how you work, your knowledge, and what sort of a person you are.

    For the main website, I suspect its likely to be the people who are looking to hire you, and therefore BTS videos are probably the main focus as opposed to post production videos.

    If you have a way of tracking what attracts your clients to your services, it might help identify which is the best area to concentrate your efforts on.

    I, and many of your readers, really appreciate all your generosity in sharing your knowledge. It all takes time and effort and as I have said before (on other comments) itโ€™s one of the best resources on the web. So my last observation is that you might consider prioritising the route that is likely to be best for your buisiness.

    Hope this helps
    Dave.

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    • Glyn

      @DaveT…Absolutely spot on mate, thanks.
      I use Analytics to track what clients look through mostly which is really helpful so it will interesting to monitor how the current video page is viewed.

      Thank you too for the really kind words. Sure the blog does take up alot of time but I really do enjoy it and get alot of satisfaction hearing people get something from it be it big or small ๐Ÿ™‚

      A BIG thank you for your continued support; I really do appreciate it mate! When we meet up…drinks are on me ๐Ÿ™‚

      All the very best to you,
      Glyn

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  14. Phillip Norgaard

    Hi Glyn, Keith has a point. Leave your instructional videos where people seek them – youtube and Vimeo and keep the BTS here on your blog – so your customers and photo friends can see, learn and enjoy what a great personality you are
    That’s it

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