Videos

A YouTube Holiday 2017

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and you know what that means. It's time to go all in for the Christmas season! Like previous years, I would love to have the community come together and create yet another collaboration video. This is our annual chance to make something to be proud of and look back on for years to come. After all, isn't that what the holidays are about? It's important to preserve memories.

Getting featured in the collaboration is easy! All you need to do is record a short video of yourself (preferably less than 60 seconds in length) talking about one of the following:

  • A favorite holiday memory that's important to you
  • Something you would like to accomplish in 2018
  • One gift you are hoping for this holiday

As always, consistency is important. When recording your video, please keep the following in mind:

  • Videos recorded in portrait orientation will not be accepted
  • No background music is allowed, as I will be providing the soundtrack
  • Try to record in a quiet, distraction-free environment
  • 720p video is the minimum resolution, but 1080p is recommended
  • Do not include titles, lower-thirds or text of any kind

Once your clip is recorded, upload it to Dropbox (sign up for free here) and provide your download URL in the form below. If you need help with this, please feel free to ask. You can also last year's video to get an idea to expect from the final video.

Best of luck, everyone! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

IMPORTANT: All videos must be submitted by Wednesday, December 20.

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A YouTube Holiday 2016

Now that the holidays have arrived, it's time to start thinking about our third annual holiday collaboration video. Like last year, this is the community's chance to come together and make something to look back on and be proud of. But of course, this can only happen if we get enough participants. If you're interested, please continue reading.

Joining in on the collaboration is easy! All you have to do is record a short clip of yourself (preferably less than 60 seconds) and talk about one of the following:

  • A favorite memory of yours from 2016
  • One gift you are asking for this year
  • Something you would like to accomplish in 2017

Because consistency is important in this collaboration, please keep the following tips in mind:

  • Your video must be recorded in landscape orientation
  • No background music is allowed, as I will be providing the soundtrack
  • 720p video is the minimum resolution, but 1080p is recommended
  • Do not include titles, lower-thirds or text of any kind

Once your clip is recorded, upload it to Dropbox (sign up here) and provide your download URL in the form below. If you need help with this, please feel free to ask. You can also watch last year's video for reference of what to expect.

Good luck, everyone! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Important: The deadline for video submissions is Thursday, December 15.

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How to Create a Website in 5 Minutes or Less

Contrary to what some may think, creating a website doesn't have to be time consuming or difficult. It's actually very simple, provided you use the design platform that works best for you. Speaking from personal experience, I prefer Squarespace for a variety of reasons — which can actually be read about here. 

Squarespace is an all-in-one design and hosting platform that makes creating websites more about enjoying the experience and less about worrying whether you know how to code or not. And speaking of which, don't let the simple user interface fool you. Squarespace may appear basic, but it's actually capable at pulling off some very professional techniques. 

The setup process in building a website via Squarespace is incredibly quick. Requiring just a few minutes of your time, you'll be surprised at just how easy it really is. Of course, you're responsible for creating content that will populate your website, but getting the foundation in place is the part that's over before you know it. 

The video below walks you through everything you need to know, including how to choose a template and create your first blog post. Everything else is explained clearly on Squarespace's website, but I am happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have. You're always free to contact me here. 

If you do sign up with Squarespace, let me know and perhaps I'll showcase your website in a future video of mine!

Mastering Trick Photography and Special Effects

Digital photography is a creative interest that has endless possibilities. You may not even realize it, but the camera you currently own is capable at achieving some incredible effects. You just need to learn how to properly use your camera's manual controls, such as shutter speed and aperture.

Trick Photography and Special Effects is an excellent resource of information. Professional photographer Evan Sharboneau walks you through 9 hours of video tutorials on how to put your camera to the test. Also included is an eBook consisting of 300+ pages of the best photography tips and tricks. The following are just a few expert techniques you can learn:

  • Optical illusions
  • 360-degree panaromas
  • Effective freeze frames
  • Beautiful nature shots

Selling for just $77, you also get instant access to a few bonus eBooks that explain the basics of using an external flash, how to make use of filters, and more. Like most products I feature on my site, Trick Photography and Special Effects includes a 60-day money-back guarantee. Click here to get started. 

How to Become an iPad Expert

Since originally releasing in April 2010, the iPad has quickly become the world's most popular tablet — and for good reason. Not only is it capable at accomplishing everyday tasks, but it has even replaced notebook computers for some users. Like it or hate it, Apple's tablet is here to stay.

What many users are missing out on, however, is the true potential of the iPad. This is especially true since Apple does not include a manual in the box, forcing their customers to go online and fend for themselves. Because the Internet is so vast, finding what you are looking for isn't always so easy. Wouldn't it be great if there was one place you could watch iPad tutorial videos and not be interuppted by noise? This is where iPad Video Lessons comes in.

iPad Pete, the main person behind iPad Video Lessons, has taken the time to record and publish over 100 videos pertaining to the iPad, its features and so much more. While many tutorial videos tend to apply to just beginners, this isn't the case with iPad Pete's collection. iPad Video Lessons includes tutorials for not only beginners, but advanced users as well.

Because there is so much content included, iPad Video Lessons retails for $97. However, that is discounted off the usual $147 price tag — so you would be getting a good deal if you decide to purchase. Your purchase also includes a 60-day money-back guarantee.

If you are interested in giving iPad Video Lessons a try, you can sign up here.