Lately, I’ve been thinking of new personal creative outlets to help get me through uh, less-than-fun times at work. I’ve been inspired by my friend Pablo who vlogs daily. He films, edits and uploads a 7–10 minute film with scenes of his life every day. He’s funny, encouraging and gives you look at what it’s like to be Pablo. It’s a ton of work — and he’s produced over 500 episodes — so I asked him to meet up recently to discuss how he goes about it, and how I might approach a vlog project that I’ve been thinking about. I asked who he liked to watch and he mentioned Casey Neistadt (whom I’d heard of), and Peter McKinnon, a photographer, whom I hadn’t heard of. I’ve been consuming their content like candy, and thrown into their lifestyle vlogs and other content are tutorials.
I’ve been learning so much lately because of being turned on to some new sources of tutorials.
As a photographer, I had to ditch my favorite photography software, Aperture, when Apple announced they would no longer develop it or support it. I switched to Lightroom, but made very little sincere effort to learn it.
I came across Peter McKinnon’s tutorial on why every photographer should use Lightroom. He shows how to use some of the basic tools in Lightroom in the Develop module. So, what do I do with the new knowledge?
I started practicing the steps he described in the tutorial on some pictures from last summer’s trip to Maui. Amazing results! Pictures that I loved the composition of, but felt so-so about the rest of the photo, now draw me in with their color and depth.
I came across another tutorial from Peter McKinnon on how to manage your Instagram as a photographer, and it recommended setting up a separate Instagram just for your photography and how to manage it to communicate a clear brand. So, what do I do with the new knowledge?
I set up an @weskrieselphoto Instagram account and posted some of my newly edited photos.
My point is not my new learning or my photography, my point is that these lessons are like treasure. New learning is like treasure. So, what do you do with treasure, like learning from tutorials online? This is free treasure, folks! Think of the new knowledge through the metaphor of treasure.
How do you bury your new knowledge?
How do you invest it?
How do you display it?
How do you lose it?
How do you frame it?
I’ve shared my strategy — immediate application into projects in my life. However, I think reaching out to thank the creators who shared the knowledge in the first place is another good step, which I will try today. Another good step is sharing the process (like Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work philosophy) with others to encourage them along their journey, so maybe I’ll consider screencasting some of my Lightroom learning journey along the way!