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Just a question for discussion. I am always surfing youtube for info. My question is simple. Regarding Fujifilm who do you either trust or am most 

inspired by?

 

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There are a few guys I regard as both knowledgeable and friendly toward Fujifilm gear. Theora Apophosis, Omar Gonzales, Bigheadtaco, Three Blindmen and an Elephant, and the Fuji Guys all come to mind. Of those, Ken Wheeler (Theora Apophosis) stands out for me with his technical acumen, and he has even written an ebook on Fujifilm gear. He is not palatable to everyone, as he is very blunt, and not apologetic for it. 

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My shortlist: Chris and Jordan from DPReview, bigheadtaco, Denae & Andrew, Dustin Abbott, Ted Forbes (Art of...) and grandmaster Hugh Brownstone (3bmep). For inspiration I turn to Ted Vieira... not so short list after all and the common denominator is that they refrain from "awesome", "epic" and "I have more gear than God"... 😉 adding Gordon Laing to my long list...

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Theoria Apothasis.  The Angry Photographer.  Down to earth.  No BS.  No affiliate links so he doesn't have a horse in the race.  Tells it like it is.  Now, for entertainment:  Bigheadtaco, Omar.  I can't stand the sound of or the look of Deanne and Andrew.  Ugh. 

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I think it’s a tough ask. I take each with a grain or sometimes a block of salt.

I’ve produced videos and know it’s a ton of work and when it comes to someone doing it for their income... it changes everything.

 Plus in todays internet, I think business knows how to protect their products with hidden sponsorships, articles and with comments, down votes and customer reviews from employees acting/pretending to be normal users. 

My thoughts in no order:

 

Gordon Laing - for a long time I’ve felt he was honest in evaluations and I like his consistency in testing. Dislike his newer dummied down rating system.

 

Theoria Apothasis - has vast experience and equipment, not sponsored publicly or hidden.  But I’ve stopped watching because I’ve also grown extremely tiered of his consistently praising himself, then repeating it again and again and again in every video. The tidbits of “on topic” info. happen between long episodes of self praise. It’s exhausting and just not worth sitting through because it happens in every video. 

 

Kai W - entertainment. For me, he’s funny and original.

 

Maarten Heilbron and a few “others” I’ve gotten useful info from. Maarten’s a bit old school but I find him more educated then the others.

 

Pal2tech - Comes to mind but I think there are a great deal of regurgitated reviewers like him that offer repacked info they pull from others work and give bad and clueless advice to people who need real help.  I realized what he was doing after viewing others content and then his, plus his thoughtless bad advice on multiple topics told me he was actually a danger to people. Those poor folks didn’t know that what he was advising them to do was actually bad advice and showed his  inexperience. I have no interest for players.

 

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I don't trust any of them, either they are just commercial interests or they are the usual self-portrayals who smugly want to entertain themselves and the rest of the world with their personal opinions and maybe make money doing it.

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My God this was eye opening. I just so happened to be one of those YouTubers. I try my best to be as objective as possible in my reviews but must admit that to survive on YouTube and actually make it on the platform, Youtubers eventually get too tempted by affiliate links and the like. As a person doing this from the other side I would strongly advise all of you to not expect a whole bunch of objectivity from a YouTuber with a great deal of success. Why? Well basically all YouTubers start with good intention and realize at one point that giving away info does not pay the bills. If the Youtuber is paying the bills really well? . . . You do the math.  I am not offering an excuse for us, I am just making the observation. Also, just putting this out there, look for videos about the process and less about the gear. When I look at my stats and see that my video on gear has gotten 20,000 views and my video about a natural light photo shoot with the X-T3 has only gotten 400 views. . .  You can guess what the next video is going to be about. You guys should not be looking at YouTube for your next gear choice and more as a way to be inspired and motivated to go out and shoot. I will not change YouTube nor do I claim to have the best channel out there but the answer to this question all depends on what you want to get out of the channel. Cheers....Now go out and shoot!  

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Interesting note. Thank you.  I started my own YouTube channel on photography - especially travel and landscape but I've yet to garner anything but immediate family and close friends (pity followers). LOL

Good Luck!!

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On 5/30/2020 at 5:52 PM, jlmphotos said:

I started my own YouTube channel on photography - especially travel and landscape but I've yet to garner anything but immediate family and close friends (pity followers).

You should rather use the time you have left for more valuable things than to run a YouTube channel. Apart from that, the work is extremely time-consuming and nerve-wracking. If you are seriously interested in videography, I recommend investing in a good video camera and recording for you and your family what moves you the most. It's completely irrational to share anything and everything with the rest of the world, just to impress people you don't know at all. Most of the time it ends with the fact that their judgement is obviously so limited that one can very well do without their criticism.

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HA!  I really don't post much which some folks tell me that's the issue. Honestly, I think I suck at it.  I do enjoy teaching -- something I do quite often at local clubs, and at the high school(s)

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2 hours ago, jlmphotos said:

I do enjoy teaching -- something I do quite often at local clubs, and at the high school(s).

I think this is a much better way to interact with people with a certain topic or subject. So you can answer any questions much more targeted and also show practical solutions. Some things can also be discussed more easily and openly. ^_^

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I personally hate watching videos. I much prefer a well-structured text document, with illustrations / photos when needed.

(Don't like watching TV either ... give me a newspaper or a good book please).

So I don't really trust the opinions of any "Youtubers", since I don't watch them.

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