YouTube Photography Question

I’ll start with another apology for not posting last Friday. I was out of the country visiting my daughter in France and had intended to post this from France. Unfortunately, technology is now so secure that I couldn’t gain access because I was in another country. All attempts to verify myself were met with a further request to verify my location because I wasn’t at home. What a mess.

Anyway, here’s the photo that I wanted to share with you together with a useful tip.

Twilight Landscape of Gummer's How in the Lake District
Twilight Landscape of Gummer’s How in the Lake District

I shot this using my Panasonic G9 and Leica 12-60 lens at 16mm. It’s a tripod-mounted shot at 0.8”, f/7.1 and ISO800. Whilst I shot it at ISO800 in low light, the image was as clean as a whistle when I zoomed in to 100% magnification.

The reason why is that I used the G9’s high-resolution mode. This produced an 80Mpixel RAW file where the image was over 10,000 pixels on the long edge. It appears the in-camera process to create the high-resolution RAW file also cleaned up the noise extremely effectively. It’s a tip that’s well worth remembering and could be useful.

Now to the other point of sharing this photo. I took it whilst filming my latest YouTube video looking at shooting landscape photography with a micro four thirds camera. You can watch the video on YouTube ( and it’s less than 10 minutes.

This video is something of a departure from my usual style of “how to” video. But the question I have is why do you watch YouTube photography videos, or if you don’t, why not?

If you have a moment to share your thoughts in the comments, I would be grateful.

I hope you like the photo and have a great weekend.

18 thoughts on “YouTube Photography Question

  1. I have noticed the same effect when using the hand held hi res mode on my em1.3, very clean and with the Oly IS I find I sometimes leave the tripod behind. By the way I invested in the Kase system following your tips and they are brilliant, so much more compact and manageable than my Lee 100 system, especially like the magnetic CP. nice image by the way 😉

  2. I watch videos for enjoyment and/or in order to learn something primarily around MFT and/or landscape work. However, if a video is unclear, full of distractions, or is just regurgitating the same old, same old – then it and its’ presenter soon get the boot.

  3. Dear Robin, I prefer reading a text to viewing a YouTube, but probably this is an age-related preferenze. Reading leaves the control to the reader: e.g. if I feel that a portion of the text is uninteresting I can skip it.

  4. Hi Robin: You provide such a lot to photographers that when you asked about why we watch you tube videos, I decided immediately I would respond. Although I am not a micro four thirds user (I shoot Fuji and Canon EOS R especially for multiple exposures), I really enjoyed your video. It had all the hallmarks of a Robin video – very clear information/explanation and a no nonsense approach. I really enjoyed seeing you in the field and talking about your set up. Showing what you captured immediately after shooting was great as was hearing what you had to say about the image. I realized that I was really enjoying the video (you really pulled me in) even though I had set out to watch as a little duty of repayment for all you have done in your newsletters and on your website. It occurred to me that you might need a different title for videos like these – rather than focusing on the type of camera but more on the techniques involved. Not quite sure how to explain this but the gist is I watched your video just as a photographer and not a G9 user and found myself really involved and learning. So, you may not see this video as a ‘how to’ but there was still lots of ‘instruction’. And that is why I typically watch you tube videos because I want to learn something (usually post processing). I also watch some photographers because I want my thinking to be challenged or expanded (Sean Tucker’s work is a good example of this) or because the videos are just so good (I love travel photography) and the voiceover is so interesting (Mitchell Kanashkevich – his latest video on loading boats to go to Iquito in Peru was fascinating). Just to round things out, I also drop in on Thomas Heaton and Simon Baxter every so often. They make lovely videos and I like to see how they are shooting scenes. If you continue with this in-the-filed video, I would like to hear your thinking – why you selected the scene, thoughts on composition, why you selected the lens you did plus other technical information etc. I’d also watch a follow up video in which you showed your processing. Again, it’s your thinking as well as your technical skill that would draw me in. I have wittered on a fair bit and I do hope you manage to get something useful from what I have said. Cheers, Janet


  5. Hi Robin, Much as I would like to watch some Videos, I find the sheer number of videos that I think might be worth watching overwhelming. So don’t watch many. Those I do watch are because I want to learn a specific thing that I haven’t been able to pick up by reading. I much prefer to read text, Then I can skim through to see if the article has what I want in it and if so, take my time. Videos to me are a passive learning tool (entertainment, like TV) whereas reading involves more of the reader and I tend to retain that information better. cheers Lee

  6. Youtube videos are an international club. Photography is one of three hobbies for me and I enjoy being able to tap the experience of professionals and more experienced amateurs. I follow your videos – not all – because after purchasing and reading a number of your books I have learned to trust your judgment and appreciate your ability to communicate. The Panasonic G9 and Leica 12-60 lens are on my Lottery List!

    Cheers Duncan

  7. I do watch. Now, when you talk about image quality, and try to show it in the video, I pretty much have to believe you, because the image quality of the video is low for obvious reasons. But I have no problems believing you on that. The short video was entertaining, particularly watching you go up the hill while I comfortably sit on my couch watching, and I have learned a few things I did not know.

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