November 15, 2016 10:00 am
Over the last few creator showcases, we focussed specifically on Instagrammers. Each week, we feature a creator from our community and tap into their talent, knowledge, and tips to share with the rest of the community.
In our previous showcases, we featured Natasha Amar and Dan Rubin, both extremely talented and creative Instagrammers. Today’s edition, we engage Jonathan Ferreira
Jonathan is the creator of the award-winning Instagram page ByJono. Based in Cape Town South Africa, Jonathan shares his love for photography with images of everything from people, art beautiful landscapes, and buildings. Through his Instagram page, Jono aims to bring preppy pop-punk back to photography.
How long have you had your Instagram account for?
I think I started my account in late 2012 or early 2013… So roughly 3 years.
When did you start getting popular on Instagram?
It took a while for me to get my first 1000 but soon after I moved to Cape Town (in 2014) it started to grow a bit quicker.
What advice do you have for other influencers who want to improve their Instagram and grow their audience?
The trend in curation has been uploading in sets of three most recently. Three images that have some form of cohesion is a good idea. You can curate little stories in those sets of three/six/nine… I would just suggest not overworking your images (not graded too much) and make sure they’re in focus.
What camera do you use to capture your images?
For the majority of my images I was using a Nikon D7100 and recently I’ve been using a Nikon D500 (both have wireless transfer functionality which makes it easier to get images off the camera and onto your phone).
How often do you upload pictures on Instagram?
I try to be quite regular and upload as often as I can – at least once a day (when I travel it depends on reception). I used to upload 3x per day but eventually switched to just uploading all three at once (when the algorithm changed).
Are there any apps or equipment you would recommend to other Instagram users?
My favourite apps are VSCO and Lightroom. Other than that – the best camera you have is the one that is with you.
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November 8, 2016 1:18 pm
At Webfluential we constantly help our influencers improve their platforms and up the ante on the content they’re publishing. We’re also always on the lookout for the best apps, products and services that can take them from internet influencer to going viral.
With that in mind, we popped into the YouTube Space at 6 Pancras Road (a short walk from King’s Cross Station in London) to see what the new studio building offered creators producing content on Google’s video-sharing network.
There are nine YouTube spaces worldwide. Locations tend to be focused on areas where there are a large number of YouTubers who can then easily access the facilities. Apart from the London location there are also studios in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Mumbai and São Paulo. The London space isn’t new but recently moved to Pancras Road, making it the second-largest creator studio.
The YouTube Space is freely available to creators who have more than 10 000 subscriptions. For those still pushing to reach that number there are discussion sessions to share information around improving their channels. If you have more than 1 000 subs you can sign up on the website to attend these sessions.
On entering the space we were greeted by a giant screen showcasing some of the best YouTube talent in the UK. There’s an area where the discussion sessions are conducted, as well as a collection of booths designed to look like train seating. With prior booking, you can vlog in these spaces. In the common area you can also enjoy the Space Café where the resident barista makes the most fantastic lattes!
Top tip: Utilise this common area as a space to conduct informal meetings or catch up on emails.
The new London space is 20 000 square feet and has three soundproof studios that can be booked to film in. When we visited, two of them had been set up for filming; one had a custom-built set for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (yes, THAT Harry Potter movie). Eddie Redmayne had collaborated there with various creators on promotional material that should roll out on YouTube in the coming months.
The second set was a temporary design that’s done for holidays or special occasions. So every Halloween or Christmas, professional set designers are brought in to create a set for creators to use. We were lucky enough to be able to film on the Halloween set.
The largest studio has a Dolby Atmos 4K resolution screening option allowing creators to shoot in ultra-high-definition.
Utilising the tech and the support
The YouTube Space is more than just studio space. It also has a host of technology to help take your content to the next level. There are cameras able to live-stream direct to YouTube in 4K resolution, as well as 360-degree cameras, rigs, VR technology and two audio booths. (Webfluential’s roots are South African and it was great to see a fellow South African working in the audio department at the space!)
While there are numerous editing suites and select audio consoles available, you can also access some of the greatest minds in the business. Whether you need to improve lighting or audio, more than 20 employees with experience in their chosen fields are at hand to assist you with creating incredible pieces of content. They guide you without interfering and this ensures quality creations that are still in your distinct voice.
Supporting fellow creators
The key takeaway from our tour of the space is that growing a YouTube channel takes time and needs the support of fellow creators. And they don’t necessarily have to be other YouTubers; they could be the sound specialist or the lighting technician. Everyone in the space is keen to assist other creators to up their game. Even the walls promote creators — UK YouTubers are invited to submit their channel promotion posters and four are selected for the channel wall. A creator only needs 1 000 subscriptions (or more) to submit and it’s a great way to get their channel to a new audience.
Next to the space is a YouTube Creators Store that stocks branded products from some of YouTube’s biggest stars. The concept is to help build the profiles of these creators by sharing their merchandise. They have some great items so it’s definitely worth going there to shop.
Remember that one great piece of creative is all it takes to grab attention for your YouTube channel. So whether you’re attending a workshop or utilising the facilities, using one of the YouTube spaces is a must for budding YouTubers.
Also be sure to sign into your Webfluential account regularly to monitor your channel analytics, as well as any other social media promotion you do. Our influencer dashboard gives you all your insights in one place, allowing you to monitor the development of your channel and the conversion of viewers from other social platforms.
Click here to login to your dashboard now.
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November 2, 2016 9:22 am
During the next few editions of the creator showcase, our focus will be specifically on Instagrammers. We feature a creator from our community and tap into their talent, knowledge and tips to share with the rest of the community.
In our previous showcase, we featured one of Instagram’s first users, Dan Rubin. In today’s edition, we engage Natasha Amar.
Based in Dubai, Natasha left a finance career to pursue her dream of a career as a travel storyteller and photographer. Her Instagram account is a curation of well-crafted images capturing her adventures throughout the world. Whether she’s hiking through the fairytale landscapes of Cappadocia in Turkey or kayaking through the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand, her perspective is bound to infect you with the travel bug.
1. How long have you had your Instagram account for?
I’ve had my Instagram account since December 2012.
2. When did you start getting popular on Instagram?
My success with Instagram has been very gradual. I noticed that my page was growing at a faster rate when I started focusing on my photography and put in the time and effort to learn photography techniques as opposed to when I took photos with my old digital camera and phone.
3. What advice do you have for other influencers who want to improve their Instagram and grow their audience?
Ask yourself why you create. Do you just want to be famous? Do you want your feed to tell a story? Do you want it to be the go-to place for an audience that’s interested in a particular topic (hiking, fishing, footwear)? Once you find the answer to these questions, you get to the point where you can figure out the kind of feed you want to be known for and work towards making it the best it can be. Work on your craft- with the amount of knowledge that’s available online for free, there is no excuse for not learning basic photography techniques.
I find that the most interesting pages have a theme, interact with their audiences, and show personality. The least interesting ones are self-obsessed (think a selfie in every post) and lack creativity.
4. What camera do you use to capture your images?
I use a Sony A6000 for all of my photography including the images on my Instagram feed.
5. How often do you upload pictures on Instagram?
My feed is focussed on travel- in keeping with the theme of my travel blog TheBohoChica.com, so when I’m travelling, I post at least thrice a day. Some work campaigns have had me posting up to five times a day. When I’m back home, I try to post at least once a day.
6. Are there any apps or equipment you would recommend to other Instagram users?
I use Snapseed on my iPhone to quickly edit photos on the go for my Instagram feed. For Instagrammers who are looking to improve their craft and invest in a good camera, I can highly recommend the Sony A6000 mirrorless.
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