YouTube is an incredible resource for those seeking to learn about photography, with endless tutorials and discussions about gear. However, if you’ve ever been frustrated that more meaningful content doesn’t reach your feed, here’s how to go about fixing it.
Alex Kilbee of The Photographic Eye has put together a short video that explains how the algorithm works and what you can do to tune it to your advantage, helping you to discover content that is more engaging and meaningful, improving your viewing experience. To a degree, we’re each responsible for what YouTube presents us with because the algorithm is designed specifically to respond to the videos that we engage with, so moaning about the abundance of superficial content is partially our own fault. That can be addressed by deliberately seeking out videos that dig a little deeper, driven by a photographer’s passion for a subject rather than a search for clicks.
We’re all guilty of getting distracted when YouTube suggests a video of some small creature being insanely cute. We might enjoy that moment of indulgence, but giving in to YouTube’s efforts to tease will slowly dumb down your viewing experience, and being a little stricter with what you watch will be beneficial in the long term.
What other tips would you add to Kilbee’s suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.