British landscape photographer and YouTube personality Thomas Heaton came in for a bit of heat recently after he botched one of his latest videos that features Fujifilm's latest medium format camera, the GFX 50R. However, he didn't just get stick for that, so he decides to wipe the slate clean for 2019 by taking it all on the chin like the pro that he is.
It can't be easy being in the public eye all the time. One little slip and the masses descend like a vicious Mongolian horde. We see it all the time with famous celebs, but with the advent of the YouTuber/social media influencer, these brief falls from grace are a little more niche. Landscape photography YouTube vlogs are about as niche as one can get while still having a decent following, and Thomas Heaton is up there with the best of them with over 300K followers. But with 300K people following your work, it's no joke.
Naturally, anybody in that position will have their nay-sayers, critics, and, sometimes, outright trolls, so I really do feel for them. Sure, they might seem like they're living the life of Riley, with their sponsorship deals and spectacular destinations, but at the end of the day, they're one-person shows who are beholden to their contracts. It's a fickle game, social media, and the pressure one feels when one sees money coming in while being aware of the fact that it could disappear with the click of a button must be enormous at times. I'm not trying to excuse half-assed posts or some of the more disingenuous videos on YouTube, but I think it's good to take a balanced look at creators when they mess up. It is, after all, free content that we're consuming.
Which brings me to Heaton and the heat that he gets from some commenters. Heaton comes across as one of the most genuine creators on YouTube, but he still gets quite a bit of stick in the comments section on some of his videos. Some of it is valid — and being an honest person, he admits when he's wrong — but a lot of it is typically overboard for the YouTube community. Thankfully, he's a good sport about it, and responds in the best way one can in this situation. Have a look at the video if you want to put a smile on your face.