Vlogging is a common marketing tool or additional creative outlet for many photographers, and perhaps for none more so than landscape photographers. In this video, cinematographer and photographer Mikey McManus takes a more objective approach to analyzing a landscape photography vlog.
Here, McManus uses a particular comment about b-roll on a video by landscape photography vlogger Gary Norman to illustrate why it might be worth considering just how difficult it is to film a video alone in the wilderness before reacting negatively. He uses his knowledge of narrative formulas and practical experience to break down the possible reasons for the perceived lack of variation in styles of these YouTube videos.
With the wealth of landscape photography vlogs on YouTube today, one would think that there would be many alternative approaches, but on reflection, they all come across as being quite similar to one another — one might say formulaic. Formulaic, however, has a negative connotation, implying that they are unoriginal. But as McManus rightly points out: what else are they supposed to do? The difference has to come from the creator's ideas, opinions, and personality. Indeed, the rest is just filler. To use an Irish idiom: it's easy to be a "hurler in the ditch" rather than put yourself out there.
What about our readers? Do you have issues with the use of b-roll in landscape photography vlogs?