Can You Use Your Talent and Acquired Skills for Good? Yes, You Can

Sam Kolder is one of the prolific YouTube creators who has gained viewership because of his editing skills, the transitions he is able to make, and style of narration and cutting footage to fit the story. In this video, he tells a story about animal conservation, and for any photographer or video producer, it should be inspiring and motivation to use your skills to do good. 

Even if it's not your main job and even if it's not something that will pay, it's the opportunity to really make a difference. Videos on YouTube are like books: if you publish, these videos will live for the foreseeable future, maybe even forever. Now, I know I might not get the sponsorship to fund these videos, but I will surely shoot some portraits of people to empower them and to give them something to be proud of and show others, directly or on social networks. 

I often shoot corporate portraits, but it's often of the people who don't need portraits, but want to update their profile online. Due to this video, I will now try build relationships with the receptionists or the cleaners, because I know these people might not get the opportunity to get their portrait taken unless I do so. 

So, the message this video is supposed to give you is to use your skills for good. Contribute in a positive way in whichever way you can. That's what we as members of the visual industries are able to do in a way no other can. 

One of our writers, Mike O'Leary, covered Rhino Poaching and wrote an article about it, and if you want to donate and become part of a cause for good, you can do so on VetPaw.

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Wouter is a portrait and street photographer based in Paris, France. He's originally from Cape Town, South Africa. He does image retouching for clients in the beauty and fashion industry and enjoys how technology makes new ways of photography possible.

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Thanks for this. Very well done although I don't know what the twins really contributed.I think we all should be using our cameras for God, or for Good if you don't have a God.My Aunty once told me that very good novel should be leading us to God. Quite profound really.

Eye candy, apparently.