After a good nights rest, I was able to figure out a solution to my problem with my blog. I was vlogging off of the Fuji X-T30 , taking photos and nicer video off of the Fuji X-T3. The main issue was trying to shoot both photos and videos at the same time because they are different thought processes. If any one has tried to take both photos and videos, they will know the struggle. So I have decided to mainly focus on photography for the Blog and then Vlog. I wont be focusing on trying to create a video for each specific location that I could use in my blog, I will instead use my vlog for that video. I will use the X-T30 strictly for photography and then use the X-T3 for my vlog.
I do like this idea better because all of my video will be shot on the better camera and both cameras have the same sensor, so the X-T30 will be on par for photos with the X-T3.
Now in terms of content that I will be posting on my blog, it will be evergreen content. Evergreen content is content that always stay relevant throughout the years. So for example, a blog post titled “The must see places in Budapest” , “The top Instagram locations in Budapest” ETC. By making posts like these, with proper SEO and marketing, people interested in traveling to Budapest should be able to find those blog posts. I have found that Pinterest is the best social media marketing platform for these kinds of posts because Pinterest also works like a search engine. And the audience that likes those kinds of posts are planners and Pinterest is the social media platform that planners are on.
Now, my thought on evergreen content and Pinterest is something that I have yet to test myself. I have found this strategy out by consuming a lot of resources on how to be a successful blogger.
For Budapest, I wanted to create as many different blog posts as possible so that I can get more traffic. But, with what happened the day before, I have decided to focus on one post and one location. We planned on going on a night boat cruise of the city because it is known to be beautiful. So I was going to create content for that specific boat ride and title the post something like “The best thing to do in Budapest”. I was traveling with a large group of people and there was a lot of confusion on how many people are allowed on the boat, so we actually never ended up going. So at the moment of writing this blog post, I am not sure what kind of content I will produce from Budapest. Luklily we stayed one more day, so that gave me time to think about what I can create.
On this day, I went to St. Stephan’s Basilica where I kind of switched up the vlog. I had my girlfriend Lia hold the camera while I explained what photograph I was trying to achieve of St. Stephan’s Basilica. This is something that I have not done before, but this is content that I do like to watch from other photographers. I wanted to achieve a look where St. Stephan’s Basilica was in the center and there are building on the side of it down the street. It is kind of hard to explain unless you see the photo that I took.
The first one was on lower ground, but then I was able to find a bit higher ground to have it so that the pedestrians were not as distracting. To me, I did achieve the photo that I did want, but it does not wow me in any way. I think if I shot later in the day, then the lighting may have been better. But overall, the photo was kind of “Meh” to me.
While Lia and I head to the next location, she wanted to shoot some content for herself in a small field. She also wanted to hold a small flower. In the Vlog, I do bring up the question that is picking one flower bad or frowned upon? I know that there are stories of “Instagrammers” laying in fields of flowers and destroying everything they laid in, but is just picking one flower bad? Please let me know.
We then make our way to the Budapest Eye where we guessed that we could get a higher up view of the city, and we were right. We were not sure how much time we were going to have while we had the view at the top, so we were taking photographs and filming frantically as the Ferris wheel went around. By the time we actually stopped at the top, we pretty much finished everything that we needed to do, but that still allowed me to focus on what I was trying to achieve which was to get an aerial view of the city, which I did.
Our next stop was supposed to be the boat, but while we waited around the river to figure out if the boat was even happening, I saw a train passing buy and wanted to try a slow shutter speed photograph of the train. But I was actually having issues on figuring out how to put my camera in continuous auto focus. I later figure out and remember that the auto focus switch is on the front of the camera. The fuji system is very mechanical.
For the slow shutter photo, when done right, the train will be in focus but almost everything else will have a motion blur to it. The reason is because I was panning with the train with a slow enough shutter that there was motion blue from the camera on the scene due to the camera movement. And since the camera is panning with the speed of the train, it is like its it not moving.
As seen in the photo, the front of the train is pretty sharp, but everything else has a slight blur to it.
Lia and I could have gone on the boat by ourselves, but we found out that we could have done this too late because we still had to eat dinner and get up early in the morning for sunrise.
I actually think the next vlog is even better. We get up early the next day for sunrise and explore the city more.