Just wanted to check in with some cool milestones.
I started this website in late February, 2012.
I started doing YouTube last Fall/Winter.
The website is now past 400,000 visits and around 700,000 pageviews since I launched. On a typical day right now, I’m seeing around 700-1000 visitors. It’s not really the busy season: the site gets much busier Oct-Feb.
The YouTube channel has just past 50,000 views. At first, I didn’t know if it was worth shooting video: it takes a different lighting setup, and video editing takes my computer a while to chug through. But as I saw the users and comments coming in, it started to look promising as an add-on to the site and as a different way to show hunting rifles and equipment. I’m now happy with my video lighting setup and setting it up takes me a lot less time.
While I’m still trying to use the camo hoodie on video to make exposure easy, I’m moving to whites on photos of smaller items to make for a nicer background and cleaner images. My photo setup has been the same for a while, but I have managed to simplify and store everything in a way that makes it easy for me to tear all the stuff out, setup, and shoot. Sometimes I go with 2 light sources to really bathe the product in the shot, sometimes I go for one to give a bit of a drop shadow and some light falloff. Most of the time, I’m just going for a nice, clean image.
In any case, enough rambling about taking pictures! Upcoming I’ve got plenty more hunting rifle reviews, like the Mossberg 4×4, plus my continued saga into 22LR, so stick around and like us on Facebook or subscribe on YouTube, there’s lots more to come!