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Romanticizing Your Life: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Vlogs for YouTube

teacher avatar Cari Cakes, Content Creator

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (39m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

      1:43
    • 2. Class Orientation

      2:30
    • 3. What is a Vlog - General Components and Structure

      6:24
    • 4. How To Find Inspiration?

      6:00
    • 5. Before You Film - Ideation and Planning a Vlog

      3:58
    • 6. What To Shoot: A Roll vs B Roll

      4:11
    • 7. Authenticity (Staged vs Candid)

      4:26
    • 8. Setting the Mood and Finding Your Style - Post Production

      7:08
    • 9. Class Conclusion

      3:07
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Do you find yourself recording daily life without knowing how to piece it together? Are you an avid fan of YouTube and want to try it out for yourself?

Vlogging is a medium that allows you to be the "main character" in your visual storytelling by romanticizing your life.Whether you’re an absolute beginner or someone looking to build upon what they already know, this class is for you!

From technical aspects like the importance of b-roll and post-production to the conceptual side like mood boards and remaining authentic, this class will give you the tools to confidently approach each part of the vlogging process. We’ll go step by step so that you can take the vision in your head, match it with the world around you, and create something incredible.

In this class we’ll cover:

- The basic structure and components of a vlog
- What equipment do you need (and what you don’t need!)
- Where to find inspiration when you’re feeling stuck
- What you can do in post-production to elevate your footage
- How to plan your vlogs with storyboards and mood boards

This course is for all levels and you’ll only need a camera (just the one on your phone is fine!) and a bit of inspiration. 

Ready to get started? Let’s go!

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Cari Cakes

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Hello, I'm Cari. I create videos focused on lifestyle and travel on YouTube as 'cari cakes' and videos all about books on 'cari can read.' While I also dabble in photography, vlogging is my favorite form of expression. I've been lucky enough to collaborate with groups like the Korea Tourism Organization and UNESCO, and hope to inspire people to not only travel outside their comfort zone, but to start recording their memories and celebrating life's little moments.

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1. Class Introduction: Vlogging seems pretty easy, but there's a certain kind of magic that happens between pressing "Record" and pressing "Publish" that can completely change what you've made. This class is going to be about that magic. Vlogging is a medium that allows you to be the main character and to romanticize your life. If you want to start vlogging or maybe you just want to horn some more of your skills, I hope that this class helps bring that magic and romance into your everyday life. My name is Cari and I have been recording videos since I can remember. I started a YouTube channel called Cari Cakes about four years ago. We have just hit 270 thousand subscribers. We're on our way to 30 million views, which is wild. During that time I have spent hours, if not days and weeks combing through footage because I just wasn't sure how I wanted to capture it or what exactly I wanted to capture. In this class, I hope to share with you some tips and tricks that I learned along the way and save you some of that time. Whether you are a absolute beginner or you've been vlogging for a while and you just want to get a little bit more inspiration or style tips, I hope this class helps you record your unique experience in a captivating way on video. Just remember, no one sees the world the way that you do. No matter how you capture your life around you, it's going to be unique and exciting. I hope that this class just helps enhance the ways that you can convey your unique experience. If you are ready to start romanticizing your life, I will see you in the next class. 2. Class Orientation: Hi guys. Welcome. If you are joining this class, chances are you already love capturing your life on video. For this class project, we're just going to dive in. We are going to be focusing on your mornings or how you start your day. Not a morning person, not a problem. Capture that. Do you have a very set-up 10-step routine? Show us how you do it, please. Maybe all you do in the morning is roll out of bed, make a cup of coffee, and get back in bed. Sounds ideal. We're not looking for what a morning vlog should be. We're just looking at trying to capture our experience of the world around us. You can do this in long-form or short-form whether you lean more towards Instagram reels and you're doing a 30-second video, or if you want to show us the whole damn thing for an hour. Go for it. The only equipment you are going to need for this is a camera. I actually started filming and I still mostly film with my iPhone. I currently have an iPhone 12, but I have used the 6S, I have used the 10, X. You don't need fancy equipment. You're going to use any camera that you can record with and I use this camera phone tripod that I got to the Dollar Store. You don't need fancy equipment, just record with what you've got. A tip of before starting, have at least a basic plan of what you want to film. We're going to go into this more deeply in a future lesson, but especially with a vlog that starts literally right when you get up have a plan in mind. whether you have an actual first shot that you really want to get or you have some routine that you're going to be going through. Take a look at your room or your bathroom, or wherever you're going to be filming. Check out the angles? How are you going to set up your camera? How are you going to set up your shots? Having at least a tiny bit of an idea of what you're going to jump into the next day to film is absolutely essential. Again, we're going to touch on that in a very important lesson in the class. Remember the only way to improve is to film, and to edit, and to watch your videos over and over again. It is a forever learning process. Don't worry, we're on this journey together. Take a deep breath, grab your caffeinated beverage of choice, and let's learn about the components of a good vlog. 3. What is a Vlog - General Components and Structure: Let's first talk about what is a vlog? It is a video log. I wasn't kidding about the coffee, hold on guys. A vlog is a journal in video form. It's just about life. You can record your travels, your skincare routine, maybe just you studying. What makes it different from a video like this, which is mainly an informational video, is that the audience should feel like they are there with you, right in that moment. A vlog is all about recording, not just what you're seeing, but what you're feeling. There's a sense of engagement, a sense of the creator talking with the audience almost in real-time. But life is a pretty huge category and it can be a little overwhelming when you're first starting. One thing that helps me in creating vlogs is to remember a very basic structure. Once again, break all of the rules that I'm throwing at you in this class. But this is just something that I constantly fall back on when I'm creating vlogs and I find that it helps me structure my thoughts and structure my filming. Like a good story, has a beginning, middle, and an end, a vlog should also have an intro, the body, and a sign-off. Let's jump into those components. One of the hardest parts of vlogging is just how to start a vlog. It took me a really long time to get comfortable. I'm going to give you three ways that you can typically start a vlog that will hopefully help get the ball rolling so that you can continue to tell your story. The first and most common way of starting a vlog is using a montage. You're going to look through all of your footage that you have for the vlog, pick out some of the most beautiful and interesting shots and put that in maybe a 10-30 second montage in the beginning. It helps show your audience what they're going to get into, what to look forward to. Think of it as a highlight reel or a trailer for your upcoming video. Put a little music over that, maybe a title, a date. You can really play around with it. For me personally, I use different music every time because maybe I have a different feeling for each vlog. But if you find a piece of music that you really connect with and you use that for every single montage before every single video, it can almost feel like in opening credits. Another great way to start a vlog is the hook. I'm not funny enough to do this, but some people are perhaps you. If you are maybe telling a story or something really interesting happened in your blog and you have one piece of audio that is just a cliffhanger. It's really funny or it's like, Oh my God, what is happening next? Put that in your intro and people will be dying to know what happened. Usually, they will put one particularly funny line and cut to maybe a title page and then jump into your vlog. The only problem with that is it relies heavily on something interesting being said or happening. If you are really good at one-liners, more power to you. Try that. Last but not least, is probably one of my favorites and it's also really simple, is walking into the shot. Try setting up a really beautiful shot. Maybe put your title up, give your audience a little bit of time to soak in that feeling, and then just walk onto a screen. It makes it almost feel like the audience is watching a live video and it's like you have come in, now it's time to start your adventure. Especially I find for travel videos, that's a really cool way of making an audience feel like they are right there on the ride with you. Let's get up and go walk on the screen. Now that we've started a vlog, what do we do with all of the footage that we have? I tend to try and break up a vlog into in my brain chapters. It really depends on what exactly you are talking about that day. If it's a travel vlog, if it's just you getting ready and going to school, etc. I personally like to break up my speaking shots with some B-roll and we're going to get into B-roll in a later lesson. But essentially, we're going to want to tell people what's going on, talk to your audience, and then also show them, a vlog doesn't need to be talking from start to finish. Definitely give people a chance through all of your other footage to feel what's going on rather than you just telling them. If you can try and break things up into a telling portion and then a showing portion. That will give your vlog a certain rhythm and pacing that makes it really nice for the audience and keeps it a little exciting. Last but not least, is the sign-off, which if you watch my channel, is my weakest point. I tend to do a no, you hang up first thing. I say thank you and goodbye probably a million times before I shut the camera off. Even though I cannot take my own advice, here are some helpful tips for you. The main tip I have for you is end with a speaking portion. This is helpful because you can talk to your audience. You can ask them for feedback. Just say thank you for watching. Also, if you've forgotten anything that you wanted to say during the vlog, you can add that in there. Also if you know what you're filming next, if you have your next video or your next trip plan, let your audience know. It also helps your viewers stick around to the end, which is really nice. Again, remember to say thank you. It should feel like a conversation and wrap up, sign off as if you are entering it into your own journal or if you are talking to a friend on the phone. As a recap, this is a very basic vlog structure. But once you get comfortable and you can bend the rules a little bit, feel free to go wild, follow your heart, follow your footage, and maybe in a year or two, your version of a vlog structure will become the norm. Don't be afraid to try whatever works. But falling back on this structure is always a safe bet. Now that we know what makes up a vlog, how do we know what to film? I will see you in the next class. 4. How To Find Inspiration?: Your favorite vloggers might be able to make it seem like they just rolled out of bed and captured this beautiful day without any planning, but that is almost never the case. Having some idea of what you're going to film before you film it is imperative for getting the footage that you need to create a vlog. Number one is obviously Instagram. It is a really helpful platform, especially for visual creators. I tend to do a lot of travel and lifestyle content so I follow certain hashtags or I look up cities or places before I go there. I follow certain creators and I find so much of my inspiration there. I really make use of the saved and the folders feature. I oftentimes will make a folder for a specific place until I gather enough places in that city to go and make a vlog about. I also often separate it by season. In autumn, especially here where I live in Korea, there's so much to do. Throughout the year, if I see anything that looks really beautiful in autumn, I will collect them into a folder. Then as autumn is approaching, I will go through it and plan things out so that I don't miss the season. Definitely, use the hashtag and the location feature on Instagram. Even if it seems like a dream trip super far away, save things into your folder. Maybe just make a dream folder, which I definitely have, of super future content for your vlogs. My next big form of inspiration is music, and I cannot stress enough how important I find music to be for my videos. Oftentimes, I will spend hours searching for great music for my videos. A lot of times, the music itself is what inspires the vlog rather than finding music afterwards. I might come across a song that sounds so perfect for a picnic. You might find something that sounds like a great romantic night home, etc. Finding music that fits your footage well is great, but also try and do it the opposite way and find music that inspires you to go out and find something that it fits perfectly with. I will talk more about music in the post-production lesson that we're going to have. But I just can't stress enough how important music is to capturing that wonderful emotion that you're trying to emit. The next one should be obvious. YouTube, yes. Can you imagine? Other creators are a huge source of inspiration for me. They can be on completely the other side of the world, making completely different kinds of content, but they might do something or say something that sparks inspiration for me. But not only is the actual content that they put out really important for inspiration, but listening to them if they ever talk about their own creative process. I think that everybody has a different way of approaching making videos. But if your favorite vlogger happens to share parts of how they're planning vlogs or how they're editing, even if you don't have the same style as them or the same content, they will probably drop some little knowledge nuggets that will really help you out in the future. YouTube obviously is an excellent source of inspiration. One source of inspiration that you have with you right now is the world around you. I know that sounds boring, but after being on YouTube for four years, I have realized that the world is very large and your vlogs have the ability to reach people in places you would have never imagined. What might seem really ordinary and boring to you, might be brand new to someone else. Just don't discount the things that seemed really normal to you. It could be what you're eating for breakfast, how you make your coffee, what your grocery store looks like, what's the public transportation like, how does your school look like, etc. That might seem like something you see every day for the past decade, but it could be so cool for someone else. Maybe take a second look at the world around you and find a way to celebrate it. Don't just think everybody knows what a coffee maker looks like. Find a way to make yourself appreciate that coffee maker, other people will too. If people are watching it and they know what your coffee maker looks like and it's boring to them, maybe you're filming it in a way that makes them really appreciate it. Do not discount the ordinary. Take a second look at everything around you and have it re-inspire you. Last but not least, check the news. Is something going on in your area, an event, a concert, etc., is something near you trending or on the news? For example, Netflix did a really cool series about street food. They went to a market that I happen to love here in Korea. I went there after watching the show. I not only went to the places that they mentioned to give my own opinion, but I showed other places that Netflix missed, or maybe you could take that idea and go look at street food in your hometown. Looking at things that are currently trending in other areas of media might give you the inspiration for your next vlog. It sounds corny, but inspiration is everywhere. Keep your eyes open, take down notes if an idea suddenly sprouts in your head, and don't discount the ordinary. Now that we know how to get our ideas, let's think about how to put those into action. 5. Before You Film - Ideation and Planning a Vlog: Okay, great. You have ideas, you're inspired, now what? In this lesson, we are going to be talking about things you can do before you film to set you up for success. Ideation is one of my favorite parts of the vlogging process, mainly because I love making lists, but it's also where nothing is holding you back. Planning your vlog is setting the foundation for your video and this is where you can throw out all of your crazy ideas and just think, what could I possibly try next? Think of it as the floor plan of your home, and what you end up filming will be furnishing each room in your house. It gives you an idea of what you want to film so that you get enough footage and you don't come home realizing that you don't have enough footage for a vlog, but it leaves you enough wiggle room for some spontaneity. Here are the two common tools that I use to plan out a video. Number one is creating a mood board. This doesn't need to be a physical thing, Some people like to actually create a mood board for each video, more power to them, but it can be just in your head. This is a collection of things that helps you define an indescribable mood. If you have this feeling that you want to capture, a mood board is something that you can point to and say, that, that's what I want to capture. This could be a collection of images, maybe you love a certain color tone, you're going for a more vintage feel. Maybe you have a song that you really like or a movie that's really inspiring you right now, that all together will help you focus on the feeling that you want to emit from your vlogs. That could even include other vloggers like we talked about the inspiration from YouTube, or different pictures from Instagram, etc. While a mood board is more about these indescribable feelings, the next one is very concrete, and this is a storyboard. Storyboarding is very common in film, but in a vlog, it can be a little bit less intense. A storyboard is going to be your roadmap. Depending on how you want to do it, you can either list out each individual scene that you are looking for. For example, if you're doing your morning routine and you already know what your routine is, you can go ahead and write down each different scene and maybe add in different shots and different angles that you want to get in each scene. That way it saves you a ton of time when you're setting up your camera, thinking about where you're going to shoot. This is also where you would write down your opening scene if you're thinking of you want that one really good shot and you're going to walk in like the intro we talked about, you're going to write that down. Having these outlines of what you want to shoot is going to really help you to get the footage that you want. Just as a recap, these two different ways of planning help you tell a better story, capture the mood that you're looking for and it's going to make sure that you get the footage that you want. I can't tell you how many times I have gotten home and seen my footage and thought, "Man, if I had just moved it a little bit more, that shot would have been perfect." Really thinking about what you're going to capture beforehand is going to help you so much in post-production. But again, always leave that space for spontaneity. If you go a little bit off of your storyboard, that's fine. Once again, these can be a physical list or just organizing your thoughts ahead of time, but being prepared is always great and future you will thank you. But speaking of storyboarding and writing down what shots you want, let's talk about A-role versus B-role in our next class. I'll see you there. 6. What To Shoot: A Roll vs B Roll : In this class, we are going to be talking about the different kinds of footage that you can shoot and the importance of staggering those and finding a good balance. If you're already following some vloggers and you have your favorites, chances are you already noticed this about their content. They tend to mix things up visually and keep it interesting, which is why you like watching their vlogs. Usually, this mixing of content involves A-roll and B-roll. These are pretty film industry-specific terms but for our purpose today, A-roll is the main footage. Basically, this, me talking directly to camera. This is what you want to be focusing on, this is the main audio as well. So with B-roll, that is any footage that is going to be supplementing the main footage. If you were to have a video that was just like this for 30 minutes or so while you're vlogging and trying to share an experience, that can get boring. B-roll really helps mix it up, show details, capture more of that emotion and just keep it visually changing constantly. A really great way to see that is in the kitchen. I'm going to head over there and show you the difference between and the importance of using both A-roll and B-roll. Let's go. Welcome to the kitchen. As you can see, I am talking directly to camera and I have all my tea set up. While I could just walk you through this and make tea like this and have a chat, that could visually be a little bit boring after a while especially if you're doing a full tutorial or something where you want to express the details. So this is where B-roll comes in. Maybe you have a close-up of the cup or even just the light coming through the window. You are trying to express the emotion of what it's like to be in this kitchen at this very moment with your audience. That could be capturing the steam coming off of the tea or the whistle of the kettle, or really anything that you love about your kitchen. Staggering these two together is what paints a very full picture. If I were to just be talking to you like this, you might get a little bit bored visually. So adding in this B-roll is essential for making your blog look beautiful but also feel beautiful. For B-roll, you could add music behind it and just have sort of this montage or you could just keep this original audio from your A-roll and have it going over as a sort of voice-over effect for your B-roll. This seems like a really intuitive thing but actually, it's harder than you think to remember to get all of the B-roll or all of the A-roll that you need. Once again, it's a thing that you need to play around with. Sometimes I get so focused on B-roll that I forget to make any A-roll, etc. It's something that you just have to keep playing around with and you will be able to find the balance that you really like. Some people are A-roll heavy and that's fine. I tend to really care about B-roll. So my vlogs tend to have a lot more of that in it. It's really however you think you can best get that emotion of the moment across. Once again, practice always makes perfect. Before you start the next class, I hope that you give a little thought to how you can mix A-roll and B-roll in your class project, especially for morning routines, most of us might be a little lethargic when we wake up. We're not going to be extremely chatty and having this kind of a raw footage, what kind of B-roll are you going to capture to convey the emotions of that morning? Maybe think about creating a mood board or a storyboard that can help you plan it out, and I look forward to seeing how you put that into action. I will see you guys in the next video. 7. Authenticity (Staged vs Candid): In our last lesson, we talked about A-roll versus B-roll, but that is only half the battle when it comes to your footage. One major component of logging is authenticity. We're going to talk about balancing candid shots with staged shots. We are talking about a vlog that you are going to spend potentially hours creating. How do we keep an authentic voice and feeling when we're doing all of this editing? Once again, it's all about balance, practice, and constant growth. What audiences are often looking for with vlogs is real-life situations. Obviously, you're going to want to stage certain things to make it look beautiful and that's totally understandable. But sometimes there are moments that are totally candid that make the vlog. What could add authenticity and what should you maybe not edit out? I was raised in the time when movies used to have blooper reels at the end, I'm a sucker for bloopers. I think that leaving in some tiny mistakes every once in a while is endearing, and it reminds people that this is not a completely stage production. Did you spill your coffee? Did your camera tripod fall down, because it happens to all of us? Maybe leave that in sometimes. Did you film that? [inaudible] Something I also love is in-the-moment reactions. While you were filming did something embarrass you or excite you, try and get that on camera in the moment. Think about Jim in the office when he turns to camera, and he just looks like, did you see that thing? I love that, and so I think that sometimes we see things when we're filming and we will wait until we're back home to talk about it, but sometimes the emotion of the moment is the best. Even if you just give your camera a look, it really makes the audience feel like they're there, and it helps you when you're looking back at your vlog, it helps you remember exactly what you felt too. Another great thing to add in is a break in the action. Your day is not going to be so exciting for the full 24 hours. If you have a little bit of downtime, if you're just laying around on the couch, maybe add that in as well. Showing these little moments of real-life where you're just chilling, maybe you're just getting a snack, it's fine. You might not find it very interesting, but perhaps your audience would. This is a thing that you just have to play around with, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But I really think that adding these bits of imperfections into your vlogs really creates that authenticity that can sometimes be edited out in post-production. To summarize, vlogs are made to capture the human experience, so don't be afraid to be human. Try and balance your candid and your staged shots and show the real you as much as you can. Just a word of advice for authenticity, go to any of your favorite vloggers and go to their oldest videos. You can even look at mine and I'm cringing even thinking about it. But look at their body language, listen to their voice. I guarantee it will be different from the vlogs that you're seeing from them now. Getting more comfortable in front of the camera, getting more comfortable showing more of yourself is a journey that we all have to be on. If you feel like you aren't properly capturing yourself on camera, just know that it's going to take practice. Even now, sometimes I catch myself putting on a different voice for my vlogs, and it's just something that takes time. This isn't something that is totally natural to us as people. Just remember that that growth, that practice, is also very human and is a sign of authenticity. Here's to us, keep growing. Now, let's talk about that post-production process. I will see you in the next class. 8. Setting the Mood and Finding Your Style - Post Production: [MUSIC] Now that you have everything filmed, it is time for post-production. What is post-production? This is when you take all of your raw footage, put it into whatever editing software you have, and make the magic happen. I will not be going into extreme detail about how to edit in this video, because they're actually many other resources on Skillshare that can help you out. But I'm just going to talk about some of the options to keep in mind to play around with. Then you can deep dive yourself and figure out where your style will take you. This lesson is going to go over the components that you should keep in mind when you are going through post-production and even try and keep these in mind before you start filming. Like I said, with finding inspiration from music, that is actually technically a post-production component. Once you practice and get a feel for all of the things at your disposal, it will get a lot easier to make the editing magic happen. First things first are texts and fonts. Usually in your introduction, you will have some title saying maybe daily vlog or the name of the place where you are going, some title. Then throughout the vlog, you might also want to make use of subtitles. Maybe you're filming something and you have a thought and you want to share it, use a little bit of text to make something pop up for the audience to read. It's almost like a voice-over, but it's just text overlay. With this, always remember that that's at your disposal. But one thing that will completely change the tone and the style of that, are fonts, the sun came out for the fonts, oh my goodness. This is a world that I am just getting into. Typography is such a subtle art. Luckily, there are a ton of classes on Skillshare about typography. But my main advice for you is to not use too many fonts in your video. Try and stick to one or two. Definitely don't forget to dive into the wonderful world that is typography and we will be on that journey together because I've only scratched the surface. After that we have transitions, which is something that I always forget is in my toolbox. Transitions are a way of going from one scene to the next. Depending on your editing software, you just drag and drop a transition in between two clips and it will do whatever the transition is meant to do. It could fade a clip to black. It could do the Looney Tunes circle opening thing. It's a really simple and sometimes beautiful way of transitioning from a certain place or showing the audience that some time has passed, etc. I often actually use transitions in my intro to show where I'm going from my montage or my introduction to the official start of the video. But again, it's just a thing that you've got to play around with. My personal favorite and most important part of post-production is background music. Music can completely change the emotion of whatever you have filmed. You can make pouring a cup of coffee feel melancholy or nostalgic or really happy and almost cartoonish just by changing the music. [MUSIC] You can start off by using a lot of different free surfaces. YouTube audio library is actually a really great resource and it gets better every single day, completely free. You can use that. Or if you have explicit permission from the artist, you can try things like SoundCloud or Bandcamp. But again, be sure to message the artists first and make sure you're all in the clear. If you're able to move on to a paid service, there are really great services like Artlist or Epidemic Sound that give you a full library. Oftentimes, even in the free resources, you can sort by genre, but also you can sort by mood. If you are looking for something that is dreamy or really happy, you can search by that as well. Dive in to the background music. I really think that music is the most important part of a vlog. Give yourself a lot of time to find that perfect piece. Last but not least, another really fun part of post-production is color correcting. Oftentimes I find that when I film, I think that the world looks a lot more vivid, and then I go look at my footage and it's a little bit washed out. It's not quite as vibrant as I remember. You can go through whether it is different editing software like I use VSCO, which is normally for photos. But if you do the premium service, you can also change your videos or you can do it on your editing software such as Final Cut Pro or Premier. A good example of when I use color correcting to elicit the mood that I thought that I didn't quite capture with just my raw footage is my vlog from when I went to Hong Kong. Every time I think of Hong Kong, I'm thrown back to movies like Chungking Express. I just feel like it's such a vibrant but also cool-toned city. I went through all of my footage and I corrected each frame until I found that it captured the vibrancy that I felt from Hong Kong. Now when I look back on that video, I really can feel what I was feeling at the time. Don't be afraid to play around with colors and make it seem a little bit better than your raw footage. Because once again, we're just constantly trying to elicit the emotions and capture what we were feeling in that moment. Color correcting is a really, really fun tool. The most important takeaway from post-production is don't be afraid to try something new. There are no rules when it comes to vlogging. If you want to make everything completely neon, or if you want to do a blog that's all in black and white, do it. No one is telling you can't. Take risks, try things out, just focus on how that moment felt to you and do whatever you can to express it. Post-production is personally something that I really love, but I know a lot of other vloggers hate it. Just be patient with yourself with it. I hope that you're able to find the rhythm and the style that makes you happy and makes post-production something that's actually fun. I can't wait to see how you edit the raw footage for your class project. I will see you guys in the next video. 9. Class Conclusion: You have made it, we have made it. This is the end of the course. Congratulations. I hope that this class helped you in some way, figure out how to best capture your life around you and find inspiration. Let's go over the highlights starting with number one, vlogging is all about your experience. I just so greatly want to stress how much only you can see the world your way. No matter how you capture it, even if you don't love exactly how it came out. Because looking at some of my older rags, I'm not super happy with them, but nobody else could have made that walk. There's something really exciting and really important about that. I just want to stress that even if you aren't completely satisfied with what you've made, it's always a learning process and it's always something that is unique to you. Be proud of whatever you create and just know that you are going to continue to grow. Second important thing is that there are so many different elements to play around with. Get creative with it. You can play around with background music, with how and what you capture with B roll, your titles and transitions and text and fonts, and all this fun stuff. Don't get too stuck in one way. Try and switch it up and see how you can best convey your emotions. Most importantly, remember that every single thing that I told you, break those rules. [LAUGHTER] Don't listen to me. Basically, there are no exact rules for vlogging. It is just a thing that a lot of people happen to do and a lot of people happen to do it a certain way, but you do not need to play by those rules ever. If you find that you really want to create a vlog in this completely different way, do it. Just never, ever be afraid to play around with style. There are no rules. Finally, vlogging is a forever learning experience. You are always going to be growing and honing and changing your style. Just be proud of everything that you ever produce because it's just a step in the right direction. We all have to start somewhere. Just like how I struggle with how to start a vlog. It's a struggle to start a channel or to start a vlogging journey in general. Just know that it gets easier with time. You'll get more comfortable and it should be fun. Just remember to have fun. Now, don't forget to upload your class project. I can't wait to see what you guys create in this class and outside of class. Even if you just making vlogs for yourself or your family and friends, which is exactly how I started. I hope that this class helps you capture the world around you in the way that you want to. I just can't wait to see what else you guys come up with. Thank you so much for joining me. I'm not going to force you guys to sit through one of my notoriously long sign-offs. I'm just going to say, thank you so much for being here. Thank you to Skillshare for inviting me on here. I hope to see you guys again soon. Good luck vlogging. See you next time.