TAONAW's First Photography Video

There are currently three unfinished drafts in TAONAW’s main org file1. It seems as if the pandemic2 and social-distancing dried out my ideas and ability to express myself. On Tuesday I took a walk into the park and captured some flowers and birds with my camera. As it turned out, the walk outdoors recharged my batteries. I came back home and sat down to finally record my first video about photography. Here are the details about how I did it and why.

TAONAW seeks to use free technologies for content, and broadcasting video is another suck example. I was surprised at how easy it was to set up an account and upload the video to https://video.autizmo.xyz, an instant of PeerTube. While YouTube and Instagram are unavoidable to reach photography enthusiasts, I’m going to use them only as secondary sources3.

I’ve created a channel for TAONAW where I plan to keep uploading photograph-related content. There are additional options and information to add to the channel which I need to revisit. I also need to follow up with a YouTube channel, which will work Like with my content on Medium, presenting older and selective content. Since I’m not bothered by making a profit out of the videos, much of YouTube’s settings do not make a difference to me and I’ll just leave them at default. It’s a headache next to the simplicity on PeerTube.

To create the video, I used my Sony a6000, the camera I’ve been using to take my photos since last October, and AmazonBasics 60-Inch Tripod which I purchased two months ago. Copying the video to Hedwig, my desktop computer, is a breeze thanks to Gwenview which comes with KDE. I Then edited the .mts video file with OpenShot, cutting ambulances' sirens (I live next to a hospital) and added comments in text. FFmpeg has been a tool of choice for a couple of years, and I used it here to compress and brighten up the video since I underestimated how dark my room is for the camera (learning from mistakes is the only way to learn).

The resulting video is not as bad as I feared, but of course, there’s much more to learn. The challenges I’ve encountered were not technical: the biggest one turned out to be finding a spot that doesn’t show the mess in my room; I ended up arranging my photos on my wall. Another was finding what to say: not lack of what to say, but how to say it, how to keep to the point. It is very different than writing a blog post and editing it later.

I’d love to hear comments, suggestions and general questions about the video and the topic itself.


  1. If you’re curious about how my blog is constructed and written with Emacs, look at the About section or read this post. ↩︎

  2. I always like to link to Wikipedia articles when possible, but I find myself at awe at the richness of information happening right now when the members of this dedicated community build a whole subsite inside Wikipedia just about COVID-19. If you haven’t yet, please take a look, even if just to see the list of resources and links at the bottom of these articles. So much free and available information. ↩︎

  3. I started my photography journey with Instargram, where I still make connections and followers, but going forward I’m planning on giving Pixelfed the main stage. ↩︎