Back in the pre internet days, pretty much the only sources of information regarding photography was in printed form, be it magazines,books and manuals which while still relevant now have now been superseded by the wealth of information available online and at your fingertips, but where to start?
So what I thought I'd do was start a short series of blogs highlighting websites and YouTube channels I frequent, starting with:
DigitalRev TV is a popular YouTube channel created by its producer Richard Yu and co-producer/presenter Kai Man Wong. DigitalRev TV routinely publish videos with photography related how-to guides and reviews. The channel has over 180 million upload views from over 500 videos as of July 12, 2014, date the channel hit 1 million subscribers, making it the most subscribed to photography channel on YouTube.
Originally, the channel started off in 2007 with a format that simply involved a lone reviewer's hands showing the viewers the perks of each photography product. In each video, there would be an un-boxing of the product and run down of some of the features, as to promote products currently on sale on their mother site, DigitalRev.
The format changed in December 2009 when Kai W - real name Kai Man Wong - became the lead presenter at DigitalRev TV. Kai was a presenter for a previous YouTube channel before being hired, bringing with him a new style of presenting and a change of features. Lok C was brought in as the cameraman of the show. Alamby Leung was the project coordinator and occasionally appeared on the show.
The channel has gained a great deal of popularity for moving beyond the 'straighter' and 'clinical' camera reviews found elsewhere on YouTube by incorporating elements of comedy in a similar style to the BBC television show Top Gear. Kai often comments on camera's 'tilty flippy screens' which is a homage to Jeremy Clarkson referring to the stupid 'flappy paddles' for changing gear that many modern sports cars have and the DigitalRev team have carried out road trips, completing challenges set by the 'bloody producer' in the same manner that the Top Gear presenters do.
The episodes sometimes have bizarre off-the-cuff moments and play off certain unpredictable elements, such as when Kai gets shocked by the camera he is dismantling or doing a review in Typhoon winds. Given its light hearted tone and international audience some YouTube viewers have been confused and invariably there are comments about common features like Kai (intentionally) using the wrong camera strap or even no camera strap, dropping things or generally destroying camera equipment (which are mostly likely broken, returned or mock-up products).
Basically the channel is like Top Gear of Cameras, full of gear reviews, tips, guides, specials and crazy ideas to spark your creativity - If you subscribe to only one YouTube channel let it be this one.
And now for a few examples: