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Naked Lens: Video Blogging & Video Journaling to Reclaim the YOU in YouTube
by Michael Sean Kaminsky   

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Category: 

Self-Help

Publisher:  Organik Media Press ISBN-10:  0981318800 Type: 
Pages: 

224

Copyright:  January 1, 2010 ISBN-13:  9780981318806
Non-Fiction

Video blogging is the powerful expressive tool that transforms the way people communicate. Journaling is the time-proven method that ignites creativity and provokes change. Naked Lens combines both and guides you toward a new experience of video, journaling and life. Are you ready? Grab your mobile phone, camcorder, or whatever shoots video and join the video regeneration.

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 “Original, informative and brilliant! An indispensable guide for anyone who wishes to seize the day by keeping a video diary for self-awareness and healing. Kaminsky has absorbed the wisdom accumulated by centuries of written journal keeping and brought it to the cutting edge mediums of digital video and the Internet.”

—Tristine Rainer, Director, Center for Autobiographic Studies
 Author of The New Diary, How to use a Journal for Self-guidance and Expanded Creativity and Your Life as Story, Discovering the New Autobiography and Writing Memoir as Literature

 

I haven't found any book on video-blogging that provides so many practical suggestions and insights. 

Artyom Shamtsyan, Founder, youtego.com

 

“Yes! The author does a masterful job getting you in the right headspace to be both authentic and creative when you video blog. Can’t wait to see how this book affects the online video world.”

—Jay Dedman, Author of, Videoblogging

 

“Kaminsky takes the fear out of video journaling and self-expression. This wonderful book proves that it’s not the tools we use, but the way we use them.”

—Linda Woods & Karen Dinino, Authors of Journal Revolution and Visual Chronicles

 

“This first-hand, therapeutic approach to video journaling presents an engaging treatise on using a video camera and sites like YouTube as a means for effective self-expression.”

—Chad Fahs, Author of, How to Do Everything With YouTube

 

“This book takes the practice of journaling to a whole new level integrating high tech with high touch. Written in a compelling and easy to understand style that can inspire even the most nontechnical readers to grab a video camera, camcorder or cell phone and begin the eight-week workshop that can change their lives.”

—Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox,
Authors of: Visual Journaling: Going Deeper than Words

 

 “Kaminsky brings the art of storytelling into the sacred technology of our times. He reminds us of the many ways we can creatively connect through soulful journaling and self-expression.”

—Jyoti, Spiritual Director of the Center for Sacred Studies (www.sacredstudies.org)

 

“This book is exactly what you need to transform your video presence or wanna-be blog into a truly unique, creative form of self-expression. With Kaminsky as your guide, you can mine the treasures of your unconscious and ignite the muse within, delighting both Jung and Truffaut!”

—Diana Weynand, owner of Weynand Training International (and author of The Secrets of Video Blogging and Final Cut Pro 7

 

“I’m a confessed technophobe. Yet this book has me ready to set up my tripod! Terrific applications for a new generation of journal keepers.”

—Kathleen Adams LPC, Director, Center for Journal Therapy, 
Author of, Journal to the Self

 

“Excellent and timely! This inspiring guide helps uncover the storyteller in all of us and leads you through a detailed journey to make those stories accessible on your own terms. It will change the way you think, not only about video, but also about yourself.”

Gerald McCullouch, Filmmaker and Actor, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation


Excerpt

Table of Contents

Part 1: Join the Video Regeneration
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Video’s “X” Factor
Chapter 3: The Power of Journaling
Chapter 4: Why Be On-Camera?
Chapter 5: The Road That Brought Us Here
Chapter 6: Surfing the Video Wave

Part 2: Getting Started
Chapter 7: Choose Your Tools
Chapter 8: Stay Organized

Part 3: Lights, Camera, Action!
Chapter 9: Before You Begin
Chapter 10: The Eight-Week Workshop: Your Video Regeneration

Week 1: Befriend the Naked Lens: Overcoming First-Date Jitters
• Get Physical
• Video Virgins
• The Daily Check-in
• Instant Observations
• Video Fright
• Rubber Face
• Instant Replay: The Review

Week 2: Quiet on the Set: Silence the Critic and Create Your Audience
• Looking Outward, Looking Inward
• Quiet the Inner Critic
• Sing It
• Ban Censorship
• Create Your Ideal Audience
• Meeting Your Audience
• Labels That Limit

Week 3: Be On-Camera: True Camera “Presence”
• Be Present
• Deep Focus
• Become Powerful On-Camera
• Transform Anger
• Shhh…
• Loving Them Bones

Week 4: Shoot From the Heart: Living Cinematically
• The Little Things in Life
• Create Change
• Dream Out Loud
• Story Power
• Video Self-Portrait
• Alternate Review Method

Week 5: Production Design: Angles Are Attitudes
• On-Camera Technique
• On-Camera Movement
• Connecting to Your Audience
• Your Authentic Voice
• Fun with Framing
• Angles Are Attitudes
• Background: Your Rear View

Week 6: Leave a Legacy: Reclaim Your History
• Family History
• The Story of Objects
• Your Legacy
• Time-Lapsed Life
• Nightly News
• Video Gifting
• Video Time Capsule

Week 7: Location Shooting: Challenge Comfort Zones
• Walk Back in Time
• Including Others
• Out-of-Town Guest
• Life as Story
• Video Scrapbook
• Back to Nature
• The Open Road
• Spiritual Electricity

Week 8: That’s (Almost) a Wrap: Now What?
• Experiments in Video & Life
• Public or Private?
• Dealing with “Haters”
• Ways to Go Public
• Get Your Fifteen Minutes...If You Want ’Em
• That’s a Wrap!

Part 4: Cut! Putting It All Together
Chapter 11: To Edit or Not to Edit
Chapter 12: Video Blogging Careers
Chapter 13: Plan for the Future
Chapter 14: Video Healing & Support
Chapter 15: Where to From Here
Notes
Appendices

***PART ONE***
JOIN THE VIDEO REGENERATION

*****

Chapter 1: Introduction

Don’t fight forces. Use them.
—Buckminster Fuller

Communicate ideas. Foster creativity. Provoke self-transformation. These are just three ways the written journal (aka the diary) has proven its worth. In the past, journaling meant writing, even if pouring forth one’s soul on a laptop computer. Today, inexpensive video cameras and the YouTube phenomenon add a brand-new dimension. For less than the cost of dinner in a fancy restaurant, you can wield a tremendously powerful tool for creativity, communication and self-transformation: The personal video revolution is here.

People tend to approach video from two different but complementary directions:

* They video blog—that is, create video for widespread viewing on the Net.

* They video journal—that is, create video for the sake of creative self-exploration (which could either remain private or become a video blog).

In this book we’ll explore the role of both. Following are examples of each.

When Hank Green moves from California to Colorado he and his brother John de-cide to go a full year without any text communication. Instead they video blog to each other. Their entries become the Vlog Brothers and are subsequently viewed by millions.

Meanwhile in New York, Claire V. lands her dream job in advertising and wants to capture her feelings. Using a pocket-sized camera, she videos herself in Central Park. Months later she reviews her entries on a rotten day and feels newly inspired. She keeps her video journal private.

Thousands of miles away in England, eighty-two-year-old Peter Oakley (known as “Geriatric1927” on YouTube) sits alone in front of a webcam in his living room. He tells the stories that make up the defining moments of his life and connects with a vast com-munity of all ages beyond anything he ever imagined.

It’s impossible to represent the countless ways people use video blogging and journal-ing in just three situations. We have leapt from the text-based Information Age and landed in the highly visual Social Media Age. Each day people redefine what video looks like, sounds like, and what it means to participate.

Added to the above is the dawning realization that our culture (not to mention planet) seems to be rocketing through its most dramatic shift in recent history. This is ap-parent on every level from personal to social to environmental. Events in one part of the world have rapid and often unforeseen effects on entirely different locations.

On the one hand, we are more interconnected than ever. On the other, we are bom-barded with media that lacks connection to our lives. This can cause us to shut down on an emotional and spiritual level. Personal video beckons us to abandon the sidelines and re-engage.

Today more people (mainly in the developed world—at least for now) have access to some type of video equipment than at any time in history. Video isn’t quite as cheap as a stolen ballpoint pen and the back of a Starbucks napkin, but at this rate, it won’t take long. Today anyone can easily create video and deliver it to a massive audience. Yet a surprisingly small number of people take advantage of this potential. For example, according to Inter-net researcher Jakob Nielsen, less than one percent of YouTube visitors create videos for the other ninety-nine percent who watch.(1)

Not only is video underutilized as a tool for self-expression, it is even more underap-preciated as an agent for self-exploration and change. In the past few decades, written jour-naling has proven its ability to enhance creativity and provoke personal transformation. Video journaling offers similar possibilities as well as its own exceptional potential. The only requirement is the willingness to leap into new territory. This is less about the so-called “video generation,” and more about your own personal video regeneration.

Naked Lens shows how you can use video to:

* Awaken creativity and inspiration

* View life from a transformed perspective

* Conquer camera shyness

* Increase mindfulness and achieve true on-camera presence

* Gain a deeper level of self-understanding

* Create meaningful video blogs that engage viewers

* Jump ahead of the fast approaching video revolution

* Connect self to world with the possibility to change both

If you already record a video blog or journal, the Eight-Week Workshop will add an enriching new dimension. If you have never videoed yourself but have always secretly wanted to, then read on.



Professional Reviews

Nyt Aspekt
Video Blogging on YouTube? Perhaps this is a self development opportunity for future generations. This new therapeutic tool will include looking at video footage of oneself. All you need is a webcam for example, mobile telephone, or camcorder.

Michael Sean Kaminsky, video blogger and docuementary filmmaker has written the book Naked Lens (the naked lens), which in workshop form presents practical ways to make video recordings, while engaging in a more authentic and creative expression. Jeneane Prevatt, director of the Center for Sacred Studies, USA, "Kaminsky brings the art of storytelling into the sacred technology of our times. He reminds us of the many ways we can creatively connect through soulful journaling and self-expression.”



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