Must Watch YouTube Channels for Video Editing

When I started Odysseys With Love, I had already had one YouTube but didn’t do too much with it. I also didn’t put to much thought into my education on video and video editing. When we started Odysseys With Love, I know that I wanted to use video a lot! So I started researching different YouTuber’s to start watching and picking up different tips and tricks. I am not perfect with my own video editing, or even my video skills. But… Since I am learning myself, Why not share my new knowledge with you. I now watch quite a few different YouTube Channels. I am going to include their Channel trailer for you to watch and figure out if you would like to follow them also. My All Time Favorite YouTube Channel That I Think You Must Watch To Learn Video Editing Peter McKinnon! Yes, he is my all time favorite video educator on not only video editing, but all things video. I enjoy all of his YouTube videos and have the notification bell set up to let me know when he uploads something new. Favorite Female YouTube Video Content Tutorials Premiere Gal is my favorite female YouTuber that produces tutorials on Premeire Pro! She has so so many tutorials for me to browse through and I love looking for what I am wanting to do in her playlist. I do have to say that her video on editing faster has helped me out a lot! I’m Going To Use Their Tutorial To Make Our Channel Trailer! Cinecom.net has so many awesome tutorial on how they recreate different music videos and from this I found one that I am excited to try and recreate myself with their helpful YouTube tutorial.  Check out his How To Stay Creative video and then check out the tutorial below that to see what we are going to try and do for our own trailer. https://youtu.be/v66rjv3bk9khttps://youtu.be/gjN500LQqek I just recently found them I haven recently started following Mango Street. Its not often to see a woman, but Rachel isn’t just there she really is apart of these tutorials. As she is also a photographer, I am kinda partial to her. I will be using quite a few of their tutorials for my own videos, and maybe even part of our Channel Trailer. From One YouTube Account To Another Matti Haapoja was introduced to me through Peter McKinnons YouTube Channel. I started to follow his channel because I loved not only his work, but feel I could learn a lot from him. The Very First Tutvid was the very first YouTube Channel that I started watching in regards to video editing. I still have my notifications on and watch a LOT of these videos. I used one of them to make the intro for my photography company’s videos for my clients even. Do You have any YouTube Accounts I need to subscribe to? These are just a few of the YouTube Content Creators that I subscribe to. So, are you a tutorial creator and think I need to check out your channel? Let me know down in the comments below! READ SOMETHING ELSE Pin Me!

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The Best Lightroom Tips For Instagram

As a blogger and photographer I have learned over time that it is VERY important to keep all of my images consistent. And as a way to do that I have figured that since I am already paying for Lightroom, I might as well also take full advantage of what I am paying for. I am paying for the full Adobe Creative Cloud, which you can find out more information about here: https://odysseyswithlove.com/AdobeCreativeCloud BUT if you don’t need or want all of the Creative Cloud apps, you can get just Lightroom and Photoshop at a cheaper rate with their photographer plan https://odysseyswithlove.com/GetAdobeLightroom.  So today, we are going to learn how we can get image that are consistent. Even when you are on the run and using your cell phone to post images. Lightroom Presets on your cell phone, how to get Lightroom presets on your phone, how to get your photos on your phone to your computer and so so much more.  Presets Are A Time Saver Even as a photographer, I use Presets in my every day work. I recently purchased something that I REALLY REALLY love. Pretty Presets. I purchased the PRETTY FILM: Bohemian Collection from Pretty Presets and I am completely in love with my images for both my client work and work here on the blog.  As time goes on you will soon see more images with one particular preset. Serendipity. It is my favorite out of all of the presets in this collection. https://odysseyswithlove.com/PrettyPresetsBohemianCollection (I don’t have a discount code anymore for this but it is WAY worth the money).  Download Lightroom On Your Cell Phone My Biggest Tip for Instagram or just your blog in general is to download the Lightroom CC app for your cell phone. Lightroom For iPhone and Lightroom for Android. There are great tutorials on how to get your cell phone to sync with Lightroom so not only do you have all of your cell phones images on your computer, but you are also able to have certain Lightroom collections synced with you your cell phone. You are then able to send photos back and forth between devices with out having to come up with odd methods to get things from your computer to your cell and your cell to your computer.  But how do you get your presets to your cell? I am not going to take Pretty Presets thunder on this one, I REALLY want you to visit their site to learn how to do this. They have the best and, in my honest opinion, easiest method to get the presets you want to your cell phone to edit images on the go. Their post Using Presets in Lightroom Mobile Apps is a must read.  What About Sizing Images? What size images should you be uploading to Instagram? If you are uploading a portrait oriented image, selecting 4 X 5 is the best and for Landscape images, you might want to send it over to your computer to do the 1.91 X 1 . Uploading a video 16 X 9 is the best size for these.  Do you have any tips for Lightroom for Instagram? These are just a few things that I have learned. Do you know of any other tips and tricks?  READ SOMETHING ELSE Pin Me!  

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The Easiest Way To Create A Child Theme In WordPress

I promised that I would talk about Child Themes and how to use them in the post How to Create a Affiliate or Sponsored Post Disclaimer the other day, and I can’t wait to share with you the easiest way to create one in just a few minutes without having to use FTP software or getting into your file manager in your hosting provider.  I originally learn to do this the hard way, going in and copy and pasting the information from the “Parent Theme” into a new folder, changing code text and more. So this newest method is SO easy! BUT! Check with your theme developer to see if they already provide you with a child theme. I am currently using OceanWP theme since it is compatible with Elementor. The developer there was kind enough to provide a Child Theme for download! So make sure to check there to save you the trouble of creating a new child theme when one is ready to go for you.  What Is A Child Theme? And Why Do You Need One? A Child theme is a number of extra files that we add to our site that is based off of the original theme we have installed. The child theme uses all the files that originate with parent theme, but allows you to make changes that override the original theme in a separate theme folder. This way, when you click on update for your theme and the old files are replaced with new ones, your changes are all safe because they are within a separate theme. Using a child theme keeps all the core file of your parent theme secure. Don’t go rooting around in your parent theme fiddling with files as you could  potentially damage something that could crash your site. When you create a child theme, you only have two files in there so there’s less chance of accidentally break any of the functionality of your website. How Do You Create A Child Theme? First the easiest way is by downloading one from your theme provider. In all honesty I only have one reason so far to have a child theme. For my Affiliate and Sponsored Post Disclaimer. If you are wanting to change your CSS files to customize your site, then you REALLY want to have a child theme. There are many tutorials out there to do this manually, but I have found a Plugin that you WANT to download! Download the Childify Me Plugin You can go and look for the Childify Me Plugin from your Dashboard or just CLICK HERE to go to the Childify Me Plugin WordPress page. It is by Rocco Aliberti.  Install Your Plugin! From your dashboard, head down to plugins, and Add New. You will them either search for the Childify Me plugin or if you downloaded it, click on Upload Plugin.  Locate the file in your downloads folder or where ever you downloaded the plugin to. Select Install.  The next thing you will do is Activate the Plugin.  Go to the appearance tab to themes. When you find the parent theme you want to create a child theme of, hover over that and select Live Preview.  While in the live preview you will notice that there is now the option to Childify Me at the bottom of the customization screen. Click this and rename the theme to “Your WordPress Theme Child”  After you save it, you can now see the new theme in the Themes window. You can now start editing your WordPress Site how ever you wish.  Did This Tutorial Help You? We would love to hear from you and learn if any of this helped you in creating a Child Theme for your WordPress Site! Questions or Comments are always welcome and we love hearing from you!  PIN ME! Want to be able to come back and read this again? Pin one of these images!  

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How To Create A Affiliate Or Sponsored Post Disclaimer

One of the reasons I created Odysseys With Love, is to make money from doing a few things we love. I am not looking to replace all of my income with the blogging income, but it would be nice to be like those Bloggers that claim to be making six figures or more one day from this site. Two methods bloggers use to make an income is Affiliate Links and Sponsored Post.  Affiliate Links are links on a website that when a reader clicks on it, it takes them to another website and if that reader purchases something, the blogger makes a small percentage or commission on that sale. Sponsored Post are blog articles that paid articles that the sponsor is paying the blogger to write.  Those that use Affiliate Links and Sponsored Post are required by law to make a disclosure. Those that use deceptive advertising face serious potential action. The Washington Post shared: The Federal Trade Commission said that companies engaging in word-of-mouth marketing, in which people are compensated to promote products to their peers, must disclose those relationships. … I found a tutorial a while back on how I could display my affiliate disclosure easily without having to type it out every time. Just a click of a button on WordPress in the Post section in the back end of WordPress.  So how do I disclose? It is the first thing a reader reads on my article. I don’t want it to be in the post preview or the excerpt. It has to be before the actual affiliate link. So how did I get the disclaimer where I did without it showing? Keep Reading Below…. Download Or Create A Child Theme I honestly believe that every blogger should be using a child theme. If you are changing anything about your theme, you HAVE to use a child theme because if the theme developer makes any changes or updates the theme, you loose ALL of your work.  I am lucky because my theme developer has already created a child theme for me to download and install. So go check out your developers website and see if they provide one for you.  If not, check out my tutorial on how to create a child theme in just a few minutes.  Download The Advance Custom Fields Plugin Install and activate Advanced Custom Field plugin.  Create Custom Fields Now lets create the fields by clicking on Custom Fields in the tool bar. Create a new Field Group and name it Affiliate Disclaimer.  Click on Add Field and Under Field Label enter Affiliate Disclaimer.  The field name will automatically populate with affiliate_disclaimer. You will need this later on.  The Field Type will be Checkbox.  Under choices enter Display Affiliate Disclaimer : Display Affiliate Disclaimer Now if you want to have a default you can enter Display Affiliate Disclaimer in the Default Value Now repeat this with but replace the Affiliate Disclaimer with Sponsored Post.  DON’T GET SCARED! This is why I said you HAVE TO HAVE a child theme! We are going into the back end of your hosting providers FTP. I am with iPage and go into File Manager.  Navigate to wp-content > themes. Here you will see your parent theme and your child theme. If you don’t see the child theme GO BACK and make one now!  Go into your parent theme folder and find the file thats called single.php, singular.php, or something along those lines.  Once you open that file, type something like Hello and save the file. Look at a post on your site, and see if that is where you want your disclaimer. Its ok to test with this and move the words around.  The code below can be change to to what ever words you want. I like including a link to my disclosure policy. The first is my Affiliate Disclaimer, The second is my Sponsored Post. Spice it up! Change the words, make it fun! Check It Out! Lets head back over to your website and create a new post. Underneath the content area, you can now see the Affiliate Disclaimer and Sponsored Post disclaimer check boxes! Click that and preview the post! There it is!  Did You Try It? Did you try out my tutorial? Let us know down in the comments below what wording you used! Follow Us On Social Media Facebook Instagram Pinterest Youtube Twitter Google-plus Want to download one of my free resources? Join The Tribe and receive the Password once your email and opt-in are confirmed!  Join The Tribe! This form collects information we will use to send you weekly updates, special offers, exclusive newsletter-only content, first look at what is new in the resource library, Monthly Giveaways and so much more! Read Our Privacy Policy I Want In Now! Your In! You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Head over to our Resource Library while you wait for your first email! Make sure to check your spam folder! The confirmation email may have been delivered there. Once you are confirmed, you are eligible to win the monthly giveaway!

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Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Bedroom

I have known for years now that Skyler LOVES Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas. This Christmas, James got her a poster for her room of Jack, and it has me thinking that its time to re-decorate her room. Why not decorate it with a Nightmare Before Christmas Theme. Making My Own Printables I have Photoshop for a reason. I use to love making scrapbook digital elements, so I have a little knowledge of making things for these printables. I started off searching for silhouettes of Jack and also of Jack and Sally together. If I wasn’t able to find a silhouette, I found images that had a white or solid color background. Using the Magic Wand Tool, I selected the solid backgrounds and inverted my selection. I added a new layer and then using the flood fill I filled in the new selection. This gave me a blank canvas. Under this layer I always flood fill it with white, or what ever color I want the background to be, but for today’s, I used white. I had a few stock images of watercolors that I knew Skyler would love, so I added those to a new layer above my new silhouette. Right Clicking on this layer, I selected create Clipping Mask. This applies this layer only to the black silhouette. The only other thing I did was add a few words to a couple of them Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Bedroom I created a wishlist on amazon for the things that I am either going to start buying or, since I am so lucky to have such a handy man in our lives, have James make. The dresser, nightstand, and artist table are things that he can make for us. The artist table would be even better because it would be more solid, and I can have a light box in the top for her. As you know I have the printable above that you can just click on and save if you wish. The Paint color is Sapphire Glow by Valspar and is available at Lowes. Amazon Wish List GreenForest Twin Size Metal Bed Frame with Stable Metal Slats Stable Headboard/Black 6-PIECE Black Bed-in-a-Bag Comforter Set Fancee Nightstand Fancee Dresser Simple Designs Mosaic Tiled Glass Genie Table Lamp Kenney Mirror Mosiac Glass Window Curtain Rod WPM 2 Piece Beautiful Sheer Window Elegance Curtains In Black and Dark Purple Studio Designs 10088 Triflex Drawing HSicily LED USB String Lights Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Portable Pet House Dog Bed / Cat Bed  Do you have a themed bedroom or one of your children? Let us know down in the comment section below.   Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receive weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! Opt in to receive news and updates. I Want In Now! Thank you! You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Head over to our Freebie Library now! The Password is OWL2018

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RV Life | How To Choose A Tow Vehicle

Now that we have started our search for a vintage Airstream, we need to start thinking about choosing a Tow Vehicle. The most important thing in choosing tow vehicle is knowing what we will be towing behind us. Since we don’t know the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Ratio) of the Airstream we will be towing, I am going to go off of a new 2018 Airstream Flying Cloud 30FB Bunk model.

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Love Languages | 78 Ideas for Your Acts of Service Partner

Back in November, I wrote the post, His Love Language is Physical Touch and shared 50 ideas for the physical touch partner. Today, I am going to share ideas for the partner whos love language is Acts of Service. This is my love language, and James comes by speaking this easily. He seems to do something small every day at least that speaks to me in this way letting me know that he does love me. So What is the Love Language, Acts of Service? If you head over to the 5 Love Languages website, you will see that this love language is for those people who actions speak louder than words.  This is doing things that your partner would like you to do. You seek to please them by serving them. Expressing your love by doing things for your partner. This love language literally means being in service to your partner. Actions that require thought, planning, time, effort and energy done in a positive light, all express love. It is the simple things that mean the most to the person whose love language is Acts of Service. The video below explains it pretty well. 78 Ideas for the Acts of Service Partner Ask “How can I help?” Ask “How can I make it better?” Ask if they need you to pick anything up on the way home. Ask their advice and follow it. Bathe and groom the dog. Bring their car for an oil change. Bring them dinner if they have to work late. Bring them lemonade or ice water when they’re doing yard work. Bring treats to their office. Clean the cat litter box. Clean their computer monitor. Change the lightbulbs in all the lamps. Draw them a bubble bath. Do a home improvement project they have hinted at. Do the one thing they have been bugging you to do before they have to bug you again. Do their least favorite chore for them. Do something they forgot. Doing the dishes Doing the laundry Doing things without being asked. Fill up their car with gas. Fixing things around the house. Fold all the socks in their sock drawer. Frame their favorite quote. Give them a pedicure. Give them uninterrupted video game time or time to watch a sporting event. Go to the museum or exhibit they have been dying to see. Have dinner ready when they get home. Help them clean out the garage. Helping them with a project. Hire a maid for the day, or better yet, clean the whole house top to bottom. Hold the doors open. Let them choose the movie. Let them sleep in. Look for opportunities to serve them. Make a list of the things they have requested or mentioned needed to be done. Then make it a point to do one once a week or so. Make a special dessert for them. Make lunch for them the next day. Make the bed. Make them a cup of coffee or tea. Make them breakfast. Make them breakfast in bed. Mow the lawn. Offer to give them a back rub. Offer to give them a foot massage. Offer to wash their hair for them. Organize a surprise party for their birthday. Pamper them. Pick up a bottle of their favorite wine or case of their favorite beer. Pick up a small trinket they would like but wouldn’t buy for themselves. Plan a weekend getaway where they have to do nothing but enjoy. Plug in their phone if they forgot. Print and frame their favorite photo. Put love notes in their lunch. Put the kids to bed. Rake the leaves. Run their errands so they can rest. Sacrificing what you want to do for them. Say “Can I help you with that, honey?” and then do it. Send them flowers at work. Shine their shoes. Shovel the snow without being asked. Subscribe them to a magazine they may like. Surprise them at work with their favorite coffee drink. Surprise them with a bonfire and s’mores. Surprise them with their favorite treat. Treat them to a night at a hotel. Their Choice, ask them to write down the things they would like done, and then work on getting these things done. Warm their towel in the dryer after their shower. Wash their car. Wash their favorite coffee mug. Water the plants for them. Take care of the kids for one whole night. Take out the trash without being asked. Take the dog for a walk. Thank them for the acts of service they do for you. Untangle a mess or cords. Visit them with their favorite lunch.  

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Photography Tips For Beginners & FREE Resource Download

I can not believe the school year is halfway over and Skyler will soon be moving on to 7th grade. One of the things we started to talk about the other day is extracurricular activities that she can participate in. We already know Art is one of the classes she will want to take. It is something that she loves and thoroughly. That is when she asked me about taking pictures and if that would be considered art. Introducing Skyler To Photography. Photography is art, and it always will be. It is a art form that I am very passionate about. So now that Skyler might be taking even the slightest bit of interest, I am EXTREMELY excited. Over the years she has helped me when I had clients and needed my scrim or if I needed help with my lights when I tried the in home studio. I told her that photography isn’t just about taking a photo. It is about seeing the light. If she is wanting to take pictures of people, that is being able to see them in their best light and composing the image to make a story. If she is wanting to take photos of landscapes or things, she will still need to see the light and learn composing. Digital Photography has made trying photography not only affordable, but also fairly easy. When I was growing up, I had disposable cameras and had to wait to get my images back after having them processed. Now, I have a large memory card in my camera and I am able to take as many images as I want. Digital Photography is also now available on our cell phones, and with the advancement in technology, cell phone photography is actually rather good. My little iPhone is easier for me to lug around than my rather bulky DSLR. DSLR VS Point and Shoot VS Cell Phone for beginners. As I said, years ago I started with picking up disposable cameras. When Skyler was little, I got my first point and shoot. Over the years I have upgraded my cameras and now currently own a Canon Rebel T5.  

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How To Earn Money While Living Full-Time in an RV

James and I are still young and we still need to have an income right now and also when we get on the road and start traveling full time in the Airstream when we have it. I knew I would have a small income coming in from my photography business, and it is also one of the reasons I started this website.

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Hi! Im Megan! I am a photographer and writer behind Odysseys With Love. I am a Mother and Wife and enjoy sharing our everyday life journey. From our The Mesquite Texas Guide and Wandering In DFW to helping other bloggers work from home, I love what I do. 

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