Summer camp directors take a lot of video. Some use a professional service like CampTV for their promotion videos but also have more candid videos that they shoot throughout the summer. Speaking at camp and recreation conferences around the country, I am frequently asked how summer camps can take advantage of the marketing opportunities online video can bring. I proudly recommend Steve Garfield’s book Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business (The New Rules of Social Media). Disclosure: I was given a free copy of the book for being on the editing team. I also bought my own copy.
Just like everything Steve does, he speaks about technological issues in a manner most anyone can understand. The book is designed for a range of skill levels from the beginner who wants to get into online video but doesn’t even know where to start to the more advanced individual who wants to take video online. Unlink most technical books that only give you technical information, Steve’s book is filled with stories from his experiences as well as advice from the most successful online video creators. That makes for a well balanced read. It is a book you can go through for the rich stories and to also have on the shelf to look up technical questions like: different ways to share video online, compression settings, shooting live video, video blogging, lighting, mics, etc.
I also recommend joining his online video community where people gather to ask questions and share ideas. Get Seen: Online Video Secrets: Sharing knowledge about online video.