Our Biggest DISASTERS While Making Our YouTube Show | The PetaPixel Podcast

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes while creating a YouTube show? The PetaPixel Podcast is no exception when it comes to experiencing its fair share of disasters during production. From technical glitches to unexpected interruptions, the team behind the show has encountered numerous challenges that can be both frustrating and entertaining. Join us in this blog as we take a lighthearted look at some of our biggest blunders and mishaps, and how we managed to turn these disasters into valuable learning experiences. Whether you’re a content creator or simply curious about the inner workings of a YouTube show, get ready for a fun and insightful journey into the world of podcast production!

Our Biggest DISASTERS While Making Our YouTube Show

Welcome everyone to the PetaPixel Podcast! It’s Jordan Drake here with my friend Chris Nichols and my other friend Jaren. This week, we’re going to talk about some of the biggest disasters we’ve ever had while making our YouTube show, The PetaPixel Podcast.

The Viral Battle at F-stop Ridge

Before we dive into our disasters, I want to take a moment to celebrate because this has been the biggest week I have ever had on YouTube. We had two gigantic videos that went viral, including the Blair doc documentary that was previously not doing well. Now, it’s blowing up and I couldn’t be happier about it. So, let’s give ourselves a round of applause and pat ourselves on the back for this achievement.

Introducing Our Sponsor: OM Systems

But before we delve into our disasters, let’s thank our sponsor, OM Systems, for their support. They have an exciting promotion going on right now. If your camera gear is outdated and you want to upgrade to something more capable, OM Systems is offering a trade-in program. This exclusive offer allows you to trade in any qualified interchangeable lens camera and get credit towards an existing camera upgrade. The promotion ends on October 1st, so make sure to take advantage of it soon.

For example, you can trade in your camera and get the incredible OM1 with the 12 to 40 F2.8 Pro 2 lens kit, receiving a $200 instant rebate and a $200 trade-in bonus coupon. They’re offering hundreds of dollars in savings on this kit, so visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel for more details and other camera examples. It’s a great opportunity to kick start your journey with a new OM Systems camera.

The Plena Lens

Now, let’s talk about the Plena lens. We have been receiving feedback on the correct pronunciation, and by the time this podcast is released, we may have figured it out. We’re always grateful for the pedantic viewers in our comment section who guide us in the right direction.

During our limited time with the Plena lens, we noticed its engineering possibilities. While many lenses are designed with compromises and rely on digital processing, the Plena lens takes an old-school approach of focusing on optical performance. The bokeh is gorgeous, with beautiful soft transitions. Even though it’s a pre-production lens, it’s undeniably sharp. We’re curious to hear Jared’s mom’s thoughts on the photos we took with the Plena lens.

Jared, did your mom appreciate the portraits we took?

Jared: My mom was very pleased with the photos you took of me. As someone who doesn’t frequently have their picture taken, she loved the quality of the images. I might even update my LinkedIn profile thanks to these photos.

Learning from Our Disasters

Now, let’s get back on track and discuss the disasters we’ve experienced while making our YouTube show. We must admit that sometimes we are at fault for these disasters, and other times, it’s beyond our control. However, we’ve learned valuable lessons from each of these experiences and have grown as content creators.

Some disasters include technical issues during recording, avoiding reading the comments section, and facing the challenges of producing a show week after week. We understand the importance of taking responsibility for our mistakes while also recognizing that mistakes are inevitable in any creative endeavor.


Join us for the rest of this episode as we delve deeper into our biggest disasters and share our viewers’ questions submitted through SpeakPipe. It’s going to be an insightful and entertaining segment that highlights the ups and downs of creating content for YouTube. Stay tuned!

FAQ: Our Biggest DISASTERS While Making Our YouTube Show

Frequently Asked Questions: Our Biggest DISASTERS While Making Our YouTube Show

Q: What is the YouTube show about?

A: The YouTube show is called “The PetaPixel Podcast” and it covers various topics related to photography, gear reviews, industry news, and interviews with photographers.

Q: Can you share some of the biggest disasters you’ve encountered while making the show?

A: Sure! Here are a few memorable disasters we’ve faced:

  1. Technical glitches during live recordings that resulted in episodes being cut off midway.
  2. Loss of audio files due to computer crashes, resulting in the need to re-record entire episodes.
  3. Microphone malfunctions leading to poor audio quality and unintelligible recordings.
  4. Guest scheduling conflicts resulting in last-minute cancellations, causing major reshuffling of episode topics and guests.
  5. Power outages during recording sessions, leading to interrupted shows and loss of momentum.
  6. Internet connection failures during live streaming, causing the show to freeze or abruptly end.

Q: How have you dealt with these disasters?

A: Despite the challenges, we have learned valuable lessons from each disaster and have implemented a few measures to minimize their impact:

  • Improving technical setup and regularly testing equipment before recording sessions to prevent glitches.
  • Implementing a backup system to automatically save recordings and backing up files in multiple locations to avoid loss.
  • Using high-quality microphones and audio editing techniques to enhance the audio clarity and minimize potential issues.
  • Maintaining open communication with guests and having backup plans in place to quickly replace canceled guests.
  • Investing in backup power sources, such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), to ensure uninterrupted recording sessions.
  • Choosing reliable internet service providers and having contingency plans for alternative connections during live streaming.

Q: Are these disasters common in the production of YouTube shows?

A: While technical mishaps and scheduling difficulties can occur in any production, including YouTube shows, the specific challenges we’ve faced might vary from what others encounter. However, it’s not uncommon for content creators to experience similar issues, especially when dealing with technology-dependent processes.

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