I've been streaming for about one week now (I did my first stream on March 31. I did my first weaving stream on April 1.) I really enjoy it but I thought I'd record some thoughts on the process and the experience.
Getting everything set up was pretty easy. I use Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and it has worked with almost no problems. I was unable to get it to capture the video from one game but otherwise, I've had no trouble. For my camera, I use a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 and it too has been easy to use.
Physically, it has been a tiny bit difficult getting things the way I want them. I'm still not sure about my setup with my large loom.
The first photo is the best lighting, it's in the morning, around 10 am. The middle is alright, though it got darker as I went on during that stream. That was around 7 pm. The right image is the worst lighting, this is at night so past 8 pm. The 8 pm ones don't look terrible but I wish I could get the lighting to look at least a bit better. I might try a different lamp next time.
I'm also unsure about the setup as far as what you can see in the image. It looks to me like there's too much extra, too much wall and background compared to how much of the view is the weaving. I also wish I didn't show up in the image but that's probably just my self esteem talking, hah. It might be nice for the viewer to see (part of) my face sometimes. Plus, I don't think I can keep my face out of view, it's difficult enough as it is. It's difficult because I have to lean in sometimes and even when I'm not leaning in, I get in the view because of how much the camera shows.
I can't just zoom in with the camera's zoom because that decreases the quality of the video. So I'm unsure how to solve this issue. Maybe if I should clean up the far corner, it'll give a cleaner image. I could also keep my yarn and toolbox off screen but that spot behind the loom is convenient for me. I'm not sure but I'll figure it out. Or I could keep it the way it is, I haven't gotten any complaints about these things. These are just my thoughts.
The long one took me a long time to do - it sat on my loom for a while. I just didn't feel inspired.
And then I was told about Twitch Creative! It's a section on the streaming website Twitch.tv that is meant for artists. People create all kinds of things and stream it live. I looked into what it would take for me to do it, bought a webcam, and got started.
You can find me on Twitch here, my username there is TinandTim. Please check it out! If you follow me, you get an email whenever I start streaming. Or you can see when I'll be starting by looking at my Tumblr blog since I will be trying to make my streaming announcements there.
So far I've done 10 streams including two gaming streams, one embroidery stream, and seven weaving streams. I really enjoy doing it. As I said, I was having trouble working on the long weaving but when I decided to stream my creative stuff, I jumped right back into it! I finished the long blue one and got started on the geometric one the very next day! I feel like I get more done when streaming and I'm not sure why.
I'll be posting my thoughts on creative streaming here once in a while, I set up a new category for it titled simply, Streaming. I also might set up a page here with information about my Twitch channel and creative streaming in general.
And I still have three more monochrome woven necklaces to post!! I have to get them up but first I have to photograph one of them again because I had to fix it a bit (It's fine, it's just that when I wove it, I left a gap in it and that's fine on a wall hanging but I thought I should sew it shut since it's a necklace. So I did that but it looks just slightly different than before so I need to take new pictures of it.) Once I take pictures of it, I will list the last three and post about it here and elsewhere.
I'm very excited about moving forward with my work, including streaming. Like I said, I enjoy doing the streams so much and it has given me renewed excitement and interest in my artwork.
Christine, artist and maker