The results are in! Which is best – photo vs. video tutorial. For November’s I Love Home BOM giveaway, I asked you to leave a comment telling me which type of tutorial was your favorite. I had 544 responses! Thank you all for participating and helping me gain more insight for future blog posts. I wish I could respond to all of your comments, but trust that I read and appreciate each one.
It looks like 70% of you prefer photo tutorials, 15% prefer video and 15% want both!
There were a lot of great responses that included your reasoning for voting the way you did. Here’s a recap of what some of you said:
- You like photo tutorials because you can go at your own pace and take your time to study the photos.
- Photo tutorials are best because you can print out what you need and take it to the sewing machine.
- The instructions stick better in your mind when you can read them instead of listen to them.
- You like photo tutorials because they don’t take up as much data and are faster to load.
- Some videos are too long and the quality is poor. Hands and bad camera angles can get in the way, too.
- You like photos so you don’t disturb those around you and/or you don’t have earphones.
- Photo tutorials are easier and quicker to get right to the information that you need.
- You prefer photo tutorials which allow you to follow the instruction step by step while making the project. It is much easier than trying to pause a video over and over. (Maryellen)
- Video allows you to really comprehend the technique. Some techniques are too detailed to “get” with just photos.
- You like the detail that comes with video instruction.
- You enjoy the interaction with the instructor from a video and the entertainment value (at times).
- You learn best from watching someone demonstrate a pattern or technique “live”.
- You like to watch a video tutorial first and then have a photo tutorial to refer to later.
- Both types of tutorials are great as long as they are well done.
Fortunately, I appreciate a good photo tutorial – both the making of one and reading others. As a quilt teacher, I know the value of good instruction and it’s important to me that a tutorial is done well. And my dear friends, I am working on a few right now! They will be coming your way after Thanksgiving, unless I am able to get one done this weekend.
I have toyed with the idea of doing my own videos, but that would require an investment of time, equipment and another pair of hands. The good news is that I hope to begin working with The Quilt Show again in 2018, and getting behind the video camera soon. What do you think of a video series on the latest quilting gadgets, rulers, techniques etc? I’m thinking of pitching that idea unless you have a better one (let me know)!
And now I’m happy to announce the giveaway winner of the Olfa prize package from November: Carol McClain, comment #444 said “I prefer photo tutorials”. Congratulations!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day!