DigitalRev, the popular photography channel out of Hong Kong has lost Kai Wong, Lok Cheung, and Alamby Leung. You might not realize this but this make the most popular photography channel on Youtube basically dead.
Some might make the case that this is not a bad thing for people in the HDR Photography niche as Kai Wong was quite the jerk about High Dynamic Range imagery on many occasions. However, I think people are missing the point.
As HDR photographers, we are first just photographers. The contribution offered to the wider community from DigitalRev was quite large and very important. Without it, there is a void that will have to be filled.
What is DigitalRev and why it matters
First of all, they are a community of photographers. After that, they are a retailer of camera gear. Thirdly, they are a Youtube channel. They are a very popular channel at that.
The channel lost Alamby Leung to start with a few years ago. It created a void. However, Kai Wong and Lok Cheung trucked along and made it work for the company.
Now, both of them have resigned from the company as well. They have both started their own Youtube channel!
What will happen to Kai Wong?
Well, as I understand it, he is living in Germany now and still doing camera reviews. It is bootstrapping the project as he does not have the budget of DigitalRev anymore. However, it will make things more interesting and well, realistic.
I have always liked his “can do” spirit and that will not change just because he is not with DigitalRev anymore. He really does encourage me to think in fresh ways.
Lok Cheung is also try to make it on his own in social media. He does not have the presense of Kai Wong but he does have a sizable following already and he should do fine.
Like many, I will be watching them and see what becomes of the three.