Tips for shooting amazing travel videos
Making a travel video is a great way to re-live memories and share your trip with others! Whether your video is made in collaboration with a sponsor or simply for your own enjoyment, you’ll likely want the best quality possible. A little pre-planning will go a long way.
Videos for Vlogs
In vlogs, you act as the host of the trip, talking directly to the audience and giving commentary and updates from time to time. You’ll need a camera with a front-facing screen, so you can tell where you are in the frame. Film a travel guide if you prefer more informative videos. This style is usually a bit more distanced and professional than a vlog. You’ll show off the destination rather than the personal details of your specific trip. You’ll probably want a higher quality camera, as the quality informs your authority as a guide. Viewers are less likely to watch a travel guide filmed on a cell phone camera.
Using Smartphone Camera
Use your smartphone if you don’t have anything else. If you want to make a travel video but you don’t have any equipment, don’t worry—you can still make a great video with your smartphone! Your footage likely won’t look professional, but you can still get some clear, vibrant shots with your phone camera. This option works best with vlogs, as they’re more informal and personal. Make sure to set your video quality to its highest setting, such as “1080p HD at 60 fps” on an iPhone. Smartphones generally don’t capture low light well, so try to film during the day as much as possible.
Using Action Camera
Use a GoPro for adventure activities. If you’ll be filming activities like surfing, skiing, or motorcycling, you’ll want a hardy camera that mounts easily to your equipment. Use a GoPro and make sure to buy any accessories you may need, such as straps, mounts, and protective cases. The basic GoPro model starts at $150 USD, but the company also makes a wide variety of accessories and higher-end GoPro cameras. GoPro footage tends to look more washed out, but that can be fixed during editing.
Don’t forget to pack
Don’t forget your gear for filming on the trip. TRIPOD, if possible for steady shots. EXTRA BATTERIES and charger, depending the length of the trip. If you don’t have extra battery for your camera, use a power bar, and you can plug in your camera anytime. In many cases, power bars are cheaper options, than camera-specific batteries. STORAGE, either an extra SD card or another device, where you can download your media files, once your internal storage is full.
Making a travel video is a great way to re-live memories and share your trip with others! Whether your video is made in collaboration with a sponsor or simply for your own enjoyment, you’ll likely want the best quality possible.
Avoid shaking the camera
If possible, use a tripod. If you don’t have a tripod, try stabilizing your arm and hold the camera with 2 hands. Shakiness lowers the quality of the footage and tends to look amateurish. Try to keep the camera as steady as possible for smooth, professional footage. Shaky footage can be improved with stabilization (it is a process during editing).
Include people in your video
Travel videos aren’t just about beautiful landscape and detail shots. Inserting shots of people’s enjoying and reacting to a location can also really connect with viewers’ emotions. Dialogue and interviews with people can also make your video even more compelling.
Keep camera lenses clean
Smudges on your lens will appear on the video and it can’t be removed.
Avoid zooming while filming
If you want a closer shot, try getting closer to the source. Zooming in or out once in a while is nice, but you need to do it very slowly. Many people constantly zoom in and out, while filming. Once, you watch a video recorded this way, you will stop zooming once and for all.
Pay attention to the direction of the light, specially, when filming outside in the sun. Indoor light conditions, we can’t always control, but the good news is, color and balance can be corrected or improved during editing.
Be aware of vertical video
If you are planning to get your videos edited and then watched on tv or any bigger screen eventually, you need to hold your phone horizontally, when filming. Remember, we live in a world of widescreen cinema, HD TVs and laptops. Once you filmed vertically, there will be blank black areas on both sides of the video, when watching on widescreen.
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