So, you’re about to go on holiday and you want to make a great travel video. Unfortunately, it’s harder said than done: shooting amazing footage is about more than just pointing a camera at beautiful things, you need to really think about what you’re doing, and how you’re going to piece together the final product. But not to worry, in this article, we are going to give you a few easy tips on how to make a great travel video.
Most amateur videographers will always film at eye level, and this is fine, but it’s not exciting either. By holding your camera below the waist you create a “child’s eye view”, simultaneously giving the object of your shot a “larger than life” appearance. Mixing up low angled, mid and high angles will make your video more interesting.
Use strategic movement or no movement at all
Walking with a camera can create a shaky image, so if you want a moving shot there are better ways to do it. For example, pan your camera from side to side or up/down in a smooth and graceful movement. This will instantly make your clip look more professional.
What this means is that if you are filming say, a woman running, you want to edit the shot so that it begins just after the action starts but cuts to the next scene before the action ends. This creates a sense of the movie “flowing together.”
The hour before the sun rises and after it sets gives the best light conditions for filming. Take advantage of this time by shooting silhouettes.
With both digital cameras and phone cameras you should change your settings depending on what you are filming. 1080p 60fps is best for shooting a moving object, whereas 4K 30fps gives higher for high resolution and is best for still shots.
Below are our favorite peices of tech for creating great travel videos:
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This case is great for iPhone videographers and can be used to enhance your selfie videos and vlogs with its front light, and for illuminating your scene with the backlight.
This handy camera mount will allow you to take hands-free video wherever you are. The bendable legs let you fix your camera to almost anything and will help you adjust the height of your shot to get a better angle. (This mount is for phones and point and shoot cameras only)
If you want to go heavyweight with your video skills, but don’t want to break the bank, then now’s the time to invest in a DSLR. The NIKON D330 is the best entry level DSLR and takes incredible HQ video. It’s also very lightweight, making it the perfect travel companion.ot cameras only)
It’s a good idea to keep a few of these spare in your camera bag as you don’t want to run out of memory while you’re out shooting. As a general rule, a 32 Gb card is what you wanna buy, and no larger in case the file gets corrupted.
Everyone loves a GoPro, a camera that’s waterproof, smash proof and generally travel-proof. This tiny camera is great for taking action shots and can be paired with clever mounts covering all kinds of situations. We recommend the: