Driving along an exquisite coastal road, you may well feel as though you’re in another world. The scenery is so magnificent you just have to capture it on the video to share with others. The whole idea of cool travel videos like this is to inspire those who may not get to ever see it or inspire others to see the visuals and sounds and book themselves the trip.
Study travel videos
To get the gist of how to make great travel videos, take a look at plenty of travel videos that appeal to you and that other people have taken. You’ll soon be inspired to take your own. Shoot as much as you can because once you start editing, you know how it is. You suddenly feel as though you don “t have enough material to put together what you have in mind.
When shooting with an iPhone, shoot horizontally. This is to avoid those black bars found on the side of your screen when you shoot vertically. Your computer and TV are set up to display footage horizontally.
Choose your platform
This is an important step for making travel videos. Where are your videos going to be – your website, maybe? You need to pick a video format and platform as it can make a difference to the way you shoot your video. Before you get started, decide which channel is right for the content.
Create a story
With all your footage, you’ll need to keep your wits about you and plan carefully to create a story that flows. You want to make sure your video clips are all well connected. Of course, you will need to have your camera ready for those one-in-a-million shots that will fit into a certain part of your story. You’ll need an intro, body, and conclusion for the story you create.
Reduce the size of the videos
You’ll have to know how to compress video because it can take up a lot of space. Video compression is about encoding a video file so as to use up less space than the original file. It makes sense then that it would be easier to send over the Internet.
Choose the right camera
Once you know which format you’ll be shooting in, decide on the camera you want to shoot with. If you’re shooting a travel video, choose a camera you’re confident and comfortable with, whether it’s an iPhone or DSLR. What about taking an online photography course? Maybe you’re not 100% sure about how your camera works. Even if you only use your cell phone’s video camera, you can always learn how to take better photos.
Eliminate the shakes
If you’re holding your phone in your hand while filming, the footage will inevitably shake. Why not consider a gimbal? A gimbal eliminates the need to lug around a tripod, and it stabilizes your camera and comes with sensors and motors, allowing your camera to turn smoothly. With a gimbal, you can expect smooth, blur-free footage minus that unprofessional shake.
Drone aerial photos
Capturing travel scenes from an aerial point of view is guaranteed to offer impactful photograph landscapes. To be noted is that aerial photography is no longer the realm of photography pros. If you want to take your travel videos to new heights, drones are easy to operate these days and they’re far more affordable too. You may even find you get to learn about this kind of photography on your photography course.
Incorporate people more
You know what it’s like when your friend shows you images of their getaway and it’s just one landscape after the next. You kind of find it boring. Part of what makes travel videos so appealing will be incorporating people into your videos more as it just makes the story more interesting and authentic too.
Music for the mood
Music can have a huge influence on the way people feel when they view your travel videos. When watching waves crashing against the rocks, what music comes to mind? Or when you’re in the middle of New York with skyscrapers everywhere you look, what music comes to mind then? Music and sound effects are essential to the travel video viewing experience, and viewers can take their emotional cues from the music you use for certain scenes.
There is an abundance of travel videos to keep you engaged and inspired. But do they really keep you engaged? Will you be able to keep people watching? The proliferation of digital cameras on smartphones lets everyone shoot, but how can you be a winner travel video photographer? One last tip that can be useful is to not try and pack your entire trip into your travel video but to select an exciting single aspect of your trip and commit wholeheartedly and professionally to that.