How to create an epic holiday video

18 April 2018

If you start filming from the start, you can tell the story of your entire journey, or break it up into chapters for separate videos. Another tip is to pick one topic to focus on in your video, for example, a day out in Bali.

Be part of your story

Remember to include yourself in the story. If you’re travelling solo, use a selfie stick, or be creative with reflective surfaces or set up your camera on the ground and stage a walk-by.

Include the scenery

Chances are, you’ll want to show off the local architecture, people and views, so remember to set include the scenery. When taking photos of people, and especially children, ask if you can take their picture.

Get interesting angles

Getting good angles is all about using the right gear. Use a handheld video camera like the GoPro HERO and keep it steady with GorillaPod flexible tripod that “wraps” around most surfaces for fresh angles.

Use the right frame rate for smooth action shots

For action shots (moving targets), you’ll need to set your frame rate higher: 1080p HD @ 60fps is great for creating smoother, more professional-looking travel videos that people will want to watch.

MEMORY & STORAGE

Have MicroSD cards on hand for storing memories and invest in a portable, external hard drive for backing up large videos. You can expect to use about 200MB per minute of video.

Add drama with slow-motion and timelapse

Add some visual interest with a slow-motion shot, or even a hyperlapse of the waves crashing against the shore. To end your video, a sunset timelapse will do wonders.

LIGHTING

Illuminate low-light scenes with Lume Cube or iBlazr wireless flash and if you want to add voiceovers invest in a shotgun or lavalier microphone. It’s small and light for travelling and captures quality audio.

Keep it short

Nobody wants to watch long travel videos (well, unless it’s a documentary). Keep it short to about 2 minutes. Of course, you’ll have loads of footage. Trim your most memorable clips to size, each about the same length. This will give your video some tempo. Use shorter 1-sec clips for action-packed shots, and longer 3-5 sec clips for a more romantic feel. It’s also wise to shoot with transitions in mind. This allows you to transition between shots almost seamlessly, for example, panning from the one scene almost as if into the next.

Add a good music track

Set the video to a good music track, and include some voiceovers of you want. Let the music complement the style and tempo of your video. GoPro music videos do this well! If you want to monetise your video, buy a licensed track online.

About the Author:

Anna Lourens is a content strategist who enjoys pouring her creative juices into the Outdoorphoto Blog. She's also involved with optimising Outdoorphoto's online presence and brand exposure through market research and data analysis, SEO, and strategic content creation and distribution.

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