How to shoot your travel videos like a pro

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Travelling around the country or the world can be one of the most eye-opening, enjoyable and memorable experiences of your life.

But if you don’t know how to perfectly capture what you are seeing, in years to come you may forget how wonderful your trip really was.

Shooting a video might sound daunting to some, but it doesn’t have to be.

Here are four easy tips to help you create great travel videos:

1. No need to spend the big bucks
While professional cameras and video recorders can be great, they sure are pricey. A great alternative is to simply your phone camera! Apple and Samsung have told users that camera quality is constantly improving with every new software update, meaning that you too can create professional videos without having to buy an expensive camera.

Digital cameras can be useful too. Just make sure your camera can take different angles of a location, and at different times of the day.

2. Lighting is vital
Experts say that lighting can ‘make or break’ your video. If there is too much or too little light or glare, the video won’t capture the moment in its full beauty.

While recording, make sure the light is behind YOU, so no glare is reflecting onto the area you are filming.

To avoid shadows, stand at a 45-degree angle from the sun, so that the camera doesn’t pick up your shadow.

3. Shoot sparingly
Filming or photography can take up excessive amounts of phone storage and, in the end, can turn into mountains of unnecessary footage that you eventually discard.

Practise being selective with what you film. Shoot one short video and take a handful of photos that bring together your adventures.

And while you’d probably love to video every minute of the trip, the most important thing is to live in the moment and create memories that can be shared first hand.

4. Slow and steady
It’s a mistake you may only make once, but that pan of a scene needs to be slow and steady so the viewer can take in all elements of the landscape or the event. How often do we see the pan that needs to be seen in slow motion? Too often.

Do you shoot travel videos? What tips do you have?

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