There is no better way to capture the travel experience but to capture a part of your journey and make travel videos out of it. Every travel destination is a great opportunity for you to improve your skills as a videographer and video editor, despite how interesting you hold that particular destination.
Now, recording your experience during traveling with your cam is one thing. Making it fun and creative is completely different. This is why I decided to share a list of tips and tricks that will help you make awesome travel videos.
Do Some Researching
In order to plan your trip in great detail, you have to do some serious research. You want to discover all about the amazing landmarks you are about to visit. This way, you won’t spend precious time on your trip, figuring out what you should visit next.
You should also devote some time to videos other people made while visiting your desired destination. These videos can provide you with precious insights into what to do and what to avoid.
In order to record some amazing travel videos, you will need some gear. You don’t need to spend a fortune on equipment to make fun and creative videos, but still, you have to spend some. The most important piece of gear is your camcorder. Unless you already have a camcorder or some good DSLR, you will need to get one. There are some gear options at around $500 that can meet your needs. Just make sure that it can capture HD video, and that it has a tripod mount and an external mic input.
If you want to step up your game, you should consider investing in a drone. Drones are amazing and they can really help you create breath-taking videos on your travels. Some of the landmarks only become epic when they are shot from the air.
Meet the Locals
No matter how well you do your research and how well you plan your trip, locals can always let you in on some secret beautiful spots where you can shoot epic videos. This is not the only reason to start mingling with the locals.
In order to make creative videos, you will have to capture the essence of the destination you are visiting. And that essence, my dear videography enthusiasts, is made of people and culture. Make sure to visit local markets, bus stations, and local events where you can capture emotions and reactions of locals. This will make your videos more interesting, authentic, and fun to watch.
Always Have Your Cam with You
I’m not saying that you should turn your entire vacation into a field trip of a filmmaking study. Having your cam with you at all times will enable you to capture some interesting landmarks and people on the go. You don’t need to shoot long sequences every time you turn the cam on; just make very short ones instead. You can make use of them in post-production.
Besides, when you have the most valuable piece of your gear with you at all times, you will minimize the chances of it getting stolen. And, in some parts of the world, this can happen to you even when you leave it in your hotel room.
Tell a Story
There is no better way to create fun and creative travel videos but to plan them in advance. This way, your videos will have far better viewer engagement potential. And, this is incredibly important if you plan to share them on some online video sharing platforms.
If it will be a video for family eyes only, you don’t have to devote that much time to developing your video story. But, on the other hand, if you want to target a specific audience, you will need to write something that will resonate with your target viewers.
Do Some Editing
Don’t underestimate the power of video editing, especially the power of high quality video editing done by experienced professionals. First of all, you can’t just stitch raw videos together and expect the end product to be a piece of art. Instead, you will have to review all the footage and discard the ones that don’t resonate with you.
The purpose of video editing is to make your videos more enjoyable for watching. If you are inexperienced with video editing, you can always outsource high-quality video editing to a team of experts.
As you can see, the main ingredients of fun and creative travel videography are equipment, research, your experience, and creativity. On top of that, your videos have to be edited before you can share them with your audience. This is why it is important to adopt a holistic approach to travel videography if you plan to improve your skills as a travel videographer.