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How to Make Better Vacation Videos

On Monday, we went over some tips for taking effective travel photography. Today we expand that idea by looking at video. Filming a vacation can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Here are some helpful hints that will help you take better travel videos on your next vacation.

Take Better Vacation Videos

Know Your Audience. Before you leave, you should ask yourself who you plan to show the video to. Are you going to make a travel series for Youtube? Are you going to send it in to the Travel Channel? Will you show your friends and family? Once you know who is watching, it will be easier to keep the same look and feel. You will also know what kind of things to film. If you’re looking to make a more professional video, you will probably be talking into the camera more, than if you’re just filming trying to capture the overall vibe of the experience.

Use a Tripod. This one is really important. There’s nothing worse than a shaky video, and most cameras don’t do well in your hand. A small tripod can make a huge difference in the quality of the video you are capturing. While most camcorders do come with anti-shake features, they can only do so much.  A heavy camera is more stable, however most consumer cameras don’t have enough weight for consistent handheld use.  Don’t forget to compose your shots, using the rule of thirds.

Learn About Your Camera.
If you haven’t bought a camera for your trip, do some research online to see how you can get the features you want, without having to break the bank. Once you have your camera, you will want to practice with it as much as you can so you know how it works.

Bring Memory and Power. Whatever kind of media your camera uses, bring lots of it. Whether it’s tape, memory cards, or something else, it never hurts to have too much. Don’t forget that you will need to charge your camera. A regular wall adapter should work, but you will want to check the specifications that come with the camera as not all batteries are created equal.

Have Fun! Don’t get so lost in filming that you forget to enjoy your vacation! There are plenty of picture perfect moments on every vacation. Once you return use a film editing program to sum up your vacation in one view. With a little practice, you will be making world class travel videos in no time.

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