Last week I shared with you some of my favourite travel vloggers. Since then I’ve been chatting to them to find out what if they have any vlogging tips to share with us.
They’ve come back with some brilliant advice with practical tips and insider secrets that you can only gain through years of travel vlogging.
Dan from This World Rocks
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Jenna from Wander the Map
The one aspect we feel is the most crucial to think about while shooting video is camera stabilization. Think about it–no one wants to get motion sickness from watching your video!
Some easy ways to keep your camera stable are as simple as using a tripod or setting your camera down on a flat surface. Another way to keep you camera still without additional tools is to use your camera strap to apply tension–when you support your camera through the strap and your body, your shots will be smoother than just simply hand holding your camera. Also, using tools such as a steady cam or shoulder mount can help improve the quality of your shots as well.
Sonia Gil from Sonia Travels
Cailin from Travel Yourself
Nadine from Hey Nadine
Mark from Migrationology
Be in your videos. Ok, let me expand. People may find your travel videos by searching for a place or a thing, but people will keep watching your videos because of your personality. Through videos, viewers get to know you and can connect with you, in my opinion, much more so than through writing. I’m not saying your entire video should just be of you talking to the camera, overlaying video clips is a good idea, but you should still show yourself and be the unique voice of your videos.
Booker from Booker Travels
If you’re traveling with multiple people, have everyone film. We usually travel as a 3-person crew, and while we have a professional camera as the “mother camera,” we also use a second DSLR, a go-pro, and even smartphones with filters to film our activities. Although you can put different filters and looks on your footage in post, different camera formats add great layers to your material, and having the camera work be a group activity makes filming fun and more experiential on the go.
Also, on a conceptual level, immersing yourself in the local culture makes every trip unique; whether it’s staying at a local home or going to a local market, make yourself open to meeting people, trying new things, and seeing a hidden side of that place through your experience. This goes for everyone, not just video bloggers, but when you become a part of your surroundings you are able to pick up on details of that culture that not many outsiders see, making your video stand out from the rest.
If you’d like to read more travel vlogging tips, check out this post on the Travel Massive blog by Greg Brand from Travizeo: Video Tips from Travizeo There are some really useful tips here!
If you have any more tips of questions, let us know in the comments below.
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