Are you going traveling soon? If so, why not take advantage of the situation and make some amazing travel videos that you can share?
Creating good quality and interesting travel videos is actually easier than you think, as long as you follow our top 5 tips below:
Planning is essential
It doesn’t matter where you will be traveling because as long as you do a little preparational work beforehand, you can have an opportunity to create some incredible videos.
If you speak to any professional (or well-regarded, casual videographer), they will tell you that planning is very important.
Doing a bit of planning beforehand allows you to think about where you want to make videos and how much time you need to set aside for this.
For instance, if you will be traveling to London, think about where in this vast city you want to film. You may want to film the view of the River Thames with the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament, and you would need to plan how long it would take to get there.
Another aspect that you need to consider during the planning process is the equipment and software that you will be using for your videos.
Luckily, you can still make great videos, even if you only have a smartphone, but we recommend bringing some accessories along with you (e.g., a mini tripod or a light).
Use the best apps for video editing
As mentioned above, there are some great applications out there that can help you take your video from zero to hero.
In the same vein as there are excellent apps, be careful not to use apps with no reviews or ones that you have never heard of. When it comes to creating videos, the app you use can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your video, so it is a good idea to play it safe.
A good video editing app will enhance your video and insert fun elements: it should never detract from your video or make it look cheap or unprofessional. Personal favorites of popular video makers include Avidemux, Shotcut, and Movavi.
All three of these apps allow you to edit your videos, create beautiful and interesting effects and make your video look much more professional. Even if you have shot your video with your smartphone, these apps can make your videos look absolutely incredible. To save yourself time, download your video editing app before you travel so that you have more time for the editing process while traveling.
Once you have created your video, you can then easily use one of these popular apps to make it pop and receive a lot of likes on social media.
Get inspiration from other travel videos
It can sometimes be quite difficult to find the perfect place or scene to make your video, especially if you have never been to that place before.
Instead of struggling along and making the wrong decisions, the good idea is to look at some other travel videos before your trip starts.
Take note of the landmarks or places where the video is shot and consider using the same place for your own videos if desired.
Watching videos shot in your travel destination can also give you a good idea of what the landscape, light, and buildings are like in the city you’re traveling to, and you can start considering how you want to shoot your videos from there.
Getting some inspiration before you travel can also save you a lot of time as you won’t have to physically scout out the best spots for your videos: you can simply turn up and start creating your videos!
Think about the video from the viewer’s perspective
Although you may think that your videos are cutting-edge, interesting, and exciting, this may not be the case for your viewers.
For maximum impact, you should always consider how your videos appear to the viewer, how it will make them feel, and what kind of message you are sending to the viewer.
We, therefore, recommend that before you start shooting, take a moment and try and see things from the viewer’s perspective.
To do this, you could ask yourself questions, such as, “Will the viewer enjoy me talking on and on for 10 minutes or should I shorten the video?” or “Would the viewer like to see other tourist landmarks, in addition to what I’m showing them?”.
Seeing things from your viewers’ perspective also opens your mind up to additional creativity and, since creating videos is very much an art form, this is an excellent idea!
Relax and have fun!
The best travel videos are always those where the videographer has forgotten about their inhibitions and has learned how to relax, even if it means that they look a little foolish or silly.
No one enjoys watching videos that are boring, too serious, or not fun. If you learn how to relax and simply enjoy the process of making videos, you can see an amazing difference in their quality.
Some video creators feel nervous while shooting their videos, and this is understandable. You are worried about how your video will turn out and if your fans will like it. Try not to think about this too much and shoot your video as if you were talking to a close friend. The majority of people who create videos do so because they love the art of video making. Allowing your love for video creation to shine through can really take your videos to the next level.
Creating videos while traveling can be a lot of fun but planning ahead is essential. With a clear idea of how you want to create videos on your trip, the results can be amazing. Your destination is not important, rather the effort you put in and the software you use. Above all, remember to enjoy yourself!