Would you like to be able to capture better videos of your trips to share with your friends and family? Maybe you’d even like to produce travel videos of your own and publish them on a travel blog or social media? This is certainly one of my goals for 2019!
If you want to do any of that, you need to be able to record videos while you travel that actually look impressive – which can be challenging. However, there are a few simple tips that can help and will allow you to capture amazing travel videos more easily.
Avoid Shaking the Camera
One of the main reasons why video footage shot while travelling doesn’t look that good is because the camera often shakes too much. That affects the quality of the video and makes it look much less impressive.
The best way to avoid shaking the camera is to use a tripod or monopod stand to help keep it steady. However, that may not always be an option while you’re travelling.
If you’re going to be recording video footage while holding the camera in your hands, there are a few useful tips that could help you keep it steady:
- Always hold the camera with both hands.
- Keep your hands closer to your body so that your elbows can rest against it and provide additional support.
- Control your movement while shooting and walk and turn slowly and steadily.
Find Good Light to Record Videos
In most cases, you’re going to have to rely on natural light to record videos while travelling, and you may not have much control over when you record videos.
That being said you should still make the effort to find good light to record videos whenever possible – as it could dramatically improve your videos.
Ideally, you should look for light that is warm, diffused, and evenly distributed across the subject and the scene that you’re shooting. The one time of day that fits the bill perfectly is the golden hour – which is roughly the hour right after dawn, and right before sunset.
In contrast, the midday sun is one of the worst times to record videos – as the light will be harsh and directly overhead – making shadows deeper.
Dial Up the Camera Settings
Make no mistake you don’t need to buy an expensive video camera to record impressive videos while you travel – but you should try to increase the resolution and frame rate that you record in.
Most modern cameras are able to easily record videos at resolutions of 1080p Full HD – and you should make sure yours is set to do the same. If your camera allows for it you may even be able to record at higher resolutions (i.e. UHD or 4K).
The frame rate is arguably more important than the resolution, however, especially for travel videos. A higher frame rate will make movement in the video look smoother, and typically travel videos have lots of movement.
Although you could get by on a frame rate that is at least 30 – you should aim to record at 60 frames per second. In some cases, it may be worth recording at a slightly lower resolution if it is necessary for a higher frame rate.
Make a Decision About the Audio – Early
Before you start to record any video footage while travelling, you need to make a decision about the audio.
Simply put you need to decide whether the audio that you record is going to appear in your final video or if you’re going to discard most of it and replace it with background music.
If you do intend to keep the audio you need to take steps to make sure that you record audio that sounds crisp and clear – otherwise, it could drag down the whole video. Unfortunately, the built-in microphone on most video cameras isn’t that great, so you should think about investing in a good external microphone instead.
Try to select the type of microphone you use based on the audio that you want to record. A lavalier microphone is a good option if you want to record your own commentary, as it can clip on to your collar. On the other hand, a shotgun microphone is more suitable if you want to record the audio coming from a specific location.
Naturally, the post-production stage is important as well and can help you to really take your travel video footage to the next level. For example, if you use Movavi Video Editor you could even add photos in by following the steps at https://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/video-from-photos.html.
Overall none of the tips listed above should be that difficult to implement, yet each one will help improve the videos you record while travelling by leaps and bounds. In fact, even if you don’t have a trip planned just yet, you should try them out – just to see the impact they can have.