With the rise of social media, more and more people are documenting their travel experiences through videos. Travel videos have become a popular way to share memories with friends and family and inspire others to explore new places.
Whether you are a seasoned traveler or just getting started, there is no denying the appeal of a great travel video. After all, what's more fun than reliving your amazing trips (and showing them off to your friends and family)?
But if you have ever tried to create a travel video, you know it's more challenging than it looks. Creating a memorable travel video takes time, effort, and a lot of editing.
So, how do you go about creating the perfect travel video? In this article, we'll give you a step-by-step guide to shooting and editing a travel video that will make your friends and family green with envy. By the end of this guide, you will have all the tools and knowledge you need to create your stunning travel videos!
Find Your Niche
Find what type of videos you enjoy doing. There are different kinds of travel videos on the internet. You could experiment with a few video types before you settle on one. For instance, you could shoot an entire travel film where you chronicle how you travel from your home to your destination, the places you explore, the food you eat, etc.
You could make short videos with just the important parts of your trip. Once you find your niche, you could interview the locals, travel to the less explored places, travel like a local, etc. You can start creating a series of videos of one particular style.
You will build a strong fan base who want to interact with your videos and engage with them. For instance, you could be a backpacking traveler exploring the world on a budget or exploring Instagramable places. However, this is a time taking process, so please be patient and find your travel niche.
Decide Your Travel Destination
The most important element of a travel video is the destination. You need not go on exotic backpacking adventures around the globe, but you still need to pick a location carefully. You could explore a small hamlet in a quaint part of the country, but you need to pick it by considering numerous factors.
For instance, why do you want to travel to this place? What makes it vlog-worthy? How is the season during your visit? Would your audience find the video interesting enough to watch, like, comment on, and share?
You might also have to find out if the travel destination you are heading to has any restrictions on photography and videography. If they have restrictions, it might spoil your plans of shooting a travel video, so plan and get all the permissions in place, if any.
You might want to shoot a professional travel video, so it is natural to feel that you need all the professional equipment like a tripod, lights, reflectors, camera, boom mic, and so on. But could you explore the place if you carry all this equipment along with your clothes and other luggage?
Remember how the fear of damaging or losing your expensive gear could keep you from enjoying the trip. So, make sure you pack light and carry only the essentials. Most mobile phones these days are equipped with a camera good enough to shoot professional videos, so pick one such phone and carry a tripod to shoot steady videos. That should work well enough for you to create impeccable travel videos.
Plan Your Shoot
You might want to go with the flow and shoot images and videos as you go, but that might not give you enough footage to shoot an entire travel video. So, before you set out for your trip, list things you wish to cover in your shoot.
Plan everything from the angle, shots (long, mid, close-up), time of the day you would like to shoot, and so on. A shooting script will help you build a story around your travel vlog. You can always leave some scope for improvisation and on-the-spot shots.
Look For Inspiration
Use the location's hashtag and search on popular social media platforms for images and videos of that place. See if there are any untapped gems that your audience would love to explore. Follow other travel vloggers and see what they are talking about to draw inspiration.
But make sure you avoid copying some other vlogger. This will not just drive away your followers but also leave you battling with plagiarism accusations. And that isn't good for your reputation. So, watch others, learn from their mistakes, and build your version of the travel vlog.
Learn to Edit Videos
Shooting travel videos are just one part of creating a great travel vlog. You will have to edit it to make it look professional and share-worthy. You can edit a video online using an online video editor. If you need to gain the skills or experience to edit a video, do not worry, you can find numerous tutorials online that help you learn the trick.
The key is to find one that is easy to use and does not require a lot of learning. An easy video editor tool comes with how-to videos for every step, has prebuilt templates, and is not overly complicated. Place all the footage you have in the video editor and see if it aligns with your storyboard.
You can add music, transition, text, and other effects to make your video stand out. If your video is missing some crucial footage or you have a bad shot, you can always use stock videos to fill the gap. But make sure you credit the source in your video description to avoid being called out for using stock footage.
Audio Adds Magic To Your Visuals
You can create short teaser versions of your travel vlog for YouTube shorts and Instagram reels and redirect the audience to your full video. You can use trending music for these short videos to catch the audience's attention. The full video can have different songs, music, and live audio. Pick popular songs to add to your video while you edit them.
If you have recorded interviews or have sounds in your video that capture the essence of the place, do not mute or erase them. Use noise reduction tools to clean the audio. Make sure to check websites that have licensed versions of the songs you plan on using, or you can use free audio available on most editing software. While this might not be the best song, it would save you from legal issues.
Shooting travel videos could be tricky, but it is greatly rewarding. You get to follow your passion, explore the world, eternalize the moments in a video, and share it for the world to see. What could be better than that? However, it could get stressful if you need to be equipped with the right tools, tips, and resources.
But with consistent practice and the right checklist, you can become a seasoned travel vlogger with a loyal audience. With the points mentioned above, you can build the confidence to shoot a professional travel video.