Travel videography is not always as fun and easy as it sounds on the surface. When filmmakers go on the road, it can be far more complex to shoot and edit footage. They have the narrative to consider, plus the technical issues of shooting in an unfamiliar environment, but most importantly they must convey the excitement of the journey. Whether it’s a backpacking trip to Asia or a twilight visit in the rainforest, it’s possible to effectively connect with an audience, and ensure they are engaged emotionally, by following a few rules.
Being at one with the camera
No one jumps out of a plane without knowing exactly how the parachute works and it’s reckless to set off on an expedition without a comprehensive knowledge of the film-making process. Point and shoot might work at home, but in a new location the ability to expose, focus and achieve a good white balance will make all the difference. Travellers should start at the beginning by familiarising themselves with the manuals and using the equipment regularly, before leaving. It is far more difficult to get the creative juices flowing when the audio is patchy and the filter density is still a mystery.
Wearing the camera keeps it handy at all times
Opportunities can flash past in the blink of an eye, so most experienced travel videographers choose to keep a camera on standby constantly. It can be slung over the shoulder, or kept in an easily accessible part of a bag, enabling the user to go from trekking to recording in a matter of a few seconds. Sometimes people prefer to use a less complicated second camera for off-the-cuff shots, which will still look great on the screen while the larger set up can be taken out for more carefully crafted scenes.
Getting into a film-maker state of mind
Both professional and amateur videographers need to keep up their enthusiasm throughout a shoot and to do so they need to genuinely enjoy the work. When each day feels like a fresh chance for great shots and someone feels fired up at the thought of capturing the footage, it comes across in their output. Bespoke video editing takes up countless hours during a trip, but when the time comes for a break, even the most dedicated director needs to take a step back and become a tourist for a while. The adventure is unfolding as they experience it, so in order to keep the material fresh and authentic the production needs real-life experiences.
The importance of story-telling
Modern memory cards can record hundreds of hours of film, but each moment has to be carefully reviewed, edited and buffed up as part of the film-making process. The trick to bringing each aspect of the material together lies in developing a concept before the trip starts. This enables people to work on very specific ideas and achieve their goals effectively, with the minimal amount of effort. Great preparation can reduce the task of editing a project down from a few weeks to a few hours, making the art of travel videography more of a blissful experience.
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