How To Make a TRAVEL VIDEO - 10 Tips you need to know

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today's video will give you the top 10

filmmaking tips to make your travel

videos the best that they can be right

off the bat so whether you're just

starting or you've been making videos

for years this video is for you my name

is Christian and for the past three

years now I've been making travel videos

and by some crazy chance it has become

my full-time job now the first tip is

something you're not gonna hear anywhere

else and that's where I pride myself on

giving people insider information and

that is to actually turn your camera on

there's a little power switch right here

did anyone find that funny it seemed

funny in my head you left ok that's all

that matters

alright number one for real this time is

understand your equipment and when I say

understand your equipment I mean know

how the focal lengths how the camera

that you're working with will impact the

image that you're getting but let's go

through a couple examples if you're

shooting with a GoPro it's a fantastic

travel camera one thing that you should

know is that it's waterproof so all of a

sudden you have that upper hand of being

able to achieve and tell a unique story

that most cameras will not ever be able

to do another thing that you should know

with a wide-angle lens you're not gonna

be able to tell what's going on in the

distance so even though something may

only be 20 feet away from you it's gonna

show up like a speck in the video shot

with a GoPro on the other hand if you

invest it in let's say like a t5i rebel

camera something that has the ability to

change lenses well you need to

understand how those different lenses

will allow you to achieve different

shots boom just like that we now have

two lenses this lens right here allows

me to get wide-angle shots kind of like

the GoPro but not quite as wide and this

lens right here allows me to get extreme

close-ups not only does that mean that I

can shoot things further away but it

also means that the subject will now

appear closer to their background so if

I have somebody standing in front of the

mountains the mountains now become

humongous whereas if I shoot with a

GoPro or a wide-angle lens like this one

well what it's going to do is the exact

opposite it'll make the mountains in the

distance seem really small and the

subject will seem big and up front so

understand how your different lenses how

your equipment will affect the shot and

shoot accordingly and if you're shooting

with a cell phone that has two lenses

that same logic applies and one other

implication is stability if I was to pan

with my GoPro I would have a much more

stable shot than if I just panned with

my camera with this lens on the shake

will be much more noticeable with a very

distance telescoping lens travel tip

number two is to understand the

difference between slow motion fast

motion and when to use them so a lot of

people when they first pickup their

cameras they're all excited because for

the first time just like this they're

able to feel at like five times slower

than real life if you've got one of

those new GoPros you can shoot ten times

slower than real life and it's such a

cool effect but it's not to be overused

slow motion should only be used to

emphasize a story if it doesn't add to

the story

don't use slow motion the same can be

said with doubling up the speed or

quadrupling the speed sometimes I see

people using drone shots and they just

go times 10 on the speed and then all of

a sudden they're rushing through the air

and it feels really weird because you

can see the shake being caused by the

drone moving around being pushed by wind

you can see the waves are moving 10

times faster and it doesn't look natural

it really takes away from the moment so

if you're gonna speed something up with

fast motion at least make sure it's part

of the intended effect personally when I

do fast motion I typically like to cut

up my clip so that it's more of a

gradual up and then a gradual down so in

other words if I had the clip right here

I would make maybe five cuts here I

would have normal speed right here I

would have times two and in the middle I

would have something like times four

what that does for you is it gives you a

bit of like a pyramid effect where it's

more gradual it's not this jarring speed

up stop effect it feels natural more of

a flow to it and I need to say that if

you're shooting with a camera that

doesn't do fast motion or slow motion

don't take that as like a disadvantage sometimes the best stories are just told by shooting 30 frames a second in other words like normal speeds I understand your equipment and how to make the most of it travel tip number three change up your angles when you're shooting with your cameras doesn't matter if you've got a GoPro or if you've got a 70 to 200 equipped on a 1 V X mark - whatever you're shooting with make sure that you're telling a different story than just the stand and shoot there was an example I watched in another YouTube video is like you see most people posting a photo of their dogs is typically just by standing up because people are lazy they don't want to get down on the dog's level but if you want to take the better photo you need to get down on your knees you need to be willing to climb up a tree to get the up Shaw you need to be willing to do whatever it takes almost whatever it takes don't kill yourself but go the extra mile in order to get that unique story that is what separates a good travel video from a masterpiece of a travel video the masterpiece will always have those unique shots that has the audience asking themselves oh my gosh how did they shoot that that's why when I fly my drone I actually like to risk it to get the biscuit once in a while sometimes I'll fly between an archway sometimes I'll fly right under a tree because I love to give my audience that scare factor of like oh my gosh you really changed up the angle in a way that I never would have done get used to your equipment and once you feel like you've mastered the equipment then you can start pushing the boundaries trying new things and one more thing that can be said about changing the angle changing the angle doesn't simply have to be altitude based it's not just about getting on the ground or getting up high it can also be about how close your subject is so if you're shooting with a lens like this it causes a beautiful background blur purely based on how close you are to the thing that you're shooting you can achieve different results of the SHA this took me a good year two years to really perfect but I believe it's something that can come with time as long as you're aware of it and willing to learn it can make a huge difference in your travel videos tip number four and this is probably one of the biggest ones and that is to pick your music music music music it makes all the difference what kind of music choice you have you will have the control to evoke emotions in the audience based on the song you choose so if you're trying to tell the story of a beautiful tropical beach don't use the hardcore EDM song because they're completely clashing unless that's your intended effect if you're trying to tell a really high pace energy story that's where you can look at like the high BPM electronic music that gets the blood flow going there is no wrong genre of music to use but it has to complement the scene in the story you're trying to tell now with that being said there's one place I get all of my music from and when I say all I mean it's my go-to every single day I've actually partnered with them to create my own album I feel like Kendrick Lamar right now it's the exact same thing except I didn't make the music I just picked a song but if you want to check it out I actually have my own loss LeBlanc album on epidemic sound right now it's got 16 tropical travel adventure songs that it will be amazing for any of your travels coming up and the awesome thing is not just the fact that they have great music

but it's the fact that I can use this music on YouTube on Facebook on any social platform and not have to worry about legal consequences it's so crucial that I know that every single song I use in my video will not be struck down by a copyright or by another artist and the awesome thing is they actually have a free one-month trial so no commitments see if you like it and they've been kind enough to reward team get lost the people here on this channel by using the coupon code loss LeBlanc you'll actually save 15% on your first six months so check it out number five this is a huge tip especially for beginners who often overlook this and that is the importance of stabilizing your footage now there's two ways you can stabilize it you can stabilize it in a software I'm not gonna talk about that you can figure that out by whatever video editor you're using it can sometimes help it can sometimes do bad things to your footage so use that with caution but the thing that I will focus on is creating the most stable video inside of the camera so that you don't have to do that extra step at least rely on it in post-production whether you got a cell phone whether you got a GoPro they now have gimbals automatic electronic stabilizers that allow you to achieve incredibly buttery smooth footage you can buy stabilizers for believe as affordable is like $300 and it will be a game-changer in your footage now if you're shooting with a heavier camera they also have those gimbals I personally use a big heavy-duty one but there's some pretty easy strategies that you can do without even having extra equipment so let's talk a bit about that this right here is my backup camera and I'll show you one of the easiest ways you can stabilize use your camera strap put it against the back of your neck and simply keep your camera as extended as possible so that tension is being applied on the camera strap and by doing this what you're actually accomplishing is you're creating more stability on the camera when you pivot when you turn your camera is not going to be freely moving in your hands it's gonna stay nice and stable by having more points of contact against your body if you're gonna do walking shots then you know this will still help you but at the end of the day nothing will replace an electronic gimbal or a Steadicam which is just a counterweight system but it does an amazing job but one other kind of getaway that you can get away with creating a moving stabilized shot if you have a flat surface you're working with is a skateboard or a Rowley chair that way you're not getting that motion that comes with every step instead you just kind of roll around and it'll give you a much more stabilized shot and one last little bonus tip because I'm all about value here on this channel if you haven't already subscribed go ahead and hit that sub button if you're shooting with a drone you can actually walk around with your phantom with your Mavic you've got yourself a Steadicam number-6 the storyline what you want to do with your travels with your videos that you're filming and editing is you want to have in mind what is the story I'm trying to tell I like to have things in chronological order where they kind of show the travel that's been going on over the past month or over the past week don't just insert random travel Clips all together over music you know that's going to get you a C or a B gray but you will not be best of class by putting a videos together that way what will help you though is let's say you're traveling with your friends and this video kind of follows the day in the life through a cinematic eye maybe it shows your start of the day hitting the alarm clock to wake up maybe it shows you putting on your pants with like a POV shot but you know try to keep it below a certain point and then maybe it shows you getting into the bus heading to the kayak station where you then get in your kayak all of a sudden you've diff angles you've got an angle that shows your paddle going into the water you've got a wide angle that shows you leaving the shore you've got another even wider angle that's been shot with a drone these are the things that you can accomplish when you expand your equipment arsenal of course that doesn't happen at first but you could do it with any camera you can always change up the shot you can always tell different stories with different perspectives but I really think it's important that there's a bit of a continuty a flow that shows what's going on in this video and that will definitely be a key if you want to take your video from it to uh-huh nĂºmero how do you say 7 in Spanish no lesense number 7 here we go a goal in French alright so number 7 is movement so if I'm going to shoot a cinematic sequence I see this all the time with beginner sorry I'm just throwing all the beginners under the bus like this is this is getting a little graphic there's just too many people under that bus right now what you want to do is you want to think of movement as one continuous motion so if you're shooting a nice pan then the pan should look something like this but then not of a sudden jerk back I mean there's a few exceptions but for the most part you want to do it with one continuous motion either uniform meaning it's just like this or an exponential acceleration maybe it can be like this but what you don't want is random and sporadic movements is what I'm trying to get out here don't go like this then like this again this is going back to shake it'll be horrible to watch but another key example that I see beginners doing is when they're flying their drones they tend to use a clip of their drone where you actually see the drone readjusting so if you watch any of my travel videos almost without fail the only shots I use my drone are the shots that are continuous if I'm moving forward with my drone and tilting the camera up if my camera stops tilting up that is the end of the shot even though my drone may still be moving forward that is a stop in continuous motion the worst is when I see somebody use a drone clip they speed it up in the null scent it just turns left as somebody who's made a lot of videos that is one of the most horrible things I can see what's much better is if you want to do a turn have it a nice gradual turn now building on the importance of getting the right shots is actually making that shot match with the music so once we've headed over to epidemic sound we've picked out our amazing songs from the loss LeBlanc album what we're going to do is we're going to of course want to tell that beautiful story with that song when I'm putting together the story I take my videos I take my song of choice and I make everything based around the song [Music] your video needs to build around the song because the song cannot be altered cannot be changed at least not easily but you have the ability to move your clips around find the song that has the right mood the right tempo the right amount of beats per minute when there's a well-defined beat in the song it's very easy to cut to it so every time you get that very audible sound where it's like either a percussion or it's a drop that is a great indicator that this might be a good time to cut to the next click and what I like to do is based on the beats per minute the speed of the song that is what kind of indicates how many Clips should I be using so for example if the song is very mellow I'll probably let each clip draw on for anywhere from three to seven seconds each whereas if it's a high paced song then you're going to be going through a lot more Clips individual cuts every time you hear that that's an indicator that is probably time to move to the next clip now sometimes you can have two or three or even four of these beats within every cut but try to keep it uniform it's completely up to you but it's about training your ear to hear that little here's a couple of examples of mellow [Music] versus high-octane [Music] so it can be argued that there's no right or wrong way to do this but if you don't cut your clip on the beat you're doing it the wrong way find the right song train the ear make the cuts to the beats and you will bring your video to the next level tip number nine is particularly important and I'll stress it with a very well-known example and that is the GoPro highlight videos every year when GoPro releases their brand new cameras you see this beautiful highlight reel that shows the most incredible shots extraordinary colors vibrancy contrasts all this beautiful stuff in these shots and you're like oh my gosh my shots are going to be incredible you get your GoPro or any other camera for that matter and you start shooting with it you're probably gonna find you're a little disappointed your iPhone photos didn't look like they looked on the Apple website the reason the footage you shoot doesn't look like their footage is because there is so much work put into the color grading color grading is one of the most important ways to tell your story you can literally take a gray sky and make it seem like a beautiful fiery red sunset if you know what you're doing now color grading is an art it's something that takes months and years to get good at so you want to make a WoW video versus a video then learn to color grade because contrast saturation the curves there's so much you can do with your colors to tell that story for me color grading is like getting a set of play-doh you've got all these beautiful colors and it's up to you to mold them into the story that you want to tell I think it's exciting it's a lot more work though alright now I'm gonna give you a bonus one because I just thought of it so technically this is a twelve tip video but you know again that's the loss of long value you get here on the channel so if you haven't already stop when you're making travel videos I want to show you some hand motions that can be really fun for transitions if you're doing a pan shot on the beach what you can do is you can actually end it off with a really quick movement like that because you're actually moving so quick at the end of the shot the human eye can't keep up with what's going on in the shot and this is actually an opportunity when you're cutting to cut the scene right here when the camera moved really quickly and transition to another shot that's maybe panning in the same direction the same can be said if you're shooting upward if you're doing a slow pan upward and then you're like whoosh like that the viewer sees you panning up to the sky and then all of a sudden you move really quickly they lose track of the shot now take a drone shot it's like all of a sudden you've transported the viewer into the sky when you're going underwater that moment right where it goes underwater the viewer kind of can't see what's going on because the breaking of the waves gets in the shot cut that shot with a beautiful underwater swimming shot with like a dolphin and all of a sudden it seems like this magical thing so use those kind of creative thoughts - like how can I make a unique transition within this moment that was not even a full tip that was a nine point one now the tenth tip the final tip is don't overdo effects crossfades the wacky little drizzle effect that brings on the next frame and it's like it depends who your audience is or what your goal is if you're just trying to make a fun home video that's nice go ahead use those but if you're trying to make a like professional-looking YouTube video that you want to be proud of and be able to share that with other people then these are effects that will definitely make your stuff feel a little bit beginner I know some people that use effects and it can be done very tastefully but personally I don't use any effects in my videos fine I'll do all my own effects basically manually what that means is I'm either doing stuff with my camera like this or I'm cropping in on my video using post-production but I'm not just using a plug-in and dropping in the effects be wary when using effects that it might not have the intended effect that you're looking for that has been 10 travel tips for your next travel video I hope you enjoyed this video guys if you want to see some of my travel videos how I use my cameras my lenses very the shots well I'll link one of my videos that I think does a really good job showing that if you're looking for some tropical vibes escape the cold weather check it out and if you want to learn more about my business how I actually run all of this how I'm able to travel the world stay in hotels for free and get paid doing it then check out my patreon community I actually post weekly behind the scenes videos just recently posted a couple videos like how to beat the algorithm on YouTube how to make money as a freelancer how to game Instagram Facebook they all the behind the scenes to how I'm running this I will not plug it anymore but I do have an album on epidemic sound the best way to get music for anyone who plans to do YouTube Facebook Instagram etc so if you want to check it out it's also in the link down below guys without further ado let's get lost again in the next one


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