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

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 Saifuddin 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 hears 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
the implication is stability if I was to pan
with my GoPro, I would have a much more
stable shot than if I just panned
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 pick up their
cameras they’re all excited because for
the first time just like this there
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
the 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 them 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 of you
can see the shake is caused by the
drone moving around being pushed by the 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
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
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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
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 número
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
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
versus high-octane
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
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
well I’ll link one of my videos that I
think does a really good job showing
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