Before we begin with the detailed post let me convey you that I’m not an professional videographer or filmmaker. To add entertainment to my blog posts and to use the millions of videos I have accumulated from 4 years of travel around the globe, I started video. Now, I am hooked. I bring my tripod and gimbal with me to every new location so I can shoot a video if I get captivated by something.
Many people ask me about my travel videos. I don’t know how to make them. I also don’t have the time to fully explain my work process so I decided to create a step-by–step guide. It will cover everything, from the camera settings to the things I do when I travel to the editing room.
Although this is not a professional way to make travel videos, it does allow me to share my experience with filmmaking. Let’s get to the basics of creating a travel video.
How I Get Prepared For Travel Videos?
The process is so simple as you don’t need any kind of hassle while getting started. Here I’ve compiled few of the essential keynotes that’ll surely help you throughout while making a travel videos.
Clarity Of Goal
Before you begin with the process its essential for you to know that “Why you really wanna become a videographer?” and “What’s your primary goal behind?”. It doesn’t matter whether your goal is to start a YouTube channel or willing to serve a good videography to your clients but you need to ensure your goal at first. This will eventually help you maximize the talent inside you.
Without planning no-one runs on a battleground so its better to pre-plan the process of shooting a videos. This will also include the camera you’re going to use, editing software etc. But amongst all make sure to have a clarification in mind about the goal that’ll help you scale up the expertise you’ve.
Grab Few Gears
It is crucial to have the right equipment to begin making travel videos. You might feel overwhelmed by all the equipment available, but that doesn’t mean you have to worry about buying the best.
Undoubtedly the videography equipment can be a little expensive. This is why it is better to get the less technical equipment first. Even though cameras and lenses are the most expensive equipment, there is no reason to spend a lot of money on them when you’re just starting out to be a videographer. You can start with less expensive brands, but keep your eye on quality. Find the right balance within your budget.
A tripod, a stabilizer, or shoulder mount rig for DSLRs, headphones, a microphone to capture high quality audio, additional batteries and an external lighting system are all essential. It’s all very flexible. Amazing videos have been made using the most recent smartphones. You could probably get away with just your phone, a microphone, and a gimbal. These are the essential items to get you started if you have a limited budget.
Where To Visit
Once you have done some experimentation with your camera, it’s time to choose where to go. Personally, I prefer to go to places no one else visits or places that are not talked about much so that my travel videos can tell a unique story that not many people know.
When I choose a location, I often have a loose idea in my head that I’ll use for entire filming. As I travel more, this concept can evolve into a better one. This is normal as I cannot tell a story with my imagination. I must first experience the country and then let the story develop.
You might be asking why you bother to come up with a concept? The concept serves to guide me in my initial approach to keeping everything consistent and structured. I prefer to work with constraints and would approach a video creatively if I had to follow a particular concept.
Things To Carry During Travel
There are a few of the major things you need to carry while travelling throughout, amongst which we’ve shortlisted a few of the major entities that’ll help you gradually and minimizes the overall headache of storing your footage.
It is crucial that I know how to keep my data safe and secure while I’m on the road. I don’t want to lose everything, just like in Cologne, Germany, when someone took my bag. So, what I do is I carry an external hard drive and a copy at home. This will ensure that I don’t lose anything if anyone steals my bag.
The 128GB SD card will be used in my camera to capture my entire trip. After I was done with the day, I would transfer the footage to my external hard disk as a backup. However, the data on the SD card would still be there and I would keep them separate. My SD Card would be in my large backpack and my external hard drive in my daypack. If someone were to take my bag, they would find everything in my SD card and my external hard drive.
This is one of the major parts of the entire travel aspect where I get up and gear plan my gears to process with shooting. I think about where I’m going and plan my gear accordingly. If I’m going underwater, I will pack my GoPro and my other lens. If I’m hiking, my tripod and a wide-angle lens will be my companions.
If you’re supposed to take a drone and gimbals with you it’s better to pre-plan the whole process so that no glitches enter your way while shooting the videos. You will be left with little space for necessities like water, snacks, or food for long days, etc.
How I Actually Shoot?
I’m not supposed to sugar-coat things, but this is my favorite part that takes a lot much effort to process. Although it’s not the only way to identify your true talent I think if you’re genuinely interested to know how I actually shoot all of my travel videos then it’s better to stay along with me till the end.
Let’s take an example of a city where lt of people are roaming and the crowd is there, my preference goes to take a time-lapse that’ll help to involve better touches to my footages. Also with that if I think gradually I may come across few more innovative shoots like close-up shots that make the footage much impressive.
Timelapse is a great option if I’m hiking in the woods. If it’s cloudy, I will try timelapse, but if it is clear, I will try to get shots of humans interacting with the natural world to capture the mountain scale. Or, if I don’t have anyone to shoot, I’ll use a tripod to do it myself.
If I am camping overnight, I will always take a night time-lapse of the Milky Way. I also wake up at dawn to capture a sunrise time-lapse.
How I Edit?
Editing is one of the major part of this entire filmmaking process that you need to know about, so if you’re wondering a lot that how I actually edit my travel videos this entire editing norm will help you know better about it. So lets get into it.
Selection Of Music
After I’m done with my trip, I’ll take at least one day to consider the music I would like to use in my travel videos. This is one of the most important aspects of travel videos. It can determine how my viewers feel about my videos. My goal is to inspire people through my travel videos, so I choose music that is quick and upbeat with a climb and drop.
MusicBed.com is the best place to search for music for your video. MusicBed.com has a wide selection of high-quality music at a very affordable price. This website is my personal favorite. I can search their music by mood or genre and then add them to my favorites list so that I can make a decision later. Another great alternative is Artlist.io, which offers a cheaper way to find travel video music.
When it comes to the actual editing part I personally like using Adobe Premiere Pro and together with Lightroom catalog which allows me to enhance my footage quality likewise, I will then look through the catalog, find the right video and then drag it from Lightroom into Adobe Premiere Pro timeline, thanks to the well-integrated Adobe products.
The material I have will dictate how I edit my video. However, I find that the best part of the music is the first. Next, I look for the most compelling footage with lots of motion.
Once I have found the best, I will work from there to find other footage that is compatible with it to create a seamless transition through camera movement, object movement, shape, dominant colors or luminant. I will continue this process until I have filled up my timeline.
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|My microphone’s ability to pick up sound is not always good enough. Sometimes, I may be interrupted by a loud sound such as wind or city noises. I muted my videos and used a sound effect to best reflect my video.}
I’ve been searching for the renowned tool for sound design and thats were Audio Blocks came which has a great search feature that allows me to find the right sound for my video. SO if you’re willing to take your entire editing journey to the next level its better to go with the sound designing that’ll add external touch to the editing style that you own.
Once I’m satisfied with the video sound effect, then I move onto color correction. I use Adobe Premiere Pro’s default Color Correction workspace. Once it is set up, I create an adjustment layer. The adjustment layer is added to my timeline. Then, I use LUTS to give the adjustment layer a creative effect. This will ensure that the colors are consistent throughout the video.
Then, I would go into each video and select Basic Color Correction from the right panel. After that, I would adjust exposure and saturation. I will then prerender the video, watch it and fix any issues.
How To Export?
After getting done with the editing process the most crucial aspect of entire film looking part is is exporting all of the photos that you have edited in a right manner. There are so many export format that you can consider amongst which Pride’s 422 is the one I would prefer to process with.
If you are a youtuber or a filmmaker then you should definitely go with it just because it is more convenient and it will help you upload the videos directly to the preferred platforms as per the convenience.
The entire filmmaking process is game changing thing that’ll surely add some of the final touches to your footage in a great way. So if you are the one who is supposed to maximize the true potency of the travel videos it’s better to follow the process. Although you can even experiment the things as you want.
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