Vlogging has taken the online community by storm over the past years. Mainly because Vlogging brings everything great and personal about Blogging to the video format. With the expansion of good internet, YouTube and good quality cameras, its never been a better time than now to start a Vlog.
A great thing about Vlogging is that there are so many micro communities (another aspect transferred over from Blogging) which allow you to connect to like minded people. It doesn’t take long while browsing on YouTube to discover the thousands of communities out there. To name a few: cooking, bike riding, craft beer, toys, gaming, traveling and the list goes on.
One community that is gaining a lot of traction is the Travel Vlogging community. Many Bloggers and everyday travellers are starting to pick up cameras and share their experiences with the world. Many Travel Vloggers have opted to use their smartphone or a simple point and shoot camera. You can learn more here on how to utilise your smartphone as a Vlogging camera.
Top 5 Tips For Travel Vloggers
Keep it short and sweet
As a traveler you’re more than likely to come across a lot of different scenery and special experiences. While all of these experiences are special, once you add them all up, it can turn into a almost one hour video. Unfortunately most people don’t have that much concentration.
So the first tip is to keep it short and sweet. Almost like a movie trailer showing your favourite bits. A good time to aim for is 3-1o minutes. Also by doing this you can create more niche specific videos.
Don’t be afraid to take the shot
This is true for anyone new to photography, videography and Vlogging. Putting yourself in that uncomfortable pose or situation can be the difference between getting a great shot and missing out. So the best thing is to just scrap all those thoughts and go for it. Of course whens its safe to do so.
Cleaning your equipment
This may seem obvious I’m sure many have fallen into this trap before. With the nature of travelling you are going to come across different environments such as dust and humidity. These are a cameras worst enemy.
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The last thing you want todo is spent 1 hour getting that shot only to realise that your lens is fogged up. So be sure to regularly clean you’re camera and other equipment.
Audio is critical
Audio doesn’t get talked about to much and that a real shame. However its one of the first things you will notice when its isnt right. Personally i have watched some videos with bad sound and in turn makes the video almost unwatchable.
So whether you are using a smartphone or a DSLR it may be worth while getting a external microphone as it can make a huge difference to you’re videos. You can check out these microphones here for smartphones and DSLR’s.
Be in your videos
Obvious right! Many times before i have not included myself or the people I’m travelling with into my videos. This is natural at first as being camera shy is to be expected.
The most valuable thing tho is by including yourself and others in the video as it is more inclusive for yourself and the viewers. This essentially allows the viewer to walk in your footsteps and experience you’re travels.