Tantowi grew up drawing and designing. Now she makes videos for a living and loves every second of it.
I have been making travel vlog videos for about 3 years already. I post them on YouTube and my blog. I learned a lot from making travel videos or films. In the beginning, making travel vlog videos can be a confusing process, especially for beginners. Nevertheless, doing these videos doesn't need to be hard!
One of the most common questions I get asked is how can a person go about creating a travel vlog. While there are plenty of different opinions on the topic, I believe that there is no wrong or right way to create your travel vlog. Some people try to emulate the style of other popular YouTubers and it works for them. You can also get some awesome inspiration from others. I have written this article to give you guys a 6-step guide to getting your travel vlog started and making enjoyable content for yourself and your audience.
Keep It Short
In the world of online video blogging or vlogging, some people have made careers out of it such as Gary Vaynerchuk and Casey Neistat. They are both successful vloggers because they have large followings due to their content being entertaining, short and very relatable.
Travel Vlogging is still a new and exciting form of storytelling. But having a successful travel vlog channel isn’t all about what countries to visit or which camera to buy. It’s about creating quality videos that your audience can relate to, enjoy, or get excited about. There are a lot of components that make up a good video, but I think that one of the most important ones is keeping it short.
Most people say that you should make them around 10 minutes long, others say they should be longer, some say you should have shorter videos. When you Google "how long should my travel vlogs be?" you will find various answers. After doing research and hearing another opinion about watching time on Youtube and the best duration from a travel vlogger, I think the right answer is 10 minutes. It's also important to involve as many people as possible in your adventure by using social media and writing up a post that details what you see and experience during your travels.
Be Unique and Stand Out
Think about what your audience is thinking when they see your videos. Try to get as much value out of each video as possible. Here are a few things you can do as a YouTuber to get noticed. Find a way for your videos to go viral in the first place. Get your videos out there on different social media channels and upload them to YouTube. Additionally, you should consider how you can provide a unique angle or perspective to make your videos stand out from others on that platform. Upload a video to Youtube and see what the reaction is from other users. Observe the type of reaction that occurs and learn from it. Also, you can try different types of videos in different formats. To build relationships with other users, post your selected video onto one of your social media accounts and continually comment on their posts.
Making videos while traveling was a great experience for me. While traveling, it's not always easy to make money, especially if you don't have much in the way of permanent work. As a traveler, you have the freedom to make your own decisions about career, expenses and time. Also, you get to do something you enjoy and earn some pocket money.
Know Your Budget
Are you one of those people who want to travel but you think that traveling is a luxury and you can’t afford it? Well, that’s not true. Yes, this thing called traveling isn’t cheap, but you don’t have to break the bank or sign up for loans to go on a trip. Backpackers are typically more than capable of going on trips without traditional financial support from their parents or employers, as shown in a lot of travel vlogs on YouTube.
Knowing your budget will help you get started before you even step on the plane! Focus on having a low production cost when making a video. No matter how much experience you have made videos, or how fast or far you come with your videos, there’s never an off-chance that your budget will be something else entirely. Before you begin, have an idea of how much you can afford to produce and what you hope to accomplish with your videos.
For instance, what is the cost of traveling to Europe? How about a month-long stay? When planning your road trip, you need to know how much money you can spend. In the past, I risked funding my travels entirely out of my pocket. As I made regular monthly trips and as the months went by, I realized that I was spending more than I had budgeted.
It is important to be aware of how much you spend and how much you earn. Independent travel vloggers usually have to pay all their expenses out of pocket, so budgeting is important. Determine where you can save money and where you'll have to save up for future travels. Don't forget to factor in how often you'll be traveling and if there will be any unexpected expenses.
Get the Right Gear
The best travel video comes from a creative mind, but it’s not the only thing that makes a difference. Your gear is important too, especially when you’re trying to record a great, stable video that doesn’t make you look like a complete rookie. It may be easy to think that all you need for a great video is your camera and anything else that happens to be in your immediate location. You wouldn’t be wrong. But at the same time, there are things that you should have along with your equipment to make sure that you get the best video and maximize the quality of what you make.
Getting footage for your travel blog can be challenging. You don’t want to just run around with your phone recording wherever you go. Make sure you have the right equipment for the job. Use a camera with stabilization capabilities so that you can steady your shot as you fly over unfamiliar terrain or go over cliffs. When traveling, you should consider using a drone equipped with a lightweight camera to get good footage of any important event.
Many travel vloggers use mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7MarkIII and other supporting tools such as drones, GoPros, shotgun mics, high-quality hard drives, and more. You can choose another tool that suits your needs. Pick out the camera and lens if you plan to record videos at a professional level. Make sure that the items you choose fit together well so that the result looks professional and pleasant to watch. Make sure you have a backup camera because anything can go wrong with your primary camera.
Care About Your Production Quality and Editing
Have you ever considered how important it is to post quality videos on your social media channels? Many people have been lazy or haven't been motivated enough to put in the effort required to record quality videos. Still, many people post videos that have been edited shoddily or don't even feature the music they were meant to feature. After watching several videos by talented people in my area I realized that the best way to build a solid audience is to promote highly produced and edited videos that showcase your personality and talents. Here are a few suggestions you can follow to make sure your video looks great:
1. Record at 1080P or 4K, 60fps.
2. Bring a good lens like Sony 35mm f/1.8, Sony 16-35mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8 or FE 24-70mm f/2.8
3. The autofocus is on. It will help you a lot.
4. Using color profiles (for Sony cameras)
5. Using a shotgun mic is recommended.
6. Shoot a B roll of a landscape with a drone. Make sure you follow the rules in each country.
7. Use a GoPro or action camera if you have extreme activities.
8. Use a stabilizer, such as the DJI Ronin Gimbal. Another option is to use a handheld technique to make smooth slide movements in your video.
9. Vary your angles when shooting.
10. Every time you shoot a video during your trip, keep how an editing structure in the back of your mind. That way, you know what footage you need for your video and it makes editing easier.
1. Use a good editing program like Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut.
2. Don't overdo it with background music, text video, cropping, transitions, and color grading.
3. Make sure your audio is clear.
4. Avoid shaky footage. Using Warp Stabilizer (Premiere Pro) if your footage is shaky.
5. Composing your video based on the Rule of Thirds will help you achieve the best composition possible.
6. For YouTube, keep the video around ten minutes long.
7. Make clickbait thumbnails, but not too many (to avoid your audience feeling cheated).
Add Your Personality to Your Video
Vlogging allows you to showcase your personality in three dimensions as you document your daily activities. As a result, people can better connect with you and become more interested in your personality. You don't have to make a long or boring video vlog. You can make it funny, heartwarming, or inspiring, or you can just make it an adventurous look at our world. Choose your steps wisely so you can create a video that tells a story instead of just promoting yourself or your business on YouTube.
Travel vlogs can be ambitious projects. You need time, energy, and commitment to succeed. If you are willing to invest in the process, then you can create something beautiful. If you build a community around your YouTube channel, getting views will be easy. To create a travel video that attracts viewers, you must understand how to capture the essence of the experience.
To make kick-ass video travel, you must figure out what you are unique at offering others. Don't waste your time watching other channels, find what you're passionate about and where you want to go. I hope this article will encourage you to make more travel videos for your YouTube channel or to improve the quality of your videos.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
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