Travel Memories: Videos

Written by Tiffany Nguyen

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Travel vlogs are the best way to capture the memories of your trip. Photos may not be enough, so having a video to treasure the memories will get you back to that beach you went to in the summer.

 

CAMERAS:

Finding the best most portable camera will help you reduce all the hassle. TSA now requires people to take out all electronics that are the size of a camera or bigger, so having something that is small and easy to take out will make things flow easier.

 

Cameras I’ve used:  

 

Samsung NX Mini

Pros:

  • Easy to carry

  • Portable

  • Lightweight

  • Interchangeable lenses

  • 1080p Full HD video

Cons:

  • Stabilization isn’t the best

 

Canon EOS Rebel T3i

Pros:

  • Interchangeable lens

  • Full HD Video at 1920 x 1080 resolution

Cons:

  • Large and bulky

  • Hassle to carry

  • Discontinued

 

FILMING:

Once you’ve found your camera, it’s time to shoot videos! Here are some tips.

  • Find good scenery. This is great for remembering the environment. Sometimes you just can’t explain it; you’ll just have to show it.

  • Film moments you don’t want to forget. If you’re having a good time, pull out your camera and film a couple shots to remember it. But put it away after! Enjoy the time you have.

  • Close-up shots of objects. Flowers, food, etc. These clips could be great for adding aesthetics or mouthwater-inducing visuals.

 

EDITING:

Once you’ve gathered all of your clips, it’s time for you to edit! I personally use Sony Vegas Pro 15. It is a non-linear editing app. Here are some tips for editing!

 

  • Color grading: Color grading is one of the most important things that I have ever learned; it changes the whole atmosphere of the video. You can change the color of the highlights, medium lights, and lowlights of the video to adjust the atmosphere.

  • Crop: 2.35:1 are the magic numbers. This is the crop ratio that most films use to create a more dramatic effect. It crops off a little bit of the top and the bottom of the video, so make sure to adjust the video so that what you’re trying to capture is visible!

  • Audio: Music is the best way to follow along with your video. I usually pick out a song before I edit, envision what I want, and match the clips with the beat of the music.

 

These are all the tips that I have!

 

Check out my examples:

Scotland

England

Seoul

Tokyo

 

Time to get out there and film travel memories!