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A Series on How to Make a Good Travel Video... Vid #1

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Excellent start, and +1 for more videos!!

Everybody on YT has had a go at making a how-to for travel film-making and somehow basically none of them get past having an ND filter and buying their LUT.  😂😂😂

I'd love to hear about getting close to people, as well as all the artistic elements that also never get spoken about.  Why you chose one shot instead of another shot in the final edit, how you colour graded to match the location instead of the latest trend, how you choose which places to go, when to use drone footage moving forwards vs backwards, how all that contributes to the story-telling, etc etc.

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Great tips and you're travel videos are very professional.  Would love to hear the video on how to get great portraits, although I feel that like photography it'll largely be about personality - how you can connect and make a rapport with people in a short amount of time.  Something many of us gear-heads are terrible at..

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1 hour ago, tellure said:

Great tips and you're travel videos are very professional.  Would love to hear the video on how to get great portraits, although I feel that like photography it'll largely be about personality - how you can connect and make a rapport with people in a short amount of time.  Something many of us gear-heads are terrible at..

That is true that personality does have a lot to do with it, but there are tricks to make it easier. Smiles go a long way as well as the way you ask.. it is hard though :)

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6 hours ago, tellure said:

Great tips and you're travel videos are very professional.  Would love to hear the video on how to get great portraits, although I feel that like photography it'll largely be about personality - how you can connect and make a rapport with people in a short amount of time.  Something many of us gear-heads are terrible at..

I'm with you - there's a reason I'm behind the camera!

5 hours ago, BopBill said:

That mini scenes advice I try to remember. Good one!

I watched a 10-hour BTS of a wedding videographer editing a wedding video (10 hours because it was start to finish) and he was just kind of talking through what he was doing, almost thinking out loud, and that mini-scene thing was one of the many nuggets that I got from that.

I tend to think of it like little stories joined up for bigger stories joined up to make one large story.

I'm not very good at it, but for one of my home travel videos of a family trip I might select the most interesting or photogenic places or activities that we did, then break each one down into the key parts of it (we arrived, we looked around, we climbed up to the lookout, we climbed down again, we discovered our shoes were all dirty..  or whatever!) then for each on of those I make sure that it tells a little story with a few shots.  Of course, I have the advantage that the story in my videos is about what happened and so I cut in basically the order that things happened in, whereas with a travel film about a place then you can mix and match shots and things get a lot more complicated in the edit room.

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@mojo43, I'd also love to hear your tips on crafting the audio tracks.  Your videos have a ton of great sound effects to sell the transitions and action, which makes a huge difference.  Be curious to hear where you get your effects, how you choose and edit them, etc.

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