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The fact most travelers have the capability to shoot video is an invitation for us to give it a try. Yet it seems we take very little on our vacations. Shooting video clips on our holidays seems to be an afterthought for most travellers. I want to change that, and make your travel videos stand out.

Well it’s time put video shooting in the spotlight, with the quality and convenience, taking a few holiday videos is so easy.

Every camera and smartphone now comes with a video mode. Plus there is the added experience of motion and sound definitely making your travelogue shows that much better.

Now I'll be the first one to admit as a veteran still photographer that video is always a secondary thought in my mind. I often wish I would have taken more videos during my holiday trips and I have to keep reminding myself to do so and I really should.

I am here to motivate and convince you to shoot more AND better video.

With trying to make travelogue shows of our trips, videos probably get us closer than anything else to actually being there. And this is the best reason to shoot some good video footage so that you can take your audience back with you on that great travel adventure story.

A few video basics to get you started: Plan your shot

Right away I want all my amature travel videographer readers to stop waving their cameras around shooting aimlessly. . You know the type, standing there in the street panning around *looking for something good to capture. No one's going to look at all that junk, not even you! No more shotgun video.

From here on in we are only going to record and fill up hard drives with valuable footage that could be used in your edits, otherwise delete, delete, DELETE.

So with a little bit of planning every video clip shot will improve your odd of getting a good take.  Studying the scene for a moment will give you clues as to what angle to pick , how the lighting is working, what to crop out and leave in, where to pan (if at all) and when to capture the action.

Video is a horizontal format

First thing to remember is that video is shot in a horizontal format. Think horizontal flat screen TV. Yes even when smartphone cameras tend to be held vertically, they do not make useable video clips.

Video takes longer to to shoot

Yes indeed unfortunately you have to block off a little bit more time in your travels to get the proper coverage when shooting your video scenes. You may have to coral people to act/narrate in your clips. Plan to do more than one take if needed to get it right. Returning for a reshoot is highly unlikely.

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