5 Tips to Shoot Interesting Summer Vacation Videos

Diana Joan

Jun 21, 2016 09:02 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Today technology has changed everything. People can record hours and hours of vacation video on a single chip. But they don’t trap you in their living rooms anymore. Instead they email links to their hour-long video and quiz you about how you liked it.

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Who would do such a thing? 90% of us own some kind of video camera, and more people shoot and post vacation video every day. We have met the Armbrusters and they are us.
Luckily for the bore-ees, technology is also a good defense. Today if the video’s bad, we watch 10 seconds and click off to “Family Guy. Then we lie to each other’s faces about how good the video was.

Oh, wait’ you actually WANT people to watch your vacation video? No problem. Start by shooting vacation video that’s entertaining. It’s not hard. All you need is a little bit of thought ahead of time and the awareness that’ whether it’s you, your kids or your friends’ your video just may have an audience.

Here’s how to shoot vacation video that won’t bore people to death:
1) Shoot Short Shots: A shot is like a sentence – it has a noun and a verb. Together the noun and verb are what keep the “move in “movies.
On your backpacking trip a random video clip of “Bob is not a shot. “Bob picks up his pack is a shot. “Bob hikes down the trail is a shot. To keep your shots short, stop shooting when the action is complete. “Bob hikes down the trail is interesting for about 5 seconds unless Bob falls off a cliff. So once you’ve got the action covered, be done. We don’t need to see Bob’s back for another 30 seconds as he heads off into the distance.

2) Shoot People, Not Scenery: Think about why you’re shooting vacation video in the first place -to remember.
The Empire State Building will probably look exactly the same 10 years from now, In case it doesn’t, thousands of great photographers have already shot it better than you can. What makes your vacation video special is that your kids went up the Empire State Building -and your kids are going to look completely different in 10 years.
“But the scenery’s so beautiful you say. It is’ in person. Video of the Grand Canyon looks great in Imax, okay on your 42 flat screen, and like tiny blurry garbage on your iPhone. Unless you’re shooting Imax, best not to dwell.
Frame a great shot of the kids looking over the railing and that stunning canyon vista will look great too -in the background, where it belongs.

3) Find the Story: Instead of random shots of the family posing on a boat, find the story of everyone getting together and taking your parents on a cruise. Have your camera ready when you surprise them with the tickets. Interview your brother, who hates cruises but is coming anyway, armed with Dramamine and wrist-bands because he loves his parents. Shoot your dad tearing up as he gives a speech to the group at your first big dinner on board.

4) Interview the Family: Video captures not just what we look like, but how we think. Which is perfect for that embarrassing wedding video 20 years from now. Don’t just interview the kids. Interview your spouse, your parents, strangers you meet on the trip. It’s a great way to capture the emotion of a moment in time.

Your five-year-old will never be 5 again. Ask her open-ended questions about what’s going on. Let her show you, explain to you, sing to you.

5) Shoot sparingly. If you shoot just 2 ten-second shots in each of 8 touring hours a day, that’s almost 3 minutes of footage a day. A week-long vacation is pushing an Armbrusturian 20 minutes -longer than anyone, including you, will actually watch. Practice being selective. Sure you can edit later, but will you? And even if you do, the shorter and better your footage when you start, the less work it is.

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