Hey, guys! How’s it going? Thomas here
and in this video, you’re going to be learning exactly
how to make your first ever travel video.
So there’s a ton of different reasons why people get in to travel filmmaking.
Maybe it is to capture your own memories.
Maybe it’s to grow a following online
to start a dream career.
Whatever your reason is,
we’re going to help you out in this video
with three awesome tips.
And there’s actually a fourth tip at the end.
That it’s really really valuable.
It saved me a ton of time.
So make sure you stay at the end for that.
Before we crack into this video,
I’d love for you to comment below actually.
What is your motivation?
What’s your reason for making travel videos?
I’d love to hear. I’m sure
there’s a ton of different reasons.
So, I call in that down below and then
we’ll get cracking with the first tip.
Okay. So Tip 1 is to find your style or theme
that you want to shoot throughout the video.
This is incredibly important.
Because let’s think about a couple of different styles.
No.1 could be a style of
you have a selfie stick and a GoPro
and you want to get one of those 360 degree shots
of you spinning around with your GoPro.
And you want to do that
for every single shot in your video.
This is a legit style
I’ve seen really cool videos like this.
When people have done this
in a ton of different locations with different people
and it kind of sums up their travel experience really nicely.
So imagine the style of that GoPro selfie.
Compared to something,
when maybe you want to create something a bit more emotional
and you want to have a nice 50 mil lens.
It’s quite cropped lens that
you can get down to a really nice F-stop a low aperture.
When it gives you a really shallow depth of
field kind of very similar to what this is being shot on now.
If you imagine this kind of shot,
but throughout your whole travel video
and maybe you put everything in slow motion.
Maybe you use a really slow
kind of emotional track that builds up to something.
That’s a completely different style,
obviously to the Gopro selfie 360 video,
which is kind of like relies on a transition
to a kind of carry the video forward
and probably a more upbeat style track.
So, you really have to pick your style.
Because otherwise you’re going to end up with a kind of jumble
in between those two extremes of travel video styles.
And it’s not going to be cohesive.
It’s not really going to make sense.
So, you really need to pick a style
in between those two styles or more extreme
whatever you want to do.
But make sure you stick to that throughout your video.
The scary thing here is that, that
kind of does seem limiting.
So imagine you just want to do that
360 degree selfie video,
and then there’s a really nice moment that
you see of a dog on a beach
with the Sun behind it.
And you’re like how do I capture that
in my 360 degree selfie video on a GoPro.
That would be much more suited to having your 50mil style video in there
and that’s the problem.
The problem that you have to deal with
when picking your style is that
some styles are going to exclude certain things and include others
and the other styles are going to do the opposite.
So, you need to kind of figure out
what your trip is going to be about,
what kind of stuff you want to make
and then pick your style,
go from there.
All right. So this brings us really nicely on to Tip No. 2,
which is all about selecting what you shoot.
Now, this sounds obvious.
But it’s incredibly important and
it’s going to save you
so much time in the edit.
To be honest,
most of the stuff in this video sounds obvious.
But I don’t see anyone doing it,
who is just starting out.
It’s very typical that you make your first travel video and
get absolutely no where with it and get frustrated
and then never make a travel video again.
Because you thought it was
a massive bore lake or it ruined your trip.
But really, if you apply these tips,
you’re going to have a great time whilst doing it.
And it’s going to be so much easier for you.
So when we’re talking about selecting your footage,
this is really important for selecting your shots.
Basically, what it means is that
you’ve got your theme, you’ve got your style
and now you need to basically select each shot
according to that style.
So when you’re out and
you have this style in your mind.
You want to be picking shots
that are specific to that style
and that means not filming everything.
This is the biggest mistake that people make is
when they’re traveling and think,
“Oh, this is cool. This is cool. This is cool. This is cool.”
这个酷 这个也酷 这个好酷 这个真酷
and then you have a horrible time in the edit
of going through 300 gigabytes of footage.
And to be honest,
most the time when you shoot that much,
you have one look at it and just think.
“Nah, not going to edit this.”
Just definitely not
and then you don’t make that travel video
that you actually set out to make in the first place.
So, this is super important.
Select your shots
and this kind of
involves this is like a micro point within
everything in travel filmmaking.
Obviously so much goes into just
the shots that you get
which shots you get.
how you shoot them,
which is way beyond the scope of this video.
But for this tip,
I’m just giving you the advice of
selecting it, according to the theme
and make sure you keep stuff steady.
This is kind of like two points in one.
But why not?
Keep stuff steady,
make sure that you’re not
shaking it around.
Just take that little bit of time of just thinking.
Does this look nice?
Is this going to work in my video?
And just by putting that tiny bit of
thought into the each shot.
It’s going to help you so much in that edit.
Okay. So now we’re on to tip 3.
There is a huge distinction
between filming and editing
a travel video.
a lot of the time. And it doesn’t have to be that way.
Essentially what I’m saying is that
it’s very easy to go out
when you’re traveling,
get a load of footage
and then suddenly it’s very different
when you’re back at home.
And you have to edit that footage
and there’s kind of a separation
between those two things.
And it doesn’t allow you to kind of
keep your mind consistent in what’s going on.
So it’s, it makes it hard basically to
keep the edits in mind
when you’re shooting
and then your original plan in mind
when you’re actually editing.
So, a really useful thing
you can do to bridge this gap
is when you’re actually shooting,
start listening to a few tracks
to help you imagine
what your video is going to be like in the edit.
So, go on SoundCloud or go on YouTube.
Start listening to those tracks
that you might want to use in your video.
And try and really visualize
what it’s going to look like.
Because this is going to give you
some really important distinctions,
especially if you’re going through the footage,
you’ve already shot at this point as well.
It will enable you
hmm and maybe I haven’t shot enough of this
and I need to shoot more of that
or maybe add the footage I’ve bought so far
isn’t really what I imagined.
I’m going to adjust from here.
Because it saves you that
horrible hike of shooting blindly
the whole time without really that vision.
And then turning up in the edit and just being like,
“Oh, damn! I shot everything wrong.”
But this is a really important process
that you can go through
and even better than that.
It’s actually editing
whilst you’re shooting as well.
That can be super usefulness.
What I actually did in Croatia was on maybe day four.
Start going through the footage I shot already.
Start editing that and then it made me realize
I’ve shot so much footage of
me back stepping off a boat.
And I haven’t really told a story.
I haven’t got any landscape footage.
I haven’t got any party footage.
Let’s hustle these next three days
trying get all that other stuff
to make the video actually work
and make it the original vision
I actually wanted it to be.
Alright. So, we are onto our bonus tip,
just as these lawn guys
decided to get its massive mower out
and start doing a huge lawn beside that.
It’s not going to stop.
So we’re going to crack onto this bonus tip right now,
which is to
save yourself a lot of time in the edit.
Make sure that your editing process
which means putting a timer on for your edit.
也就是说 你剪辑时 要设定一个计时器
And what do I mean by that?
This is like a productivity hack that
I use a lot in my editing,
which means that
when you come back from your trip,
you have a ton of footage and
it can often be a little bit discouraging,
to be honest.
So actually, sit down and do it,
especially when you’ve been away in Greece or something
and then you’re back to England.
And it’s like you’re in the rain.
It’s like now I’ve got to relive these memories
and edit my video for
however long it’s going to take me.
So what you really want to do
is just say to yourself
or write down your to-do list
or however you manage your time.
Edits video for 30 minutes
and that’s all I want you to do.
And literally put on a timer for 30 minutes
next to you in the edit and just
start going through your footage.
And just by putting on that timer,
you will sit down and do it.
Because 30 minutes doesn’t sound like a big deal.
And once you get into it,
you’re actually probably more likely to realize
“Oh, this is actually cool.
Let’s keep going through this and do it.”
And I would manage your time
whilst you’re editing in time slots as well.
So once you’ve done that first 30 minutes and
you’ve kind of pushed through that boundary of editing.
Then you can maybe set a timer
for 45 minutes or an hour.
And just do your edit in an hour a day
or if you have much more time,
an hour slots in a day maybe do
four hours in a day and
have like different time slots.
This is really going to help you organize your time.
So you don’t end up pulling all-nighters whilst you edit
or just editing for hours non-stop
or not editing at all.
It will make you feel a lot better throughout the process
and encourage you to do it more.
Because some of the things that
happen within travel filmmaking
can discourage you from the process,
especially if you end up editing for 12 hours,
you like, “I never want to do that again.”
“No more travel videos for me.”
That’s really it’s kind of like a shame really.
And if you manage your time better,
then it can encourage you to make a ton more
and keep going,
however long you will make them in the future.
Alright, guys. I think that’s going to give you a good foundation.
There’s four tips to make that first travel video.
And I would just get out there and smash it.
You know, it’s an amazing experience
and it can be really a lot of fuel
your own creativity in your brain,
especially if you’re not that creative.
And you’re not doing creative stuff in your day to day life.
It can be a really cool thing,
not only capturing memories,
but also to fire up their creativity in your brain.
And if that is your goal,
I’m looking forward to reading
those comments about your motivations
to maybe grow a following
or start a career in this direction.
All right, guys!
Keep filming. I’ll catch you very soon.
Hey, guys! How’s it going? Thomas here