A travel vlog should have the capacity to make the viewers experience the same thing as the vlogger does. The shooting angle, the point of view, and the language are important factors that can affect whether a vlog is engaging to its viewer or not.
Sometimes, a travel vlog does not have to be longer than a minute, especially if the taken scene is already captivating viewers, such as the magnificent rainbow in Niagara waterfalls, a crystal clear underwater view, or an eery yet majestic spots of a cave.
Ordinary tourist attractions are the ones that need a longer narration as they are too familiar to discuss and have the potency to be just another cliche story.
The key to creating a travel vlog that can attract many audiences camera techniques, message delivery, and also the editing synergize altogether. Here, we are going to learn about them.
Deciding on Your Gadgets
You must know that recording your journey with a full camera set is not always good. First, you need more time to edit the result, which will make it appear as less personal to the audience. If compared to a vlog made with a smartphone that broadcasts in real time through YouTube or Instagram live, a professional vlog will feel less intimate. It does not give the viewers live immersive experience.
Get a Platform
Of course, for your viewers to get that first class experience of viewing your Vlog, it is best to select a platform that you find a joy to work with. There are numerous free platforms like the major social media sites, or you can decide to self host your own site. All you need is a reliable web host, and an open source CMS to run the website. In either case, viewer satisfaction should be the focus.
Fast Editing Apps for Phones
Smartphones facilitate the capability to record videos as well as editing them right away on the phone. Learn the easy guide to join clips, and you can enjoy the easiness of combining several short videos into one. It is handy if you want to make a video footage.
Other video editors you will need will be the ones that can do the basics, such as trimming videos, adding texts, music, and special effects. For Android, ActionDirector Video Editor or Adobe Premiere Clip will do the tricks. For iPhones, iMovies is more than enough.
Balance Exposure of Yourself and the Surrounding
The common mistake of a travel vlogger is that he/she shows too much or too little of themselves in the videos. What the viewers want to see is the environment, the eye-capturing scenery, and a bit of you reading them.
You can also include other people on the screen to make your shows more interactive with the local populace. The viewers want to know how the people perceive their surroundings too.
Reducing the Noise and Disruption
Even if you are visiting a crowded tourist destination, like Bangkok, pick a place that can make your voice hearable. Too much background noise will distract your viewers from enjoying the content that you are presenting.
Apple users can install VideoSoap for the noise reduction purpose. For Android users, you can have Snapseed or Noise Reducer. But all of them will not be necessary if you pick the right time at the right spot.
You must also avoid creating shaky videos. It can make the viewers dizzy and disrupt their focus on the video itself. For scenes that have too much mobility, you can opt to wear a helmet with a stationary action camera.