How to Shoot Vacation Video that Doesn't Suck
Every year we go on vacation. And every year we come back with hours of torturous video that we force our friends and family to watch. Not this year. This year, you're going to shoot vacation video that doesn't suck.
Turns out it’s not that hard-- there's no studying and no hard work. 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 they keep the “move” in “movies.”
Shooting 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. Noun plus verb.
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.Continued on the next page