5 Ways to Take Better Travel Videos with Your Phone
Shoot Video Horizontally
There’s nothing worse than watching a travel video in portrait mode. You know, with the black bars on the sides? Turn your camera on its long side to shoot landscape. This will quickly separate you from the amateurs. Of course, if you’re shooting video for Instagram, you’ll want to shoot vertically.
Keep the Phone Stationary
There’s nothing more nauseating than jerky camera work. Keep your phone stationary if there’s lot of action around you. Rest the phone on a stationary object for even more professional looking video. I’ve even rested the camera on my husband’s shoulder!
Shoot 10-Second Clips Minimum
If you’re planning to edit your clips into a video, you will need at least ten seconds of footage. Transitions between frames (fade, blur, etc.) will account for three seconds or longer, so that leaves you with only seven seconds of footage. Quick changing clips make your final video punchy, while longer clips make your video more thoughtful.
Shoot Multiple Angles
Using a single phone, simply record the same scene from multiple angles — high, low, tight, wide. This will make your video more dynamic and your audience may never even know you shot on a phone. Be creative!
Edit Before You Post
iMovie is an app now so you can edit from your iPad or iPhone (sorry Android users, but check out this article). I used iMovie to quickly edit my video from a volcano hike in the Philippines. Editing your video before you post it allows you to add titles, music, and even stabilize jittery clips.