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5 Summer Vacation Video Tips

Katie Armstrong
July 27, 2011 by Katie Armstrong Alum

Here in the States, summer is still in full swing, and everyone knows that the warm months go hand-in-hand with prime vacation season. As video lovers, it's only natural to want to preserve those holiday memories to share with our pals and family members back home, but let's face it, sometimes our vacay recaps can turn into a bit of a snoozefest.

Don't worry, we've put together 5 tips to help guide you on your path to vacation video perfection. But first, take a look at Ferias no Brasil by Javi Devitt for a little inspiration-

1. Let the location speak for itself!
Show, don't tell. Think of the setting as one of the subjects of your video. You can still be the star, but let the scene have it's camera time, too.

2. Show us your friends.
Video allows for candid moments. Try to capture your fellow travelers being themselves as opposed to herding them in front of notable landmarks and forcing them to say "Cheese!" (Though a little cheesiness never hurt anyone, see the Pro Tip below!) Take a look at Escape by Scott Foley for a good example of this.

3. Think in shots.
It's easy to get carried away and film everything you see, but this can make editing a bit of a headache. Have the final video in mind when you're shooting, and be selective. Try to shoot clips that vary in length. It's hard to edit down really long clips.

4. Document the "moments" you want to remember.
Sometimes little things like a bottle of beer sweating in the sun can bring back the strongest memories. Try to notice the little things and give those moments some time in your video. If you watch a performance, there's no need to document the whole thing, just show a moment from it, and that's all you need. Think of your video as a highlight reel!

5. If you're having fun, chances are it's going to be fun to watch!
If you're having a blast on your vacation, taking some video while you're in the midst of your happiness will preserve that time for the future! Sometimes it doesn't hurt to let one of your trusted travel companions to take some video of you, too.

*P***Pro tip:** A fun alternative to those classic group vacation shots is what we call a 'fauxtograph', where you tell your subjects you are taking a picture but it's actually a video. Get everyone set up and then see how long you can get them to sit still. Trust us, it's a hoot!

Okay vacationers, with these easy tips, you're ready to get out there and make some memories that can stand the test of time! If you still need some examples, take a look at A Day at the Beach by Jeen de Vos Producties and The Wolfs Dance Orlando by Brute Wolf. Awesome!

6 Comments

Herman Fok Plus

awesome tips, thanks so much for this and the inspiration!

Sandra Kaumoana

Useless me..I spend far too much time looking at everything at once..and end up knowing nothig..Hmm I try too hard just understanding what it all means..doawh! so unnatural..is is?!

kelly blackwell

it was tooooo much action they lost me halfway through too frenetic I was exhausted just watching!

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