How to Successfully Film a Travel Vlog

Iz Harris, a travel vlogger gives advice and what formulas she uses to shoot and edit for her videos.

What I’ve gotten from this is that you mainly have three types of shots you need to get in order to give the viewer context and what it would be like to actually be there. Harris really focuses on not just showing the viewer the space, but rather immerse the person and give them the feeling of what it would actually be like visiting the place or space.

What’s really worth noting is that she has what she calls a formula for doing this, although I think each one of us would have our own way of taking the type of shots we think are important to show.

In the Edit

You need to make the video flow. In order to do so, she uses the best footage up front to give the viewer context. She then follows this with an introduction where she tells the viewer what the video will be about, where she is and what to expect, and then goes into adding all the shots she’s taken that she thinks portrays the place.

Look at the pacing. To tell a story make it a “cohesive viewing experience”. Each place you’ll be visiting, and activities you’d be participating, will require a different pace.

What I’ve Learnt

Look at a theme for your video based on what you took from the experience on a personal level. Base the music, sound effects, and pace on that theme and create your video with that as thread to best portray what a person could experience when visiting the place.


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