You can certainly imagine a


You can certainly imagine a scenario based on where and how you’re going — i.e., from Sydney to Alice Springs via train — but in my experience the actual “script” develops as I travel. In this instance I know I need shots of Sydney and its train station, and of Alice Springs when I arrive. But I have no way of knowing what I’ll see along the way so I respond to my environment as I move along.
With that in mind, there are certain shots which, for me, are essential.
(1) Signage: it helps tell the story of where I am and what I’m looking at.
(2) A wide, medium and closeup shot of everything I take footage of. This gives me lots of flexibility when editing.
(3) Shots of people doing things in the environment you’re shooting. Nothing is more boring (unless you’re an architectural historian) than shot after shot of old buildings. Include buildings in your cover shots, but try to focus on people in the medium and closeup.
(4) A good way of keeping track of where and what you’re shooting is to begin each day by shooting a reminder — the hotel stationary, for example, of the hotel sign — with the date/time turned on in your camera so it records on the image. Then be sure to turn off the on-screen date/time and enjoy shooting for the rest of the day. When you review your material for edit you’ll identify locations easily.
(5) One final suggestion: identify your audience before you begin the trip. What you shoot to appeal to 20-somethings will undoubtedly be different from what you shoot for the gray-beard set.


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