Being a travel vlogger lets you experience and share cultures from all around the world. As you create your travel vlog, there are best practices that will help you on your way. With these five simple steps, you’ll be able to take your vlog from good to awesome!
Step 1: Narrate the story.
At the core of a vlog is you, the vlogger. You will be the vehicle for your story, getting it from the beginning to the end. This means you’ll need to shoot yourself, selfie style, for narration of the story. For the best angle, you’ll need a small tripod and a camera with a flip-out, articulating monitor that allows you to see yourself while you shoot. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II’s fully articulating screen is designed to make this easy. And because its touch screen, you don’t need to access the back of the camera to change settings. Plus, the EOS 6D Mark II has dual pixel autofocus, so you’ll easily keep the focus on you.
Step 2: Set up the location.
Give some context to the location you’re vlogging about with an establishing shot. Timelapse is a great way to show off the feel of a location while also capturing what it looks like. More than just a moving image, timelapse can create dramatic time compression effects, but the technique often require special equipment like an intervalometer. Conveniently, the EOS 6D Mark II has an intervalometer built in. Not only can you do timelapse in-camera without the need of an intervalometer, the EOS 6D Mark II will also combine your time lapse images into a video for you, ready to be placed on the editing timeline.
Step 3: Show multiple perspectives.
With the change of a lens, you get a wider field of view. This changes what the viewer sees and what they see of the environment around you. For example, if you were shooting at 24mm on a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, you’ll have a pretty wide shot, but it’s likely you will only be able to see your face and a bit around you when shooting selfie-style. But if you change to an even wider field of view, say 16mm on the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM lens, the viewer will see you and your environment at the same time. That wide field of view in combination with the full frame sensor of the EOS 6D Mark II, you’ll have much more in frame.
Step 4: Keep the visuals interesting.
Some subject matter will benefit from being slowed down. To achieve 2.5 times slow-mo, shoot at 60 frames per second and slow it down to 24 frames per second. The EOS 6D Mark II shoots up to 60 frames per second in full HD, giving you 2.5 times slow-mo that will will enrich your story and add drama to just about any shot.
Step 5: Stay in contact with your audience.
This can be done as you go. Connect with your audience as you work. This will familiarize them with your upcoming work, and give them a behind the scenes look at the world of a travel vlogger! With built in Wi-Fi, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II can send your pictures directly to your phone to share to the social media channel of your choice.
With these five simple steps, you will be able to tell a better story and take your travel vlog from good to awesome. Your story needs a storyteller, and as a travel vlogger you will need to shoot yourself to tell that story. An establishing shot helps the viewer understand the surroundings of the vlog and when you change up your field of view, the audience will get even more context to the location. Use slow motion to give more drama to your story and lastly, stay connected with your audience as you create your story. These five steps will ensure your travel vlog is as good as it can be.