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Know These Pro Blogger Travel Filming Tips

Going on vacation? On the most beautiful beaches of Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, etc.? Or do you want to visit the “Old World” and travel all over Europe to see legends of Romania or anything else? It doesn’t matter where you go, but you probably want to bring vivid memories in the form of beautiful photos. But then you return home and see that some images are blurred or faded, while the others are uninteresting, not showing the emotions. On vacation, many do not pay too much attention to the composition and the quality of the resulting image; they took off…and well…This is wrong because haste is the main enemy of the photographer. Therefore, you need to know how to avoid typical mistakes. The most common errors are blurred frames, crooked horizons and the wrong position of the object in the frame.


Use These Travel Filming Tips


Blurred Photos  


Blurred, fuzzy shots happen due to camera movement during shooting. Even when shooting absolutely motionless objects, do not forget that the hand is trembling.It is believed that when shooting with hands, the maximum possible shutter speed in seconds is equal to the reverse focal length in millimeters (for example, for a 300 mm focus, shutter speed should be 1/500 or 1/1000, in the extreme case 1/250 but 1/125 is no longer acceptable).


How to fix it? Keep the camera still, put it on the table, handrail, step, etc., but it is better to have a tripod. If you have a large SLR camera, then pick up the appropriate small camping tripod, if you use a small digital camera, you can limit it to a portable or even a desktop tripod, the size and weight of which is very small and will not burden you.


Crooked Horizons


The falling horizon in most cases does not decorate the frame. The horizon can be straightened, for example, in Photoshop, but straightening the horizon will “eat” the edges of the frame, so it is better to pay attention to the camera position initially.


Make sure the horizon is flat. If the camera provides such an opportunity, turn on the grid of thirds, which will help to orient in the horizontal plane. If the camera does not display a grid, but there are focus points visible in the viewfinder, you can navigate along the horizontal symmetrical points.


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Border Frames


Define frame boundaries carefully. Often, vertical objects – trees, standing people, and tall buildings do not fit into the horizontal format of the image. Therefore, rotate the camera so as not to cut the object. You can zoom in or out on an object with the help of a zoom. You can also go closer to the subject or go farther away. If you are shooting a video, it’s also better to keep a horizontal position of the camera. However, if you suddenly found out that you shot a memorable clip vertically, don’t delete it right away. You may find numerous tools in the Web that will help you rotate the video. The most popular one is the software from Freemake.


It is not always necessary for the object to enter completely. Sometimes only a part of an object looks good, a fragment that is in itself of interest and complete composition. Try to avoid emptiness in the picture, as well as to prevent unnecessary objects around the principal object. If the object still does not fit into the frame, but there is no place to move away, take a few overlapping pictures, from which you can create the panorama at home.


Too Much Light


An excess of sunlight, directed at the camera lens, can easily spoil your pic. Highlights are spots and circles caused by sunlight, which is reflected in the internal lens of the lens. Even if the sun does not enter the frame, reflections can still occur.


Try to choose the optimal lighting for the object. For the pictures to be clear, bright and beautiful, a sufficient amount of light must be placed on the matrix. The best conditions are natural daylight. If there is not enough light, turn on all available lighting, use the flash. The distance to the object should not exceed the range of the flash. Usually, the built-in flash is effective at a distance of 1-6 meters, depending on the specific camera model. The flash range can be specified in the camera manual. However, if possible, try not to use the built-in flash, because with her photos look less beautiful and natural.


No Particular Subject In the Frame


When framing, do not place the subject in the center. The photo from this point looks static and boring. Move the subject slightly away from the center. This will give the picture dynamism and expressiveness. Use the rule of thirds, i.e., mentally break the image in the viewfinder into thirds horizontally and vertically, so that the result is nine fragments.


There is one axiom in the photo theory that says that the photo will be more balanced and will make a more profound impression on the viewer if the objects of interest are located at the points of intersection or along the grid lines. Therefore, try to arrange all the objects on which you want to concentrate attention at the points of intersection of these lines. If you are shooting a landscape, place the horizon line on one of the horizontal lines.


Are You Using iPhone or Android?


Phone nowadays can be even better than most cameras. Whether you’re using an iPhone for your footage or an Android for your footage, you can really get some great shots for your travel film. There are all kinds of articles on the web about using your mobile device for this.


Do not be afraid to experiment. Take a few pictures, with different angles and settings. Thus you will have more successful photos when you get back home. One of the worst things you can do when you take a special trip is to come home with bad photos and videos. These travel filming tips, will get you on your way to having great visual memories of your travels. For more travel trips be sure to subscribe! 

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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