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WANT TO VLOG YOUR HOLIDAY? HERE’S HOW TO GET STARTED & NOT FEEL SILLY

Why Should I Vlog (video log) My Holiday?

Pictures say a thousand words but from someone who has filmed (as of writing this post) the last 540 days of my life – video is so much more memorable and so much more magical to revisit.

Vlogging your holiday can be as simple as filming small moments right up to a 10 minute moving picture book. The great thing about vlogging is you can decide how much to film and the best bit is you don’t need to share it anywhere, your vlog is still a vlog even if it doesn’t end up on YouTube.

Okay You’ve Convinced Me But I May Feel Silly Talking to A Camera

Trust us you will feel silly, we have been doing this for a while now and I swear it took a couple of hundred days to get over the awkward feeling of talking to a camera. We are not here to tell you that you won’t feel silly but instead to give you some tips on how to get over it:

Walk and Talk: One it shows movement in your video but two it will allow you to walk and talk right past all those people who you think are looking at you. When in reality they are not looking at you but instead staring at the Colosseum.

Have someone standing with you or in front of you: It’s hard to explain but having someone involved in your silliness goes a long way. Also having them walk in front of you is perfect as it blocks any sort of potential eye contact that may make you feel awkward.

Practice, Practice, Practice: We didn’t get over the awkwardness by having our camera switched off and in our pockets every day.

What Should I Film?

You should film the moments you want to remember: This can be in front of that iconic monument or it simply can be everyone laughing and tasting the best pizza you have ever had.

Film yourself in the moment: You can always find footage of times square beautifully shot on the most expensive camera in the world but you can’t find footage of you in times square taking it all in for the first time.

What Should I Say?

First of all we do recommend you talk in your videos, mostly so the final product is not a 3 minute music video but also so you can share your thoughts about how you feel.

Talk about how you are feeling: This is where video trumps photos as you can describe the ambiance, what you feel and how that mountain just took your breathe away.

Talk about what you are doing: Here you are building a story, filling in the gaps that the video may miss out, like that squirrel which just ran behind a tree and out of your shot.

Show your findings: There’s no greater feeling than returning home from a trip and then inspiring a friend or family member to go there based on your recommendation. People love to know where you stayed and where that incredible gelato was purchased from.

Edit Your Video

Let’s be honest, as awesome as you think your footage is – not everyone wants to see a 2 hour cut of your incredible vlog throughout Europe. This same rule applies to the most memorable day of your life – your wedding day – and is why 5 minute cuts of weddings became popular because they are easily consumed, easily shared and will more than likely have you coming back to watch than your 2 hour feature length film.

If you are looking for a quick and easy to use software to put your travels together on the plane ride home, give Filmora a try. It’s perfect for beginner vloggers and also includes beautiful effects and transitions to bring your video to the next level. As a bonus, if you want to practice at home before you vlog in front of the Eiffel tower you can use their advanced editing options to greenscreen you right into Paris.

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You May Not Need A New Camera

The amount of emails, WhatsApp messages from friends and general advice requested about buying a camera for a upcoming holiday is understandable but not required. My first reply is simple, what phone do you currently use? Their response is usually the latest Samsung or iPhone product.

I’m not here to sell you the latest iPhone (Apple does a grand job of doing it themselves) but with a 12 megapixel back and 5 megapixel front facing camera as well as 4K video recording and super slow motion at 1080p – the best camera to buy is the one you already have in your pocket.

Okay you want some Camera recommendations for Vlogging

Okay, okay for reasons which you don’t have to explain you still want some camera recommendations. We have personally used both the Canon G7X and Sony RX100II. Both are fantastic devices for vlogging and one is half the price.

If you still don’t want to use your phone but also don’t want to spend $1000 bucks on a new camera you will probably use this one trip then we cannot recommend the G7X enough. As a bonus it has a flip up screen so you know if you are in focus.

New Blog Series About Filming & Vlogging

I might just start putting together a new series about filming and vlogging so if you have any questions for part 2, leave them below.

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This post was brought to you by Filmora, however as always our opinion is, our own.

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  • Love the advice! I’m gearing up to start vlogging as well and this helped me immensely (especially the awkwardness part), so thank you!

    • So glad to hear and fingers crossed for your first vlogging trip!!

  • I started vlogging for the first time when I was in New Zealand and I loved it! Of course, I had my friend with me so when I went to Boston/NYC last month, I wimped out and didn’t blog 🙁

    And yes, Filmora is one of the best video editors I’ve ever used! I only had the trial and contemplated on buying the full edition if I ever took vlogging a bit more serious.

    • Ah this soo incredible to hear that you did some vlogging! What did you do with the end result? Just showed friends?

  • Krista

    Does Filmora work on Microsoft or is for Apple software? After watching you from the beginning, you guys made me want to vlog my adventures. Of course I’m still shy to talk to the camera like you guys, but at the moment I’ve just been working on 3 min videos with just music. I’m about to do a contiki tour through Queensland (my home state) and I can’t wait to film it! I also got a Canon EOS M3 as I felt my Canon 500d was a bit bulky and old. I have more fun capturing and filming with my EOS now and it was the perfect purchase for me. I’m still learning it, but it’s got my creativity of photography & video making back up there with something I LOVE doing.

    For my Editing Software, I’m just using Windows Movie Maker as it came with the laptop but I’m wanting something that allows me to do more to my videos eg: you’re talking to the camera but in the meantime show some snippets of what you’re explaining during it. little things like that. Some of my friends just don’t understand why I waste my time spending so much time on stuff like this, but it truly gets my heart pumping and aching for more adventure.

    I just went to Sydney and made a little vlog –

    https://youtu.be/43FUxC8kQ3Y

    And I used a “gorilla pod” for an extendable arm while vlogging. That helped so much. Your photos are inspiration as well, but I’ve already told you guys rock and that you’re my favourite “vlogging, phototaking” couple.
    Looking forward to your trips in Melbourne & Sydney!
    Krista

    • This is fantastic – thank you so much for taking the time to write out your reply! Loved the video – looked like you had a lot of fun and you even gave us some tips for Sydney 🙂 I have a Mac so I am not too sure if it works on Windows (sorry).

      Like I said the blog post you will slowly get over your shyness – it just takes some time!

  • Chloe Mobberley

    Hi there!

    I was just wondering where you guys bought the canon g7x camera. I’m having trouble finding somewhere to buy it in Australia.

    Thanks heaps!!

    • Hey!! We bought the g7x just before the new g7x mark II came out, have a feeling that you will only be able to find the mark II around now! That makes us so happy that we have inspired you to film your trip to SA – if you do we would LOVE to watch them 🙂

  • LOL thank you for addressing the awkwardness (I’m awk AF). Great tips!

    • haha no way to combat that awkwardness until you embrace it 😛

  • Emily

    Hi guys, thank you for the tips! I’ve got a trip to Nepal coming up this February for 3 weeks, and I feel very inspired to vlog it! Just wondering if its feasible to edit the vlogs when i come back, as it is such a short trip I don’t want to spending a lot of time editing while I’m there. I’m just concerned about having enough space for all the video files on my camera!