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How to film your adventures

3 top tips on bringing your adventures to life
August 19, 2014
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If there's one way to breathe life into the stories of your adventures, it's to film it. And in this day and age of YouTube and Vimeo, never has it been easier. But with there being millions of videos online, how do you ensure that your video actually gets watched? Having spent 20 years as a professional cameraman, shooting celebrities and explorers, here are my three top tips on how to shoot an adventure ensure it gets seen.

Choose the right equipment

These days, it's surprisingly easy to film your adventures. You don't need a professional video camera or the latest DSLR camera rig. You can shoot on virtually anything, even your phone. My personal favourite is the GoPro. It's relatively cheap, versatile and most importantly, incredibly easy to use.  Check out our list of the best head cameras for filming your adventures.

Always shoot in a sequence

You've got to think about filming your adventure as though you're telling a story: there must be a beginning, middle and end.  The best way to do this is to vary your shot sizes as well as being creative with your camera angles.

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You'll need a scene setter (a wide shot) as well as close up shots that allow the viewer to see what's happening within the wide shot context. Don't be afraid to repeat your action twice from different angles. The simple rule is, if you change angle, change your shot type (close up, medium, wide)

Content is king

It can be beautifully shot, but if it's boring, no one will watch it.  So try not to worry about how good the photography is, just concentrate on what your shooting.

At the end of the day, it's all about getting out there and having fun.

 


  • Rob Yu

    Thanks for the tips!

    The most difficult thing I’ve noticed when filming an adventure is that most of us are focused on adventuring instead of filming, so when filming -is- done, it’s haphazard: sequences aren’t well-planned –> more editing needed later –> the more editing needed, the less likely any editing is going to be done at all –> we end up with GB of HD footage just sitting around.

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