Guest post by Video Caddy - The Art of Video Creation
Millions of people from all over the world enjoy traveling. Most of them even consider it to be their favorite fun hobby.
With the internet becoming an integral part of our daily lives, there's a certain potential that comes from putting your fun hobby together with the perks of using the internet. In other words, you can use the business potential of the online world and combine it with your favorite hobby in order to make money.
Traveling can become more than just a hobby. You can actually earn money off it.
The best way to achieve this is to establish your own blog. Then, you can use this blog to turn your traveling adventures into a steady source of income.
All people record videos and take pictures on their trips and vacations. Well, these are the most important elements of your newly-established blog. Now, you need to lure in tons of visitors to make it all work to your advantage.
With that in mind, here's what you should do to turn your blog into a lucrative business effort and a make a passive income.
Contrary to what many people believe, you don't need the highest quality and the most expensive gear to take high-quality videos, but you do need something decent to get the most out of it.
This isn't a hard task since modern technology allows us to get pretty decent types of quality equipment at rather affordable prices. This means that you can afford an excellent 1080p DSLR camera for only $400-500.
Add around $300-400 for a multipurpose lens and your gear is ready to roll. You'll be taking great quality videos in no time with such a minor investment. Now, aside from video quality, audio is another essential part of creating an excellent user experience.
If your videos contain any speech or background music and sounds, you should do everything within your power to meet today’s standards. Remember, the more you invest in providing your viewers with the best experience possible, the more your blog will be successful.
Find your own video style
Videography greatly matters here. Finding your own video style plays a crucial role in presenting your blog to the audience. The more you know about this, the better the results will be and, when it comes to traveling videos, video styles greatly matter.
Different filming techniques better present different types of landscapes, so it's mandatory that you educate yourself about different video styles.
What works for someone, won't work for you, so finding your own video style gives you better chances to reach more viewers.
On top of all this, if you really want to stand out from the crowd, and blogging is a very crowded market, you'll need some additional equipment like a light and a small tripod to get the best shots you possibly can. People will value your efforts but you have to give them quality to earn their loyalty.
Take your time when picking the right frame and try to be as creative as possible. It's very important to start properly and give people good quality content to ensure their satisfaction. Once you cover all the basics, you can start showing your most amazing videos to gain more audiences with each effort.
Taking videos always requires that extra push regarding post-production before you make your content public. So, post-processing is a must. Retouching your videos is immensely important especially during your initial, blog-establishing phase.
This will determine your status as a blogger/vlogger so the more effort you put into it, the better the results will be. You can retouch your videos on your own in the beginning but, as you start earning money, take outsourcing post-processing services into your consideration.
Carefully select a video platform
Online platforms are all over the place and they all have different features and purposes. In your case, you have two options: Vimeo and YouTube. Both have different benefits.
YouTube allows you to create your own revenue channel and grow your base of subscribers. Vimeo attracts an audience that prefers high-quality videos and offers you a chance to build your own community.
Now that you have learned how to walk in the world of video blogging, remember to take some videos on your future travels and upload them online so that you can start your serious blogging business. Earning money from this will get you to travel even more than before so it's well worth your time, effort, and money.
Want a cool job traveling the world on
someone else’s dime?
This is one of the most lucrative, and
fun ways to get there...
Hi, my name is Tom Reissmann, and I currently live in Panama.
I am going to tell you today about the very enjoyable way I finance my travels and my life overseas.
I work part-time – with three months off every summer – and I currently earn between $80,000 and $90,000 a year with this method.
This is me at work…
I use the record button on my camera to create short simple videos, as I travel the world, often on someone else’s dime.
Can you create short, simple 2-minute videos on your smartphone or camera?
I know you can because it’s as simple as pressing record and your Smartphone will actually create videos for you.
And this could change the way you travel…
There are countless companies out there willing to pay you for them!
Right now, hotels, resorts and business all over the world, need short simple videos of their rooms, the pool, the beaches and restaurants and fun things to do, to use in their marketing.
For a simple 2-minute video you can get paid anywhere from $400 - $2000… and the best, earn as much as $7000 per video.
Or instead of cash, you can trade your videos for free perks like fancy hotel rooms, guided tours, cruise packages and vacations around the world.
Maybe you’d like a fully-comped romantic weekend getaway at a top-end hotel in Costa Rica?
Or perhaps you prefer adventure travel… like an African safari or a Costa Rica jungle tour, yours at no charge and on top of that you will get paid for the finished video.
It’s a great way to expand your travel budget or supplement your retirement income, especially if you decide to live abroad.
But it’s also a nice way to see your dream destinations because you’re getting paid to be there and create little videos of all the fun things you see and do.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to tour the National Parks in Canada and the US? This was a dream of mine for years so last year, this is what I did – traveling by RV from one to the next filming videos that were used by companies, tourism agencies, and even a documentary.
Or maybe a beach in Mexico or Panama is more your thing? I’m spending a bit of time in Panama this year… so I can see why you might like to winter here or try it out as a retirement destination.
One of the best things about this opportunity is that I get to travel like this – wherever I want to go.
Costa Rica, Holland, Spain, Greece…?
Even An African Safaris and the Outback of Australia aren’t out of the question.
This opportunity has taken me all over the world to several of the planet’s most coveted locations.
Here’s how it works…
From Machu Picchu to the Sea of Cortez… Wherever your dreams take you, videos for resorts, hotels, and the tourism industry can help finance your travel experiences… and land you a fun, flexible income.
Authentic, user-generated videos help companies sell their story.
Companies want them to sell their business services.
Tourism boards want them to sell their location and vacation packages.
Safari companies want them to sell their tours.
Hotels in Costa Rica, here in Panama, and all over the world want them to attract American and European travelers. And more.
And they don’t want professional, cold videos either. They want authentic looking videos that come across as believable and real.
And that’s where you come in.
I started this business 15 years ago and I’ve managed to see most parts of the world this way including Australia, Europe, Africa, North America and now Central America.
But never back then did I see the kind of growth we’re seeing today.
Demand for video is massive.
- A website is 53 TIMES more likely to get to page 1 of a Google search if it has video in addition to plain text.
- YouTube is the second most popular search engine in the world.
- 52% of people feel more secure about making a purchase when they can view a video first, and 90% of people say that seeing a video about a product is helpful in their decision process.
So even at the basic $100 a minute rate, travel businesses know they get a great return on buying these short and simple travel videos off you.
For them, a short video is a clever investment. For you – it’s a great way to earn a fun income and see the world.
And the beauty is, not many people know how to do this so the price we’re paid for these videos is still quite high.
It’s the PERFECT time to get in when work is plentiful and the income potential is at its greatest.
What’s more, new technology for our phones has made it entirely possible to do everything you need right there on your smartphone. It’s amazing. You might not even need a tripod if I tell you what I use to film these videos. You’ll be surprised what a minimal investment it is.
So that’s my offer to you today.
Choose a fun, adventure filled retirement
You can invest in a program that actually makes you “work” for your retirement income ortravel funds.
Or you can try mine risk-free today and get paid to play.
There’s never been a better time to get in.
If you have a phone and you can turn it sideways and hit that little video button, you have what it takes.
Sarita Simmons wrote to me after taking my program and said: "I've always had a passion for travel. Thanks to you, producing travel videos is no longer intimidating, I know I can do this!"
And Melanie Wood another satisfied customer said: “It is surprisingly easy to do with a camera or iPhone. I’m doing a lot of videography now when I travel!”
Julia Cole did what I told her in the program and sent me this note about her first success and how easy it was: “Back in October, I took a leap and pitched a travel video to the owners of a cabin-lodging property. I had stayed there, three years before, and met the owners. I don't think they actually remembered me when I called but, amazingly, they agreed to comp 1/2 my 3-night stay in exchange for the video.”
And Dede Sindelar sent me the following:
“I began my adventure with a vacation rental owner marketing his property at an upscale resort in Mexico.
I used the exact words and benefits featured in the program to sell video services. “Have you ever thought of using video to promote your vacation destination?” Then I followed with all the stats that emphasize why video works.
You know what? He jumped on the opportunity in a heartbeat in exchange for a complimentary stay.
Tom didn’t leave anything out.
Next stop, Bella Sirena and the beautiful Sea of Cortez.“
Armed with a little insider know-how, you can do this.
It’s a clever investment because you’re basically paid to have fun whether you use it for full-time income or just an upgrade in your travel experiences.
Even real estate listings use these little videos now so I’ve added a section on that to the program.
And unlike other programs, you don’t have to invest a lot or wait a long time to see results. It’s pretty quick, and easy and you can start right there at home.
If you think this opportunity is for you, I’ve created a special page below that includes a breakdown of what you need -- including my Travel Videos for Profit program.
I’m not doing anything crazy or fancy. And in fact, if there’s a skill you need most, it’s the patience to sit in a café in Italy and film little video clips from your table. It’s to take a cruise down the Seine and film the view. It’s to sit on a mountaintop and wait for a hiker to break through the clouds.
It’s a no-brainer when you think about it because the sale of your very first video can more than pay for the program. And I’m happy to share my years of experience, my checklists, and blueprint for success… everything that already works for me, I’ll use to help you get that first sale.
Take a little time to learn this one simple skill, and you could launch a whole new travel filled, flexible income. One you’ll have for life.
Click on the orange button below, give it a risk-free try, and save $100 on my Travel Videos for Profit program - available here this week only…
To your fun travel adventures,
Videographer and teacher.
5 Simple tips to transition from photos to videos
By Charlie Bulla
I headed out early on the morning of my photography class, to get in some practice shots of fishermen out on the water as the morning sunlight crept across the canyon walls and trout sipped on flies. Then, after a few hours of tight lines, big smiles and lots of visual explosions for the camera, I packed my gear and headed into town for my class- where something even more exciting, and completely unexpected, happened.,
In class, I met a new instructor. He was there to teach us a bit about videography. My blinders went up at this idea, and to myself, I ranted…
“I’m a photographer. I’m a photographer. I’m a photographer.”
I wasn’t sure about making the transition from photographer to videographer… but after an hour of instruction, my life changed. When I realized I could tell stories with motion and audio, I felt like a kid in a candy store.
When learning a new skill, it’s good to keep things simple. So, here are 5 simple tips for photographers who want to learn and explore videos.
- Take inventory before you buy anything new
Starting a new hobby—whether it’s sewing, fishing, camping, or videography—often goes hand in hand with buying new equipment. However, with videography, don’t be in a rush to buy something new. Instead, take a look in your camera bag first: if you’ve bought a camera or smartphone within the past few years, you’re already on your way!
If your camera or smartphone has a record button, start there. Also, dust off your tripod, because steady video always outperforms shaky video. But other than that, there’s no need for a lot of fancy gear.
- Plan your shots
As with any other goal, a bit of planning goes a long way toward helping you get there—
and videography is no exception. So, for each outing or assignment, write down your goals and storyboard a shot list. Also, consider and plan for your lighting options on different locations. Quality light helps make quality video.
This process will help you visualize what you really want to capture with your video and make you more efficient. Of course, you’ll have to remain flexible as situations can always shift… but anticipation can be your best friend. Keep all your senses awake and be ready for the shot.
- Use the rules of good composition
Keep thinking like a photographer as you compose your video clips. Use the rule of thirds and include leading lines to drive your viewer through the frame.
The same elements of composition for good photography, along with patterns, textures, and depth of field, all work to create appealing video clips. And don’t forget to watch your frame edges to eliminate any distractions.
- Tell a story
Think about how you encounter most scenes in real life. Tell the story by starting with a wider angle and an establishing clip of the scene.
Next, move in a bit closer for a tighter, mid-range clip.
Then, get up close and personal to capture clips of details.
Creating clips with a sequence in mind will give you more options in the editing room and also attract editors if you want to sell your video clips.
- Capture motion
Video needs motion. Is your subject already moving? If so, after your frame is composed, hit record and let the action play out. Recording through the action will give you and those potential editors the most options when making your cuts and telling your story.
Can you make your subject move if it’s not already in motion? With a static subject and no movement in your composed frame, you may need to create motion with a tilt or pan movement of the camera while recording.
Once you capture some quality video footage, you’ve got options. You can create fun, short video clips focused on your interests and start uploading them to stock agencies for additional income. For travel, you can sell them directly to editors, tour companies, hotels, or travel destinations.
Wherever you let your video skills take you, I hope the excitement of storytelling with motion grabs you like it did me. Remember, start simple and have fun!
[Editor’s Note: Videos are the most lucrative way to get paid to travel with paychecks as high as $1,000 per minute of finished content. If you can create these short 30-second to 4-minute videos with your camera, phone or iPad, this is a great way to travel and get paid for it. The how-to’s and sample videos you can create are here.]
Videos: Learn the fundamentals and then spread your wings
By Joe Sindorf
Everywhere you look on social media, it’s clear. There’s increased demand on all platforms for video content. In fact, according to current research by Hubspot, at least 43% of consumers want to see more video.
For us as photographers and media content creators, that’s good news.
But before you grab your camera and start shooting clip after clip in order to cash in on the video bandwagon, you need to know that there are pitfalls the unknowing and untrained can fall into on the path to video success.
Video, like photography and writing, is an art form, and like all other forms of artistic expression, it has a core set of rules, techniques, and principles which must be learned.
It’s important to invest in your skills.
One winter day, when I was a young boy living in New Hampshire, school was called off because of a large storm that had come through the night before and dumped a couple feet of snow. I remember sleeping late, and when my mother came to wake me, she saw a beautiful fox outside my bedroom window, digging in the snow to find something to eat.
I eagerly got my father’s camera—a fully manual, rangefinder 35mm film camera—and confidently started taking photos of this amazing animal.
Of course, none of them came out. I hadn’t yet learned the basics of photography. I didn’t know how to set exposure and how to focus—let alone the aesthetic principles of composition and design. My intentions were great, and my confidence was admirable… but my skills were far from adequate to the task.
I can imagine some of you are in the same exact place right now. You know how to take still photographs that people like, and you may have even sold some of them as stock photography or fine art. And now, you’ve heard that video will allow you to sell at a much higher commission… or even be the means to quitting your job, traveling the world, and getting paid for doing what you love. And you can’t wait.
But before you grab your camera and start making a video, there are some very practical, important, and basic principles you need to learn to help you excel quickly and avoid making amateurish videos.
The value of learning from others…
I love traveling through Russia. I’ve been there many times, going back to when it was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and my wife and I were always accompanied (or followed!) by a government minder.
We loved the architecture, the boisterous use of color, the history of art and culture… but most of all, we fell in love with the people.
One of the guides I met in Moscow told me of an old Russian proverb that says: “A wise man learns from someone else’s mistakes, the smart man learns from his own, and the stupid one never learns.”
I don’t think anyone reading this is in that third category… of never learning.
Instead, I think you are fairly evenly split between the first two groups: those who learn from your own mistakes and those who learn from what others have experienced.
After that first, disappointing experience taking pictures of the fox on my snow day, my dad realized my innate interest in photography and bought me a cheap camera to start teaching me.
I am so glad he did! Those initial lessons and the time we spent together in a darkroom set the course of my life and livelihood.
I learned and practiced… and kept learning! In college, I studied photojournalism under two Pulitzer Prize winners. Then, when I expanded into film and video, my mentors were highly respected, award-winning filmmakers and cinematographers.
At each step, I was patiently taught the fundamentals and then given the creative freedom to spread my wings, develop my style, and go in the direction of my calling and my dreams.
That opportunity is being given to you, too. Great Escape Publishing has created a course to help you learn the skills needed to excel in shooting travel videos.
And you won’t just learn the basics… you’ll also receive some of the proven “insider” tips that professionals, like me, use to create great videos that clients will pay good money for… and the opportunity to get paid to travel.
Your dream, most assuredly, can become reality! Just be sure to take that first step and invest in yourself.
[Editor’s note: Right now, short video clips are selling for big bucks ($1,000 for a minute of video is not uncommon), and there’s not much competition out there… but, we don’t know how long the competition is going to stay low.
This is something you’ll want to start right now—and when you have a good teacher, you could sell your first video clip by the end of summer. But you’ll have to get in TODAY, here.]
Why travel writers should learn to shoot video clips
By Tracey Minkin in Birmingham, AL
Here’s what happens when I arrive at a destination:
- I make my way to the beach.
- I whip out my iPhone.
- I shoot a series of horizontal photos that capture shoreline, horizon, and any kind of photogenic wave action.
- I repeat step 3, but with vertical photos.
- I set my iPhone camera to video and shoot:
- With my camera set horizontally, I shoot a pan from left edge of the shore to right, taking 30 seconds.
- Another horizontal pan, right edge to left, taking 30 seconds.
- The same two pans in 15 seconds.
- Then I flip my phone to vertical and do all four of those pans again in that format.
- I sit down so that I’m nearly at the water’s edge and shoot 30 seconds of the water and waves breaking toward me, first in horizontal, and then in vertical orientation, without moving the camera.
- Then I do 15 seconds in horizontal and vertical.
- Then I go get a welcome drink.
Why I don’t go straight to that welcome drink.
I’m the travel editor at Coastal Living, so capturing beautiful beaches is one of my key missions when I’m on assignment (and in life in general). Our social media editor uses short videos like these to push on Instagram and Instagram Story (vertical), and on Facebook (horizontal), while my digital editors use my videos (horizontal) to embed in stories from these destinations.
What’s up with all this video?
Currently, video is king for digital publishers of content. Most brands have specific video goals they must meet, and editors are therefore hungry for videos they can embed in online stories and use in social media posts.
But isn’t that what photographers are for?
Yes and no. Here’s the thing. Sometimes, if a magazine is putting a bunch of money into a story, it might be hiring a writer to write it and then a photographer to shoot it. But paying a separate writer and photographer, and then paying the photographer for videos, too, can get expensive.
If the article is just for digital publication, there likely won’t be a separate photographer to shoot your story. The editors will need to search for stock images and videos instead. You can score big points (and sometimes even a little more money) by offering the whole package.
Which is to say, if you’re a freelancer and you’re looking to be your editor’s most trusted contributor, come to the table with an offer to provide short, useful video clips along with some equally usable photography (and of course, your killer story).
I hear you saying, “I’m just a writer. How can I become a provider of video content?”
All you need is a smartphone with a decent camera, a steady hand or a tripod, and a checklist of types of videos you want to get while in the field.
Feeling overwhelmed? Take a breath. It’s not that hard!
Start by thinking of video with these three “M’s”
- Movement: A video adds a sense of movement to a digital story.
- Moment: A video is short and shows a slice of life from a place.
- Memorable: A video leaves you with a sense of the place that lingers.
Prepare before you go.
Imagine being on location in your next destination—a beach, a town, the desert, a cosmopolitan city—and think about what you might see. Then apply it against those 3 M’s. What 60-, 30-, or 15-second videos will capture movement, a moment in time, or are just memorable?
Based on that projection, make a list in anticipation of traveling. Some good possibilities include:
- Sunrise and sunset
- A panning shot of any landscape: ocean, mountains, desert, botanical gardens, a busy public square
- Something being made: a cocktail, an oyster being shucked, a coconut being prepared for a straw, a bakery cake being frosted, a cigar being rolled, a basket being woven
- Music: A musician captured in his or her act (ask permission and always tip!)
- A moving shot: An interesting view going by fast (from a car) or slow (from a bike, horse, or pedicab in a busy city)
Get your sea legs by practicing in your own backyard. Make a video shoot list where you live and make it your lab. Spend a day shooting like you’re on assignment, come home, and watch your videos on your phone. No need to upload them anywhere or edit them anywhere. Just watch them and see if you hit any of the 3 M’s. If you did, great! If you didn’t, think about what was missing.
Watch videos posted by travel outlets you want to write for, and see what they’re posting (both on social media platforms and in articles). See how you can get your clips closer to theirs.
“But I’m looking at National Geographic, and their videos are super professional, with text, music, edits!”
Of course those are! And someday you may find yourself teaching yourself how to put together fully produced videos (there are apps for that). Meanwhile, trust me: Lots and lots of brands are looking for short videos to use in a variety of ways.
Writers who can bring the goods are three steps ahead of writers who can’t… and those three steps can make all the difference.
So hold off on that welcome drink. Whip out your smartphone, and join the video world!
[Editor’s note: Besides being a foot in the door with editors… travel video is also a hot and profitable way for you to earn more money on your adventures. Your next trip could mean $200 to $4,000 and a free stay. Check out this video to see how it’s done.]
You can watch the video here.
If you’ve been on one of our photo expeditions with professional photographer Rich Wagner, he’ll tell you that you in order for your travel photos to tell a story, there are three different photographs you should always be on the lookout for. They are:
1. Establishing shots
2. People shots
Professional videographer Tom Reissman says the same.
Below are several examples of still photos taken from his videos. He says: “I’ll often start out with an aerial shot of a city, followed by a shot of a building and finally a shot inside the building with people interacting in some way.
“We call these shots establishment shots, because just like in a story, in our videos we need to establish a location. An establishment shot is usually also a wide shot, or a shot that uses a wide angle and takes in as much of the surrounding landscape as possible.”
Here’s Example 1 of a Wide Shot from one of Tom’s videos…
And here’s another Wide Shot….
“Once we have established a location,” Tom says, “we can then get closer to our main subject and use what we call a medium shot. As you can see in the images below this usually means that we only see the upper body of a person.”
Example 1 of a Medium Shot
Example 2 of a Medium Shot
“We often see these types of shots in vacation videos, since they are quite popular with budding filmmakers. But they do not tell the full story,” Tom told me. So that’s why there is still one more type of shot you should include in your travel videos – a shot that most amateurs neglect to create. And that’s the close-up shot.
“Just like how when you are reading a story you are told about important details, we also want to see details in a movie or a travel video,” Tom says.
“In a movie, it’s often a close up of a part of person, such as their hands or eyes. This type of shot often conveys strong feelings and drama. Close-ups and extreme close-ups create a sense of intimacy and convey an emotion. They are usually followed and preceded by a medium or wide shot.
“One subject that particularly lends itself to close-up shots in travel videos is food. Because as we all know the eye also savors food.”
Below are two of Tom’s close-up photos from his video…
Example 1 of Close-up Shot
Example 2 of Close-up Shot
Tom says this type of shot is often missing from home videos because we don’t take the time to zoom in on the details. But they are really important pieces of a story and can create an emotional reaction in our viewers, so please include them in yours.
Here are two more he sent me that show how a close-up and medium shot can also be combined to create clips the amateur doesn’t think to create…
Example of Close-up Medium Shot Combination
As you can see, Tom got very close to a basket of croissants and the bowl of fruit, but we can also see the surrounding landscape in the background.
“This type of shot conveys how you can enjoy a lovely breakfast in a beautiful setting,” he says.
Take a look at the video below and see how these shots work together to tell a complete story… and how shifting the focus from one to the other can take you from a close-up to a medium shot.
And note: To give you some background, this video was shot in the South of Spain for a client who operates a villa in the hills behind Alicante. They specialize in baby-friendly vacations and absolutely believe in the concept of video marketing, since this is the third time Tom has shot a video for them over the past eight years. They mainly wanted to convey that parents with babies and small children will be well looked after and that the food is a big part of their vacation.
Check out the end result here:
I recently landed a job with three tour companies to explore the National Parks of the United States and capture footage in short travel videos. Knowing the road would become my home for the next three months, I bought an inexpensive RV (to save on accommodation costs) and set out on my journey driving south from Calgary into Montana.
I love the big sky country of Montana—the snow-capped mountains, clear streams, and the abundance of wildlife. But most of all I love the open road, setting my car to cruise control and drifting down the highway to my first destination with hardly a car or human in sight.
Before sunset, I like to find a beautiful spot to camp and make sure I’m prepared for the next day—meaning I’ve charged the batteries for the drone, my electronically stabilized steadycam, and the DSLR camera. I also make sure that all my SD cards are empty and ready to go.
I check out the weather for the next day and plan my itinerary. If the next day looks to be very sunny—turning to cloudy the following few days—then I try to film as many of the highlights in a National Park as possible by driving from location to location, shooting most of the scenery and panoramas in beautiful sunlight, which is, of course, what tourists like to see. If, on the other hand, it’s cloudy then I usually chose a scenic and interesting hike, since hiking under clouds still looks great on video.
Glacier National Park was my first destination, and, as it turned out, it was going to be sunny and beautiful. The scenery was absolutely stunning with snow-covered mountains and glaciers, pine-forested valleys, and rocky streams ending up emerald green lakes. I saw moose, elk, and marmots along the roads and short hiking trails by the edge of the lakes.
In the evening, I relaxed at my campsite with a view of the river and a glass of wine, reviewing my shots and planning for the day ahead. Some nights, I would even start a fire and roast marshmallows while a bluetooth speaker played my favorite songs.
After several days exploring Glacier National Park, I headed south toward Yellowstone to explore the marvelous geysers, colorful canyons, and abundant wildlife both on foot and by car. The colors of the geysers were simply stunning as were the moose, bison, wolves, grizzlies, and black bears.
The days were long and filled with so many impressions and visuals that it was hard to keep track of how much footage I shot. I ended up with over two hours of footage from Yellowstone National Park alone and another hour from the adjoining Grand Teton National Park. On days with less desirable weather, I would go hiking or explore the visitor center, local museums, or galleries. The Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming is well worth a visit—as is the Wildlife Art Museum on the way to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
I enjoyed cloudy and rainy days as much as sunny days, since they gave me some downtime to catch up with chores like copying my footage from my SD cards to a hard-drive and then creating a safety copy—just in case the hard-drive broke or got lost.
Once in a major city like Helena, I usually indulged in going to a movie, eating out, and shopping.
I love road-tripping with a purpose and getting paid to do what I love–exploring nature, wildlife, culture, and going hiking. It’s an amazing lifestyle, and, after three months on the road, I equally look forward to being home again and following a routine while editing my material.
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Learn how to get clients, how to get started, what you need, who to contact, what to say and how to film and edit. This comprehensive course will teach you absolutely everything, so you can become a part-time of full-time videographer.
Together with Great Escape Publishing I have now created a 7-part course on how to make money with travel videos. The guide includes everything from how to make commercial videos and plan video shoots to how to sell and get customers for your services.
I have been using this system for 10 years now and what started out as just a way to go on safaris and travel Australia and Africa has turned into a full-time profession that keeps me busy and generates reliable income.
I have now successfully used the same travel video concept to finance this upcoming documentary. Have a look at the trailer.
Here are some statistics on video marketing in 2017. The Graphics were created by HighQ and the original page can be found here.
Guest Blog by Helen Clark
Traveling is a fun hobby that millions of people enjoy every single year. Even though the internet has become an integral part of our lives, there are many people who do not realize the potential it carries and how you can use it to practically turn travelling into a passive source of income.
For example, if you are an avid traveler who wants to turn his or her adventures into an income source, establishing your own blog is a perfect way to achieve it.
Whilst you are on your traveling route, chances are that you are taking a lot of photos and videos and guess what? Those are the two most important things when it comes to establishing a blog that lures in plenty of visitors. Let’s take a look at what you could do to make those videos a way to make a passive income.
High quality gear
Many people believe that taking high quality video demands expensive equipment, but as technology improved, prices for different types of quality equipment went down. For example, getting a great 1080p DSLR camera will only cost you around $400-500 and a multipurpose lens around $300-400. This is a minor investment that is enough to get you ready for taking good quality videos.
Audio also plays an important part of video quality and viewer’s experience. If you are planning to talk in your videos, an additional budget of $50-80 should be more than enough to help you meet the standards. On the other hand, if you do not wish to speak, adding background music in post-processing is fairly easy.
Perspective of a video
Videography is something that you should start reading about as video styles are very significant for traveling videos. Different types of landscapes are presented better with different filming techniques, making it very important to learn a bit about videography.
Additionally, acquiring a smaller tripod is necessary as some shots cannot be performed by hands only, so make sure to pack a light tripod to make amazing videos. While you are on the scene, make sure to be as creative as possible and pick the frame, it will significantly impact the satisfaction of people watching your videos. Once you cover all the basics, you can start taking cool videos that audiences from around the world will enjoy.
Rare are the cases when videographers take a video that does not require any post processing. In the blog establishing phase, you should learn to retouch your videos on your own as you want to save money. However, once the blog starts earning some income, outsourcing postprocessing services is a great way to save time and focus more on ideas about great videos.
Picking a video platform
There are plenty of different online platforms. Basically, the two best choices are either YouTube or Vimeo.
The benefit of being on YouTube is being able to create additional revenue channel. Whereas being present on Vimeo is going to attract an audience which is more focused on high-quality videos. Creating a powerful community is very important and Vimeo offers that as a bonus.
So, next time you are at your favorite traveling location, take some videos and upload them online, you will see how easy it can be for you.
Convert Travel Videos into Blog and Earn Money
This is an article I wrote for International Living. It explains how to get started as a travel videographer and how to succeed. You can find a larger version here.
What you need to get started
I have now spent almost 6 months in Canada filming a documentary on Grizzly Bear hunting and it was all financed by capturing commercial videos for tour companies. I did not even have to do the editing. I just filmed the main National Parks and cities in Western Canada. I absolutely loved every day of it and it gave me a chance to complete a passion project of mine. To see how the journey went please follow this Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Making-Money-with-Travel-Videos-11063721103/
Filming in Vancouver
I am currently filming a documentary on Bears in Canada and I am financing it via commercial tourism videos. View the Facebook page for more information.
Statistics on Video Marketing for 2015
Statistics on why video will only grow in relevance for businesses:
78% of people watch video online every week and 55% ever day
59% of senior executives prefer watching video over reading text, when shown side by side
69% of marketing, sales professionals use video to market their brands and 31% are
96% of B2B companies are planning to use video for marketing purposes over the next year
Using the word video in an email subject line boosts click-through rates by 65%
Websites gain an extra 2 minutes of dwell time when using a video
52% of marketing professionals name video as the best type of content with the best ROI
67% of companies found video somewhat successful and 18% very successful
75% of business executives watch video at least weekly
80% of senior executives watch more video online than they did a year ago
Being on the road as a travel videographer is exciting and fulfilling.
Really, it’s just like being a tourist -- the only difference is that I’m getting paid for my experiences.
Naturally that also comes with some responsibility. If I’m visiting a city with a good number of attractions, then I try to visit all of them. And if I’m filming a museum or event, then I may have to organize a filming permit in advance.
Once I‘ve done my homework, the fun part starts. I often travel with my luxury mobile home for a sense of comfort and familiarity. I prefer this to waking up in a different hotel room every night, and I truly enjoy having nature around me.
Read the full article here.
How to Get Started as a Travel Videographer
Perhaps you are toying with the idea to try your luck as a travel videographer. You realized you have a camera that also shoots HD video and you are thinking to yourself that not only would it be great fun but also quite lucrative to create promotional travel videos for tourism companies.
So your first step will be buying a tripod with fluid a pan-head or simply adding a fluid pan-head to your existing photography tripod, which unfortunately does not work very well for smooth panning (so don’t even try, since it does not look great on a big screen!). Once you have a tripod with a fluid pan-head you can go out and practice your panning. Though you will also create beautiful video shots just keeping your camera locked in position and all your photography skills for creating compositions will come in very handy.
After you are confident that you can shoot stable images with smooth pans you will start to use video editing software. If you are a Windows user then you will have something called the Movie Maker as part of Windows Essentials. If you do not have it yet then you can download it using downloads.live.com If you are a Mac user then you will be able to use iMovie, which you can get in the App store if you do not already have it installed. Both programs are quite straight-forward to use once you know how to import your footage, trim your clips and add music as well as titles to your work.
You are now becoming more confident in your skills and you will contact a local business, such as a hotel or restaurant, and you will offer them to create a free video so you can practice your skills in a real-world environment. Once you have created a free video you then have a showcase video and a reference, given that your client was happy with your work.
Now you can go out and sell your services to paying customers. You will either continue to look for potential clients in your area or Google for tour companies that offer the kind of trips you would like to undertake. You can contact them via the phone and follow up with an email or you can set up a personal meeting. You could also meet your future clientele at travel exhibitions, which is a great place to meet your target market. You will choose small to medium-sized companies, since they are easier to approach and you will sell them the benefits of video. You will also convince them that you are the best person for the job, since you have very attractive prices and because you create very authentic videos. You can show your reference video to your potential customers and hopefully also show them positive feedback from your last client.
Most likely you will contact your potential clients a number of times before they make a final decision, so don’t be discouraged if they don’t say yes right away. However, if you have very reasonable prices, perhaps around 400$ per video, then they will make a decision very quickly. You will eventually increase your price and be paid as much as 4000$ per video. But you will have to work your way into that price range. As a beginner low prices will get you plenty of clients and plenty of practice so that you can build up your portfolio.
So there you have it. It is that easy. So what are you waiting for? Live your dream of living abroad and become a travel videographer to finance your new life in a fun and creative way.
As a big fan of Breaking Bad I could not pass on the opportunity of doing a Breaking Bad tour while I was in Albuquerque.
The following video gives an overview of some of the highlights of the tour and some important scenes from the show, associated with those locations.
I was asked to give a seminar on videography in Santa Fe, New Mexico and I decided to take another week to do a road trip from Santa Fe to Denver, Colorado. The following video is an overview of my time in the US.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Videography
What TO DO when your are filming:
Use your tripod
Level your tripod
Set your focus
Use slow and deliberate movements
Wait 4 seconds before making a movement
Check and clean your lens frequently
Record wide, medium and close-up shots
Record for at least 20 seconds per shot
Look for unusual angles
Try to use your manual focus dynamically
Use the rule of thirds, leading lines, symmetry and framing
Use shallow DOF to record subjects with a blurry background or foreground
Record objects in the foreground as well as the background
What NOT TO DO when you are filming:
Forget to use your tripod
Forget to set your focus
Film images askew
Try to zoom with your DSLR lens
Move too fast and without a clear direction
Record your own reflection or shadow
Take shots that are less than 20 seconds
Record with a dirty lens
Only take wide shots
Record without setting up your shot deliberately
Record less desirable objects (garbage bags, street signs, advertisements)
Film the heads of people
I am very proud to announce that together with Great Escape Publishing from Florida I have created a comprehensive 7-part course on how to make money with travel videos and to succeed as a travel videographer.
This course includes tutorial videos on everything from filming to audio and editing with a smartphone. I will teach you the basics of how to get started and guide towards become more professional. There are tips on how to sell your services and who to contact but also tricks on how to look more like a pro and get contracts.
You can have a look at what's included here.