Tips For Filming Family Holidays
Capturing your family holiday on film is a great way of preserving treasured memories and it will enable you to relive your holiday on those long cold winter’s nights and to share your experiences with your family and friends.
Getting Ready For The TripPart of the fun of going on holiday occurs before you even leave your house. Shoot scenes of your family waking up and shots of them scurrying around making last minute packing adjustments and, maybe, searching for the tickets and their passports. Obviously, scenes like these can be hilarious but they shouldn’t be contrived so just film what happens naturally at home on the morning of your departure. Airport scenes are fun too if you’re heading off by plane.
Film At Different Times Of The DayAll holiday destinations will have a unique atmosphere which will vary at different times of the day. For example, filming a bustling resort full of nightlife will be very different at midnight than when filming from the same location at 7am so try to film at different times of the day to capture the full range of moods and atmospheres that sum up your location. Sunrises and sunsets, for example, are both beautiful in their own right but are very different experiences. By filming at different times of the day, you will capture more of a true flavour of what your location is all about.
The Effects Of The SunMany people make the mistake of filming where the sun is situated right behind the subjects of the movie. This makes the subjects seem dark and indistinguishable appearing like shadows. You should always film with the sun behind you and not your subjects. In situations where that’s not possible – an example being when your subjects might be on a stage with the lights behind them - some cameras have a backlight function which adjusts the camera exposure so that their faces are clearly visible.
Using The ZoomMany home videos look tacky and amateurish because of poor use of the zoom lens. The zoom should always be used smoothly and slowly with a gradual, steady progression. Let’s say for example you’re in a beautiful harbour and have seen a magnificent yacht you want to capture on video. You should start the scene with just a view of the yacht then gradually pan out to show the magnificent setting in which it’s situated. Conversely, say your subject is standing in front of a magnificent palace. Shoot the palace first then gradually zoom in on your subject. Tripods are very useful when shooting zoom shots.
Consider The Contents Of The FilmYou’ll no doubt be seeing and doing many different things on your holiday so you’ll want your film to encapsulate that and not just feature the people on the holiday. Shooting interesting buildings, animals, local markets, the coastline (or other geographical features) interspersed with the members of your party having a good time both outside and indoors will make your video more interesting.