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How to make amazing home video on vacation

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Capture it on camera

You put a ton of effort into planning your vacation, so don't let it be over and forgotten as soon as you get home! Use these tips to make amazing home video on your vacation.

Capture it on camera

Keep it steady

Trying to watch shaky home video is enough to give anyone a headache. Avoid that by holding your camera with both hands whenever possible or using a tripod. Most video cameras now have stabilizing features that will go a long way toward keeping the picture steady, so make sure the camera you're using has that feature — and that you're using it.

Reduce movement

When you're moving the camera around the room or back and forth between two people, all you're doing is making your viewers nauseous. Stand back far enough to get the whole shot in your viewfinder so you can keep the camera in one place.

Keep it short

Let's face it, we all have pretty short attention spans. Try to keep all of your scenes under 30 seconds so those watching don't lose interest. Does that sound short to you? Count it out — it's longer than you think.

Quick Tip

Let your kids control the camera for awhile. You'll love looking back on the trip from their point of view.

Get some scenery

You probably picked your vacation spot because it's nice to look at, so make sure you have some shots of the view to look at again later. Take five to 10 seconds of different scenery, preferably at different times of the day. These pieces make great segues from one scene to another.

Get in there!

Don't be just the man (or woman) behind the camera, make sure you get in front of the lens as well. It can be so easy to designate one camera operator for the entire trip, and that person is always behind the picture and not in it. You're a part of the vacation, so make sure you're a part of the video!

Do interviews

It can get a little boring to watch scenes unfolding for an hour or two. Break it up by interviewing your family members at the end of each day. Ask kids what their favorite part of the day was, and have adults talk about funny, difficult or unexpected things that have happened.

Keep it quiet

Remember, as the videographer, your mouth is just an inch or two from the microphone. Don't say anything that you don't want to be a part of the video.

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Need more great ideas for spending quality time with your baby? Check out Baby's Day Out City Guide — you'll discover all the top baby-friendly destinations and how to enjoy them with your little one.

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