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