How to film the perfect Culture Trip Video with your Smartphone - TRAVELVIDS

How to film the perfect Culture Trip Video with your Smartphone

So what exactly is a Culture trip? If you ask us, it is just a new fancy way of saying Travel Video. When we go on vacation we are by default experiencing other cultures. A culture trip video will be more focused on actually capturing your engagement with these foreign cultures. Let's get into what to look out for when filming the perfect culture trip video.

The Story

Culture by definition: the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society. This mean that to make a cool story we must go to the places where culture is seen in action. Here is a list of 3 things to look out for when you are travelling:

1. Market Places
Think of any action movie scene where the good guy is chasing a bad guy in a foreign country. 9 times out of 10 they will be dashing through a market place because a market is the epitome of  "the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society". No where else are people meeting interacting, trading as much as in a market. You will see local people, local cuisine & maybe even hear local music. This is most certainly the place to be to capture a few shots that will be vibrant and full of Culture Trip moments.   

2. Cultural ceremonies
Every culture in the world has customs & ceremonies. These can vary from something small like friends gathering for a BBQ for a weekend match of whatever sport it is they watch, to tribal war dances. Look out for local traditions that are available for attendance. The internet is full of travel guides pointing out things that you should see. Do some research before your trip and make sure to include one or two cultural ceremonies in your video.    

3. Food Videos
Food is something that brings people together regardless of which culture they associate with. As mentioned in the Markets already this is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a spectacle of local colour, vigour & people. Don't just focus on the food itself but also the place. Perhaps you are in a downtown restaurant someone will want to hear about? Here is a video to go a little deeper in to the foodie story.   

Technical

A culture trip video is more of a summary montage than a look into one specific thing in detail. This is great because you only need 5 to 10 shots at each location. On a Culture trip you are very likely to be on the go constantly making your Smartphone the perfect tool for a video like this. It allows you to remain inconspicuous as well as be ready to shoot at any moment. It's quick and versatile, but you may want to consider adding a battery back into the mix as filming can deplete your smartphone battery rather quickly. The one thing you will want to work on is getting good at stable shots without help from accessories. (Read More in our Stability Blog)

Plan & Practice

You need to do research on where you going in terms of local culture. In some parts of the world it is rude to film people. Learn more about what is allowed and what is not. Be respectful towards people and their customs & always ask before you film. This takes a little practice but keep doing it and you will see that the more confidant you become the more likely they are to say yes. At the end of the day you are interacting with people who want more people like you to come to their country. If you explain that this video is for your blog or youtube channel to promote their culture and corner of the world they will more than likely oblige. 

Write to us and send us links to your Travel videos. We would love to see them and help point out where you can focus on improving.
 Happy Travelling. 

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