Whether you want to document your own adventures, share your stories with others, or make a living as a content creator, being able to shoot both great photos and as well as film offers more creative freedom.
It’s hardly a peer-reviewed study, but when we ask people “what would you really like to do with your life?”, the top response is “travel the world” or “experience different places and cultures”. To us, travel photography and videography are two of the most interesting and rewarding ways to capture the beauty and diversity of the world and to live a life of incredible experiences.
As Travel Shooters, we started as photographers but soon realized the value and opportunities that understanding video unlocked and, in our view, being hybrid shooters creates the greatest scope and opportunity to live out your travel life goals.
But how do you balance both mediums without compromising on quality or efficiency? How do you switch between taking stunning stills and captivating motion? How do you edit and manage your files without getting overwhelmed?
In this article, we will share some tips and tricks on how to be both a travel photographer and videographer, based on our own experience shooting incredible projects on every continent.
One of the biggest challenges of being both a travel photographer and videographer is finding the right gear and accessories that can handle both tasks. You want to have equipment that is versatile, reliable, lightweight, and practical.
Here are some of the essential items that we recommend for any travel photographer/videographer:
Another challenge of being both a travel photographer and videographer is planning your shots and itinerary. You want to have a clear idea of what you want to capture, where you want to go, when you want to go there, and how you are going to balance and prioritize your photo and video captures.
Here are some of the steps that we follow when planning our shots and itinerary:
The next challenge of being both a travel photographer and videographer is shooting in different modes and settings. You want to be able to switch between taking photos and videos quickly and easily, without missing any moments or compromising on quality.
Here are some of the tips and tricks that we use when shooting in different modes and settings:
Being a travel photographer and videographer creates challenges with the extra weight of equipment and potentially splitting priorities between motion and still captures, yet it creates increased opportunities to improve the exposure of your work, great value for clients and as such, improved commercial prospects. If you get the balance right, extraordinary experiences that lead to amazing content will increase the prospects of being paid to do the things you love.
Dan is one half of the creative team behind the TV series Travel Shooters, which is shot on location around the world. Dan and his partner Zora were the mentors for the World Nomads 2023 Photo and Film Scholarship to Norway.
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