CABV 016-Shoot better family vacation videos

family vacationClose your eyes and think back to your fondest memories growing up.

What do you remember?

The days that I miss the most are summers.

Not that I don’t enjoy  the summer now, it’s just that back then, summers meant freedom, and endless days of nothingness.

The warm weather, and days with friends and family… that’s what I’m talking about.

Hopefully you had the chance to create some family memories this summer.

We certainly did, and that’s what inspired this Cook a Better Video Podcast.

I think that shooting a family video is a great way to hone your production skills.

The basic principals still apply.  You should plan what you’re going to shoot, capture the event or activity (shoot), and then edit.

Now I have to admit that I have way more family footage than will ever see the light of day, but I’ve shared plenty of memories too.

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Professional tips that will make your family videos sing
  • The best cameras for shooting family videos
  • A great book for beginning visual storytellers
  • What it means to “stop and smell the roses” when you’re shooting
  • Editing basics, and more!!!

In the podcast we challenge you to create and share a family moment via video, so I decided to demonstrate the steps if you’re just getting started with editing.

Here is the final version of our Channel Family Florida Vacation.

Resources mentioned in this podcast

5 Vacation Video Tips
Steve Stockman’s book:

Steve Stockman has a great book that you should check out if you want to start shooting better videos.

Did you shoot any family videos over the summer? What is your biggest challenge with producing or sharing it?

Assignment: Make a family video and share the link in the comments section below.

About Amani Channel

Amani Channel is a former news reporter, a vlogger, an award winning video producer, and an adjunct professor. He also helps organizations and companies create visual stories through VisualEyeMedia.

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