Practical Tips for Starting Your First Camping Vlog

Tips for Starting Your First Camping Vlog
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Ever considered starting your first camping vlog?

By Carla Cohn

Vlogging has been around for quite some time, but it has picked up significantly over the past few years as a way for people to share a part of themselves, their daily routines, escapades, and adventures.

Travel vlogging has become quite popular too, allowing viewers a chance to live vicariously through other people. Vlogger Eva zu Beck has been documenting her experience in Socotra, one of the world’s most isolated islands where she found herself living in the midst of the pandemic. Instead of encouraging travel at this time, she has aimed to share the beauty of the place as well as to draw attention to its particular needs. She is but one of many travellers who have embarked on a similar initiative, and you can do the same if you really put your mind to it.

If you’ve been dreaming about your next adventure, and want to share camping experiences with others, here are some tips to starting your first camping vlog in various outdoor locations.

 

Capturing the landscape

Naturally, one of the first things you’ll have to consider is the type of equipment you’ll be using to film the vlog. These tools may vary depending on the kind of outdoor activity, and for camping in particular, the array of drones and equipment on Adorama are suited for capturing landscapes and wide shots. They will make for more interesting perspectives, in which you will get to showcase your unique surroundings. Using a drone could even help you to discover hidden gems around where you’re staying, due to the nature of the aerial shots you will be taking. Shots such as these truly capture the beauty of nature, and may even inspire viewers to follow the same path.

 

Humanizing the experience

Mixing in multiple perspectives is key to a great vlog. Together with aerial shots and nature scenes, add yourself into the montage with voiceovers or personal shots. You can opt for other gear to video these shots, and GoPro cameras are ideal for documenting these sorts of clips. A small, portable camera that you can latch onto your body, help to show things from your point of view, and lets viewers walk through the adventure in your shoes – whether you choose to hike, go for a dip, talk in front of the camera, or even interview locals or other people you encounter while camping. This humanizes the experience, and the audience will get to know you better as a vlogger and will feel like they are along for the journey as they get to view your interactions with others as well.

 

Adding a dose of practicality

Don’t be afraid to show the less picturesque and glamorous scenes as well. You can record yourself pitching your tent, going fishing, or cooking a fireside meal. Let these serve as “how-to” guides for people who may be considering going camping for the first time. This adds in a dose of practicality and lets people know what to expect. It complements the idea of humanizing the experience, as it shows an authentic camping adventure. This is a key element to include when starting your first camping vlog as it lends authenticity to your published work. You can also include particular tips specific to the area, such as the proper etiquette during your interactions with locals, or how to make minimal environmental footprints during your stay. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes, and think about things you’d like to know if you were planning a camping trip to a certain place for the first time.

 

Starting your first camping vlog should be a fun experience and one that you’ll never forget. You can read a little more on tips for ‘Protecting Your Camera Gear When Camping’ – which is especially important to know when you are chronicling your trip. Now that you have these basics covered, you can begin planning your next camping trip and get ready to share the experience with audiences all over the world.

 

Guest Author

Carla Cohn is a nature photographer who has recently dabbled in videography. When she's not busy capturing the beauty of the Great Outdoors, she binge watches vlogs as a source of inspiration.

12 thoughts on “Practical Tips for Starting Your First Camping Vlog

  • July 24, 2020 at 5:34 pm
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    I am not much of a vlogger but I do believe I should be. Thank you for the tips, I will try it next time around

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  • July 24, 2020 at 1:18 pm
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    I need to get comfortable with the sound of my own voice. My problem isn’t talking on video, but when I watch the replay of it, I sound so, well, bitchy. Like stuck up and snotty kind of bitchy. That’s the best way I can describe it, and I have never liked it. Because that isn’t how I want to come across to people who don’t know me. In person, that may be my natural voice, but I’m actually a nice person and it is easy to see that. But to a stranger, I always think that will be off-putting. Writing is so much more comfortable because I find it easy to convey the tone I want in it. This is something I should work on because there are times a vlog would be very helpful.

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  • July 24, 2020 at 10:06 am
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    Writing is such a beautiful way to experience a holiday or camping once again. Also I feel it opens our outlook to much more that pretty sight seeing only. Recording experiences for me is a wonderful way to visit the place again sitting at home when I read earlier posts.Starting a vlog is a great idea every traveler should consider.

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  • July 24, 2020 at 6:37 am
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    Awesome tips. I have never done a vlog about any topic, as I am more comfortable with words than film. But definitely something to consider doing, as many people really enjoy watching those.

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  • July 23, 2020 at 7:42 pm
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    All great ideas like a dimension they might find even more people now that borders are closed. PS I don’t camp — it is intended to be to accessible. Still want a drone, though. 😉

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  • July 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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    Some great advice. I’ve been talking about starting a vlog for a while yet, but still haven’t pulled the trigger. That being said, I’ve been digging into video editing programs a little more lately, learning what I need to in order to get started. I think it would be a lot of fun to be able to add that extra layer of personalization to my online content!

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  • July 23, 2020 at 9:50 am
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    I am not want to vlog as I much prefer blogging…that said these are really fab tips and very inspiring to actually give vlogging a go. We do a lot of mountain climbing so this could be one for us to try next time

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  • July 22, 2020 at 3:22 pm
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    Great tips! I’ve never thought about starting a vlog before. I do think showing how-tos would be particularly helpful. So many people don’t know how to cook over a fire or pack a backpack and so much more.

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  • July 22, 2020 at 6:54 am
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    I think the best thing about vlogs is that the viewer feels almost there with the blogger, so being practical and humanizing the experience sounds very smart to me.

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  • July 22, 2020 at 4:34 am
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    These are great tips! I love when I can feel like I am on the journey with the vlogger. It really just helps make the experience stand out. And I love how you mention using drones. -It really helps capture so much more!

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  • July 22, 2020 at 4:24 am
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    These are really great tips when starting a camping vlog. I hope more people inspire others to get out in nature and to enjoy camping. It’s such a great activity.

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  • July 21, 2020 at 11:28 pm
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    I like the idea of including the non-glamorous parts of the camping experience. We live in a society where everyone always wants to show the bright shiny parts, but I really appreciate seeing everything.

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