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.