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Adventurists Shooting tips
Before shooting, make sure the settings on the camera are correct. Get with whomever is the videographer on the shoot if you have any questions or concerns, or refer to your camera guide.
01 Tips for shooting the adventure.
We can always use your normal every day adventure shots, so don’t skimp on these by any means. When intensity is high, if it is possible and reasonably safe, break out the camera - like when your boat is sinking, as seen in this awesome reference clip!
Getting the exact same shots every day is just as boring as it sounds, so think of unique ways to capture your story. Things are gonna happen and you may be the only one there to capture your adventure. Difficult though it may be, try to step outside your adventure every now and again and visualize how the viewer might want to experience your thrills vicariously. To capture this Third Person view, occasionally have your friends drop you off ahead, back track and then drive/sail/ride into view, or get out, run up a hill, and get a passing shot, etc.
It’s hard to separate your memories of an event from what the camera actually captures, so be mindful of this and try and document your adventure from as many angles as possible, especially key moments of drama (breakdowns, danger, the usual).
02 Tips for conversations with the camera.
Know your camera. is it a GoPro? Older models have worse audio than the newer models. Is it a SmartPhone? Unless you are using an external mic (lapel or shotgun mic), chances are your audio will need whatever help you can give it. Get close to the mic source and remove as many other noise variables as possible.
Does it have a water proof case?
Talking to a GoPro with the case on dampens the sound even more into a pile of murky, mostly unusable garbage.
The A is for “An effort.” First of all the aspect ratio is off, not filling the video frame, and the wind noise is overwhelming. Grab the videographer if you want to go in depth about your journey, or you feel you have more to tell outside any onsite interviews.
While this serves as a great way to just get information across about what has taken place, its near un-usable in an edit.
B is for “Bad audio.” Again, if you think you can hold the GoPro/or camera without dropping it, or fear of losing it to the wild, take off the case for vastly improved audio in moments like these (though be mindful of hand noise all over the mic when handling the camera).
“Clean your lens.” Be aware of schmutz on the lens. Even wiping it with a T-shirt will help prevent moments like these.
Example D and E.
2 different version of the same thing. One “Doesn't cut it,” and one is “Excellent.” simply because of the audio quality.
03 Tips for shooting the Extra Bits
Take time to shoot the adventure outside the adventure. Any story needs to be paced properly for maximum effect. Downtime from your adventure may be precious, but those mundane moments in which you’re chatting with teammates, prepping a meal, or setting up camp are the moments that provide proper contrast to the insanity of the adventure itself. They are really helpful in the edit. Additionally, shots of your interactions with local culture, cities, villages, towns go a long way to help tell the story, and give greater context to the world in which all this madness is unfolding.