HOW TO MAKE A TRAVEL VLOG – Camiguin Island Vlogging TIPS


– Camiguin Island, a small archipelago surrounded by cerulean blue waters, perfect white sand beaches, and seven very characteristic volcanoes. Hmmmm. Did I mention one of them is still active? Oh good heavens me! The lands are fertile and the
sunsets are said to be magical but what else does this island
have in store you may ask. Well, I invite you to find out here today, as we go behind the scenes. (upbeat music) And then when I get towards
the end, I’m gonna whip it. All right guys, welcome
to Camiguin Island. Right now we are on a tricycle and today we’ve got a bit
of a challenge with us because the sky is completely gray. As a travel filmmaker
it’s always a challenge when the weather doesn’t cooperate but that will just be an extra challenge for us to overcome today. The behind the scenes. Thank you. Room tour. What’s up guys? Welcome to the View Hotel. Probably comes out to
just shy of $40 a night. Now, you’re thinking about getting into travel filmmaking and the
thing that you need to know is that your beginning to the video is one of the most important parts. You need to start with
something that’s engaging. There needs to be some form of a hook. It could be an interesting statement, it could be a crazy little
skit that you’ve produced, or it could be shooting it while holding onto the back of a tricycle. It’s more engaging than, hey guys, welcome to Christian’s travel channel. Now your intro is
actually double important because of a little something
called retention rate. This is something that
YouTube closely monitors. Basically it’s this. If you only have 15% of your audience left after five seconds of your video starting, YouTube is in no way, shape, or form going to push or share your video. It will actually be deprioritized. If you have a high retention rate, that’s where you start
getting suggested views. That’s where it starts
pushing you to the home page and that is where you
really need to hyper focus on making things engaging, getting that old fishing hook out, and most of all, telling
people why they’re there. Instead of just creating
a two minute cinematic highlight compilation of your travels throughout Southeast Asia that
have absolutely no meaning, try to put a spin on it. Tell people why they should watch this. Are you gonna be able to learn
something by the end of it? Are you gonna be telling
your story of traveling through Southeast Asia? Just putting together a cinematic sequence just will not do it anymore. This is YouTube 2018
and what worked in 2015 no longer works. So you need to hone in on your skills, your storytelling abilities,
and let’s go start off our day here in Camiguin Island. Most people would just get on
their motorbikes, but not us. We are travel filmmakers
and we’re gonna spend the next three minutes
shooting some B roll. So one of my number one tips if you’re gonna make travel videos is show the travel in between. Don’t just magically talk
about going somewhere and then whazam, you’re there. Unless it’s intended, you can
do cool transitions like that but if it’s just constantly like, yeah we’re gonna go here
and then you show up there, it’s like okay, but what
happened in between? It’s nice to film a bit of the travel. I’ve got this quote, feel
free to quote me on it. I made it up myself. It’s that travel is not
about the destination, it’s about the journey. Meet Alex and Betty. They are twin sisters
and they’ve been living in Camiguin Island for
nearly five months now, teaching free diving out of a dive school. Right now we’re going
to cati baia sam falls, and how far away is it? – Six kilometers. – Six kilometers away? And who’s she? – Titi from. – Hi Titi! – Hi! – We’re having some trouble, oh shit. – (laughing) The front break
won’t stop us from sliding. – Let me get a, beep beep. – When you’re making travel
videos, there will be a lot of things that will
be out of your control, that’s essentially what travel is. Today the weather has been extremely gray, which is always a bit of a challenge when you’re making a
video, and in today’s case, not only was it a gray
sky, but it actually led to them closing the water
fall, so unexpected challenge, what is the solution? Well, we can either come back tomorrow, or we could get our immediate results. We’re gonna fly this over
the walls, over there, to try and find that view right there. Not much luck with the water
fall but the drone shots were beautiful, and I was actually able to get it up into the clouds. When I brought back the drone
it was covered in water, I actually lose complete
visibility at one point. We’re now going 19 minutes
away, according to Google Maps, to a local hot spring, we gotta be quick. – Let’s go! – One of the most relevant
things in all of travel, is of course going to be expenses. So what I like to do is to share prices with either having titles
on top of the video, or by actually recording
the price on the menu, or on the sign, wherever I can see it. I like to sometimes just
insert it so people can see for themselves how much it would cost to have a similar experience. So its 50 pesos per person
so about a dollar to get in. Wow the water’s really blue. Luke warm springs, they’re not very hot. – No, go. (laughter) You look so funny. – It’s said that if you
drink from this water, you’ll live to see 100. Oh, it’s warmer in here. Ah, famous hole. – So you put your hand here, – The hot hole? – You will feel warm weather. – Ooh I can feel warmer. Today has definitely been
a very short day here but I’m excited to see more of it because it’s definitely one of the more dramatic and interesting islands
that I’ve seen already. Good morning! – Morning! (engine revving) – That doesn’t sound good. (engine revving) (cheers) Good morning guys, we
got a bit of clear skies, and right now we’re about to
do, what is one of the most iconic things to do here in Camiguin, and that is the sunken graveyard. An entire graveyard site
was pushed into the ocean by a volcanic eruption. Now one thing you may have noticed is that I just inserted two time lapses, one to show the passing of time at night, and another to show the sun rise. Now I actually used it because I didn’t have any good
footage from last night and I didn’t have any good footage to show the starting of the day. Now how I got that footage
is by story blocks, and yes today’s video is
sponsored by one of my favorites. Now if you don’t already
know what Story Blocks is, basically, it’s the
ability to access footage from around the world, shot by all sorts of different shooters,
and to be able to download it unlimitedly and use
it in your projects, still be able to monetize them on YouTube, or whether it be for commercial work, all while paying a relatively
small subscription fee to make that happen. It’s been a game changer
here, it’s an amazing way to fill in the gaps when you’re
missing footage somewhere, and one of my favorite
things about their service is that once you’re subscribed,
it’s unlimited downloads. So, if you’re in a position
like myself, and you’ve got a lot of videos that
need a lot of cinematics and you’ve got a lot of missing pieces, well this is the perfect place to be. Check out the link just down below. It’s time. In total it was 450 pesos for the two of us to go here with a guide. This is the cross that
was sent into the ocean in 1871 during the volcanic eruption, and up to this point used
to be above sea level. Yeah, this audio is a lot better right? Well, for most people,
audio is one of the things they actually emphasize the least. It is one of the most underrated
things that you can do for your filmmaking, is to make sure that you’re getting clean sound. Either use text on screen to make up for the missing information, or do voice over just like this. Okay guys, so the snorkeling was awesome, the visibility was really good, but the water wasn’t
super blue just ’cause the sun wasn’t completely out. But it seems like it’s actually starting to come out which is really exciting. I wanna share something with you that’s super important
in making a travel video. It’s not having the most expensive camera, it’s not about having the
most amount of cameras, it’s about having the right camera. And for me today, the GoPro was the one that allowed me to share the
adventures that went underwater So that’s where making
sure you have the equipment that allows you to tell the story, and that’s where GoPro
has been so essential in my career as a travel film maker. It’s allowed me to share
things like diving, rafting, canyoneering,
all those fun adventures that just cannot be possible
with a big camera like this. What did you order? – A waffle. – So that’s you on the cover? – Yes. – Congratulations. – Thank you. – A full time model. – Can I please have an autograph? – These are the real full sized ones, they’re like the size
of her body basically. – Yeah. – So if you guys want
to learn free diving, and you’re in the Philippines,
Corma Dive Center, ask for the twins! – They’re celebrities here,
they have a magazine cover. – Yeah, they’ve been such a great guide to the island so far, it’s been amazing to see it through their eyes. One of the magic keys
to a good travel video is gonna be having a story arc. So, introducing the problem,
and trying to overcome it. Well, we’ve just found our problem today. It is right back here. We’re up at the top of
one of the mountains here and our tire has popped
in a very untimely place. We’re gonna keep pressing on until we get to the waterfall ’cause it’s
just a few 100 meters away. We’ll try to find somewhere
to repair it on the way back. – I also think that a travel
video shouldn’t be perfect, I think whenever there is an accident, or an inconvenience it makes it real or more interesting to watch so. So don’t avoid to put
those things on your video. – Yeah. – This is bad, this is really bad. – Gotta go slow and steady, and hope the tire doesn’t break. Hi buddy. – This one is the twin! – He’s a twin! (laughter) Finally a benefit to hanging
out with Cati here, discounts! (laughter) He’s dancing to despacito! This waterfall is beautiful, guys. I’m surprised I did not have such high expectations for this. If you can do it, I recommend
either bringing a tripod or having a second shooter with you that can help support you in getting shots of you experiencing the landscapes. Swimming in the water,
going under the water fall, all these things help people
feel more a part of the video, more a part of the
adventure, and that’s why I love to shoot Cati
because I like being behind the camera, I can’t do both. I can’t be behind the
camera and in front of it. – If I stand next to that
waterfall you will see how big it is, you will not
only see it in your screen, and that’s what I think is very essential. – So it’s time to separate
our video from the rest, and one of the best ways to do that, for me at least, has been cinematics. So I want to show you what
I do to make that happen. The first thing I do is I take my camera, and I’m gonna switch it into manual mode. I shoot automatic settings for vlogging, but for cinematics we
have to go over to manual. Whether you’re shooting
with your cellphone, whether you’re shooting
with your One DX Mark 2, there’s a few things you can
do to achieve similar results. First thing I wanna do is, if
I’m focusing on a landscape, I want to find a way to make it look like there’s nobody else here. There’s actually a group
of people behind you, there’s another photographer,
there’s a few kids around, and sometimes they can
be nice little elements to the landscape, but
typically I’m gonna want to try to make it look like we
have this place to ourselves. Now that we’re shooting
in front of these people, we basically have the
waterfall to ourselves. One of the best things that
you can do when shooting is really just to change up
the different focal lengths you’re using by changing
lenses, changing the zoom length if you have a zoom lens,
changing your height, whether it means climbing up
in a tree to get more height or crouching all the way to the ground. It gives it totally different
look to what you’re shooting. I’m gonna put my camera
strap around my neck. I’m gonna zoom in to
35, and do a slow pan. This adds point of contact to your body, allows you to be more
stable in your hands, it’ll definitely help you if you’re planning to
do any panning motion. Another great thing to play with, is what is the foreground? What is the thing between
your subject and the camera? If it means simply putting
a fern in front of the shot, it can change the shot all together and make it so much better. So don’t be afraid to play with the positioning of the
camera, get creative with it, and make something you’re proud of. So something I like to do is camera whips. So, if I’m following the
motion of the waterfall, let’s say starting from top to bottom, I’m gonna go slow and steady
and then when I get towards the end, I’m gonna whip it like that. It’ll look a little something like this. As you can see, it was super
simple, super easy to do. It’s all done right here in hand. It’s something that will
help you take your shooting to the next level. What I really like about this lens is especially when you’re at a busy area you can really isolate
what you wanna shoot, and you can cut out a lot of the people. Whenever I shoot cinematics,
again it’s really important to use the manual settings. I like to shoot underexposed, especially with my Cannon cameras. It just does a better job in
the post corrections later on when they’re shot a little bit dark. Obviously the waterfall is the
main thing to look at here, but shoot the surroundings. You can tell a story by
shooting a little water droplet rolling off the leaf. That could be just as important
as actually the waterfall, in making somebody feel like
they’re part of that moment. (upbeat music) That whole cinematic sequence
may have seemed super effortless, but in reality
that was the equivalent of about 45 minutes or capturing shots with different lenses, different angles, shooting over a few of
them a couple times, and that’s what you get right there. It’s a lot of work to make
something look really beautiful, and that didn’t even
include flying my drone. That would’ve been another 15, 20 minutes if I had sent it out. But one of my tips, if
you don’t own a drone, if you’re not traveling
with one, then go over to Story Blocks and you can actually insert look alike clips,
that will allow you to have a more complete story. That’s something I did a lot in Dubai because it’s actually
illegal to fly there. You can 100% own and
monetize that content, so it’s just completely brainless, it’s such a help as a filmmaker. The bike is like fishtailing everywhere, and we have 3 kilometers
’till the next mechanic. – [Cati] Are you doing that on purpose? – No, it’s like skiing. – [Cati] I feel like I’m
gonna fall any second. – Wow, that’s a beautiful dog. Is it because of the flat? – Because you traveled here so far. – Oh traveling so far, flat
tire’s made the tire hot. I’m not proud of this
but this was their idea, the twins so kindly gave us their scooter, so that we can make it to
our final destination today, before the last boat leaves, which we basically have
to book it there now. They’re gonna wait with the
scooter to get that repaired, and all fixed up, and we will see them in a little bit later tonight. Thanks guys, you’re the best! Are there any boats going left still? – Yes, how many are you? – For two. We made it just in
time, I think we’re like the last boat here leaving today, and we’re going to white island, which is about 15, 20 minutes
away off of Camuigan mainland. One thing I wanna mention
is that all my videos, whether I’m vlogging
or shooting cinematics, if it’s not slow motion, I’m
shooting 60 frames per second. In post production I have
the ability to half speed it and it still looks really nice. Whereas if I’d shot 30 frames per second, I don’t have the ability
to half speed things without making things look really choppy. But I’m always shooting
in my 1080 setting, it does just fine for me. – Even with this one
you can shoot 60 frames? – Yeah. – So it doesn’t have to
be a professional camera? – Yeah that shoots 1080 60
and it looks really nice. (boat revving) What do you think of the island? – It’s so beautiful. – This is white island,
and I know the microphone is just getting destroyed right now, but you need to come here late in the day, there were so many people earlier, so we were like well
we’ll come back later, now there’s maybe three other groups here. The most important part
of any travel video if you plan to post it on
YouTube, is the thumbnail. I have had a particular
photo in mind all day and it pretty much looks
something like this. This beautiful blue
watered white sanded island is perfect for a thumbnail. (upbeat music) And we made it back in one piece. When you’re working on
your big travel video, it’s super important that
you also highlight food because for a lot of people, the food is as important as
the waterfall or as the sunset. We’re actually ending
out trip here in Camuigan at the very same place we started it. This is Hayahay Cafe,
and it’s a coffee shop of our friends’ actually which
we met through another friend it’s a long story I
won’t totally get into, but it’s also the reason
that I met these guys. And so this is a local secret,
Cati and I had lunch here, we’re having dinner here, and the food is. You gotta check it out
if you come to Camuigan. That’s the owner, sorry
she couldn’t be here. I like to show, not just
the food, because you know it’s great to show the final product, but a big thing to restaurants
is also the atmosphere. So, the minute I walk
in I like to give like an opening shot to show
what it looked like the moment you walked into the restaurant. What the experience of eating it is like, that kind of thing. We’re saying goodbye now,
thank you so much guys. – You’re welcome. – You guys are amazing. This is just a small
glimpse of what goes in to making this possible,
now if you wanna see my step by step process
of making a travel video, one of my favorite travel
vlogs I’ve ever made, I did an entire screen
recording of the process, as well as a talk
through to explain to you why I’m doing certain things
and that entire course is available to you with
the link down below. Whether you’re using Adobe or Final Cut, this will be a game changer in helping you make the best travel videos possible. Taking your cinematic and story
telling to the next level. I also wanted to give a
shout out to Cedu Pacific, for flying Cati and I
around the Philippines as well as hooking up
the flight back to Bali and guys, if you’re new
to the channel here, a huge thank you for
watching up to this point. Hit the subscribe button if
you’re not already subscribed, join team get lost because
every Saturday we have a brand new video, and as always guys, let’s get lost again in the next one.

100 Replies to “HOW TO MAKE A TRAVEL VLOG – Camiguin Island Vlogging TIPS

  1. I have a picture frame of your quote. My sister gave it to me back in 2003. Harley used it on a LOT of products so… not sure who said it first but it isn't yours. The thing about good quotes is that they're good no matter who uses them.

  2. Ingenious video! Thanks Christian, it‘s always a pleasure to watch your videos that allow honest sights behind the scenes of a travellogger 👍🏼

  3. such amazing job you have done, congrats! I also start my vlogging channel, only at beggin but super motivated! Travelling is the answer

  4. Wow! Trying to find a bow down emoji but can't find it but that's what I wanna do to you right now!

  5. Just wondering If you carry a lot of equipment by your self or a friend. Where do you store it so it wont get stolen. Especially if your filming by water.

  6. Great tips here! We will def try to focus on a lot of these. Sharing the travel between the interesting bits is something we can def work on.

  7. Hey guys, I make travel videos on my GoPro, please go check them out! Any tips or comments on anything or editing programs would be amazing! Will be subscribing to all that can help! ♥️

  8. Nice illustrating, planning to start travel videos in my country Tanzania. You’ve inspired me a lot.

    If you won’t mind kindly check my IG feeds: @adrianmshana a get to see how cool is my country

  9. i love this..this is so helpful for a beginner like me… yey.. Im from Mindanao Philippines.. 🙂 Camiguin is three hrs away 🙂

  10. You should visit kaparkan falls in abra. But very difficult and will take you months before you get approved to visit there.

  11. Not sure how I feel about "Story Blocks." What's the point of being a film maker if you're not using your own film? Maybe that's just me though.

  12. Does anyone know what smaller Canon camera she was holding on the boat? the one that also shoots at 1080 /60fps

  13. Yess I stayed at Camiguin all alone out of season for a weeks time, I freaking love that place

  14. Great video. I just have one question. You mention you shoot all your videos in 60 fps. Could you please tell me what are the fps settings of your timeline in premiere pro? Thank you!

  15. Yes, you, Mr. LeBlanc, one of my fave when it comes to travel vlog. Very inspiring vid! & informative. More vids like this 💚, thank you! …xoxo from Cebu Philippines

  16. I have NO idea what you are saying with all the tech lingo, but I know you make amazing work.. it's unbelievably breathtaking- a great gift and blessing

  17. Thank you for your tips mate. We really appreciate these types of videos. They are very helpful. We've been following you for ages and seeing your progression with video and editing is really impressive and inspiring. We are really concentrating on video now and we are really enjoying it. I didn't know about Story Blocks so thank you for that. Thanks so much

  18. Aww. It's been almost 15 years since I left the Philippines and I haven't been back ever since.. Gotta plan a trip out there again soon.. I love the video!

  19. Hi, great video!
    What camera would you recommend for someone who is on a tight budget starting out as a vlogger doing travel videos. At the moment I'm using my camera phone and gimble and the battery life sucks and the memory is pretty awful!

  20. Hi dude….thank you for your vedios…..

    Can you be my mentor as a blog beginner..???????

    Because i want to make blog, but i dont know how to start…

    Im from Philippines in BANTAYAN ISLAND….

    THANK YOU!

  21. Solid video mate, nice to see someone genuinely sharing good tips and not holding back. If you’re ever in Wellington NZ let me know and I’ll shout you a week of good food, soft beds and awesome shoot locations.

  22. never apologize or try to explain why you're always filming you're smoke show GF haha we get it, we appreciate it

  23. Im a big fan of you Christian im from philippines and did make a storytelling travel vlog following your tips and tricks i hope you can review it here's the link: https://youtu.be/bALyWtUv6bI
    god bless and more power to you, i also follow wil dasovich and daniel marsh i guys are awsome

  24. We want to make our channel like yours one day! We love the YouTube community and how people try to help each other.

  25. Thank u so much for ur content planning my hunnymoon and you've given me some much needed advice on how to capture the memory for years to come 👍🙌

  26. Thanks! I'll try to do a travel vlog! Its gonna be challenging because I'm not used to traveling! New subscriber bro!

  27. Love your work mate. Really informative. I’m going to use your tips on my next ‘Fishtales with Tim’ video.

  28. Random Giveaway to my first 100 subscribers to earn a chance to win a GoPro HERO7, (this offer expires August 1st 2019) only the first 100 subscribers. Subscribe now before it’s to late!!!

  29. Wow! I’m glad I found this channel! I love making travel videos also… I love the tips.. gives me great ideas and inspiration.. keep up the awesome work yall

  30. Good to see some Westerners traveled to the Philippines. My Filipino husband and i traveled and lived in different places which i would say is too bad we havent filmed those wonderful moments, just some few photos. We just moved recently here in the Philippines and started vlogging too. We are now living a very simple life in the province surrounded by family members, friends and good people. I would say moving here is the best decision we ever made.

  31. Thank you so much for your tutorials! Really usefull for a starting travel channel. Seeing your channel makes me realize that we still have got a long way to go, but it's highly motivating! Your a great sorce of inspiration!

  32. Hi, going to check if you have any videos on equipment safety during traveling, but if not, I was wondering if you could do a video talking about how you keep your gear safe when traveling? I always get paranoid that I will get robbed or feel like I can't put the camera down for a little to actually enjoy the moment. Thanks in advance 🙂

  33. Great info!! We love your videos can’t wait to explore Bali and the surrounding area! In September we would love to meet up with you!

  34. Brother, have been following you for long. Really nice and informative videos. I'm an astrophotographer-astronomer and yes, like you say, it's not a sunrise shit but a reversed sunset shot at 5:40

  35. I've seen some of your video. That is why I decided to vlog. You are awesome. My husband and I working our skills..We are retired so we have time

  36. 3:00 quote India Arie said it best w/ her song ‘Beautiful Day’. If you believe in that quote listen to her song, I’m sure you’ll love it!<3
    Thank you for your good quality advice!

  37. wow!!! this is amazing!
    i'd love to apply these tips on my vlog in the future. this will give a different feel to your video and tell story.
    i am about to post my first vlog and i would love some support and feedback pls hit subscribe and check it out. thank you.

  38. you works very hard behind your each 'of videos hatts off for your hard work….and thanku for giving us A eye soothing places on the earth where we can not go….
    So thanku and keep on..
    #Legendgabbar

  39. This is PERFECT island! Thank you so much for featuring Camiguin Island in the Philippines! Loving this so much!

  40. My favorite travel vlogger Harald Baldr follows none of the standard vlogger formulas. He has no intro, no fancy footage, no drone shots, no nifty editing. He just turns on the camera and records a raw real life experience in one shot.

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