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How to Create Family Videos that Look Professional

People say that a family that laughs together, stays together. What does that mean to you? Perhaps it’s as simple as being able to look back on all the laughs you had as a family, decade after decade. Perhaps it’s something more. Creating family videos is a great way to capture bonding moments like going to unique places with your family. However, it can be challenging to get everyone in the same room together and on camera at the same time. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to make this process easier and more fun for everyone. Here are some tips for you:

  1. Plan Ahead

The first step is planning your video. A lot of people shoot their videos on the spur of the moment, but this can lead to poor-quality footage and an unorganized video.

Just like how you plan your vacation, when you plan your video, you’ll have more time to think about what are the things you need to prepare. It could either be the shots you want to use, the props, costumes, or other items that will be used in the shoot.

  1. Choose a Location With Good Lighting And Background

Choose a location with good lighting and background. The quality of the camera you use doesn’t matter much if the location where you shoot is bland or distracting. If possible, find a spot that has a breathtaking background and not against the sun. For example, if you are traveling with your family, find a perfect spot that has a natural light.

Also, experiment with different angles and perspectives. Try filming from above (looking down), below (from an angle), or behind the person being filmed. This will give your video more variety without requiring lots of editing later on.

  1. Prepare Your Space And Equipment

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have the right equipment. All it takes is a good camera. A DSLR or mirrorless camera is perfect for this job because it’s easy to use and it produces high-quality images. The key here is that you want an interchangeable lens system so that you can change lenses depending on what kind of shot you’re trying to get. You can also get away with using a point-and-shoot (or even your smartphone) if all you want are still shots and no sound. Just make sure that whatever device you use has an external microphone jack. This will give you a better audio quality when plugged in an external microphone.

Once your equipment is all set, it’s time to start shooting! There are plenty of ways this can be done: using a tripod, setting up multiple cameras around the scene, or just setting your phone down somewhere and letting everyone run wild while filming them. The best way is going to depend on what kind of story you’re trying to tell as well as how much time.

  1. Shoot at Eye Level

Shooting at eye level is a great way to make your videos look professional. By shooting at eye level, you’ll be able to capture the faces of everyone in the room and show how they react to the video. This is especially important if you are creating a family video. If you shoot from above or below, it can make people look much smaller than they are.

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  1. Edit Your Video

Finalize your video by editing it. You can use a video editor online to make it easier for you to finalize your video. 

Here are some tips on how to edit your video:

  • Remove the unnecessary scenes and clips from your video. Keep only those clips that are necessary and relevant. You can also include animated gifs to make your video extra fun to watch.
  • Use transitions between scenes and clips. This will make your video look more interesting and professional. If you have a theme for your family video then use one type of transition throughout it. For example, if you are using a lot of photos then use crossfades or fade in/out transitions throughout the whole video so that the transition looks consistent.
  • Add music to give a professional touch to your family videos. You can choose any song from YouTube or other websites and add it to your video to make it sound good and look professional. Then transcribe your audio and video to text through online transcription to convey a clear message.

Key Takeaway

The best takeaway from this list is to just have fun with it. Tell a story that you genuinely want to tell and you’re sure to come up with a video that your family will love to watch—regardless of how ‘professional’ you might be able to make it. 


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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