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Most companies that are just starting up are typically at a loss for knowledge and resources about how to shoot good product videos. Luckily, we’ve got a secret weapon: Jeremy. We’re sharing his knowledge and insight with you!

In this half of our two-fold episode (check out part 1 here), Fred and Jeremy discuss techniques and tools for ways to make great product videos: places and times to get great shots, post-production tools, and more. You may want to grab a notepad and a pen for this one. Go ahead, we’ll wait.

In This Episode

  • 01:51 Keep it short
  • 03:06 Cut the crap
  • 06:20 Does your story make sense?
  • 08:38 Use manual focus and have an AC help you
  • 10:44 Don’t use out of focus footage, be better than that.
  • 13:14 The Magic Hour: When to shoot outdoors
  • 14:34 Go to pretty places
  • 16:03 Talking heads techniques
  • 17:48 Have other methods for recording audio
  • 19:07 Shoot at least 2 angles on an interview
  • 19:50 LOTS of B-Roll
  • 21:45 Expect problems and learn from them
  • 29:08 White background techniques
  • 30:18 Common mistakes in product videos
  • 34:03 Low-budget options
  • 36:09 Post-production tools
  • 37:00 Create a story and don’t steal music
  • 38:12 Where to spend money
  • 41:10 If/When to hire an editor or post-production service
  • 44:35 Word to the Wise

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Word to the Wise

  • Jeremy: nvALT – Plain-text note-taking app, also makes organizing and searching for your notes super easy
  • Fred: Noto – Note-taking app that allows you to quickly take a note and send it to email

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Recognizing that lumbar packs go by a variety of names around the world, not all of which are PC across cultures, we’ve decided to go with “bum bag” to describe the small waist bags that are carried low around the hips, in order to keep the international giggling to a minimum.

When I showed up at the airport to meet my friend for a trip to Austin, she took one look at me and said, “That’s not a bum bag you’re carrying is it?”

Oh yes, it was.

The NorthFace Roo is one of my most trusted travel companions. I know what you’re thinking when you hear bum bag. In my defense, I don’t wear it around my hips, I usually buckle it over one shoulder. Try to erase the mental image of your mom at Disney World and think of it as a cool, outdoorsy purse. By the way, the proper term is a lumbar pack.

Weirdly enough these technical bum bags were popular as purses at my, all girls, Catholic high school circa 2003-2007. I never had one then because, admittedly, I found them embarrassing.

During college I went on a medical and dental mission trip to El Salvador. I took pictures all day and blogged about our experiences at night. I spent the week ducking in and out of exam tents, on the floor playing patty-cake, and standing on chairs trying to get the perfect shot.

I researched bags to carry my two small cameras, notepads, and other essentials but I kept stumbling across the Roo. I called my best friend, Emily, from high school, and, sure enough, she still had hers. After wearing it on that trip, I was in love. I bought my own and it’s kept me company on almost every trip since. Click to continue…

Want to take quality photos of a product, but don’t have gobs of cash? We’ve got you covered. Fred and Jeremy discuss tips for taking product photos of good quality, as well as ways to make this process more affordable. Tune in for helpful hints and hacks spanning from good gear and software to working with lighting and models.

Also check out part 2 of this podcast for similar information on product videos.

In This Episode

  • 01:47 Tortuga updates
  • 08:08 Equipment you’ll need: Camera
  • 11:44 White Background
  • 13:10 Jeremy’s magic lesson of film school
  • 15:33 Cheap tripod/monopod
  • 17:00 Lightroom or iPhoto
  • 17:43 Do you need lights to shoot photos?
  • 20:58 Editing software for videos
  • 22:11 Taking lifestyle shots
  • 25:36 Using shallow depth of field
  • 28:08 The models you need and how to find them
  • 34:09 Using Aperture Priority Mode
  • 41:20 Back up your photos!
  • 45:48 Use Auto White Balance (AWB) on your camera when shooting outside
  • 49:03 Low budget options

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You ninja rolled your pants into a ball, your liquids fit in 3.5 oz. bottles, and you didn’t pack a travel hair dryer. Congratulations. You are a carry on travel champion. Now comes the hard part.

It’s time to go outside and…you know…do stuff.

Too often we pack for the flight, but not the actual trip. A lean, mean backpack is awesome-sauce, but even the sleekest carry on is a behemoth for exploring museums and taking day hikes. You need a plan B. An ace in the hole. A closer in the bullpen. So, here’s my answer for how to find the perfect daypack: Click to continue…

For those of you who aren’t quite sold on the fact that crowdfunding works, we’ve got another success story to share with you. Fred and Jeremy interview Elvina Beck of Podshare, a pod hotel that is focused on bringing community back into travel. Elvina’s story is great, but this episode also shares the ins and outs of crowdfunding: what to do and how to do it. Listen in for tips on how to start and run a successful campaign and for advice on creating a great promotional video.

In This Episode

  • 01:54 Listener reviews
  • 04:49 Basic principles of crowdfunding: the nuts and bolts
  • 09:12 The “campaign” before the campaign
  • 13:12 Set minimum asking price
  • 18:05 The money-maker? YOUR VIDEO!
  • 22:29 Tracking down video professionals
  • 24:27 Meet Elvina Beck of Podshare
  • 24:56 How Podshare started
  • 26:49 Airbnb testing and researching price points
  • 30:19 Sticking it to the man: The reason for Elvina’s Indiegogo campaign
  • 36:19 Why Indiegogo?
  • 40:41 Elvina’s awesome video
  • 45:07 Donation experiences
  • 48:59 Elvina’s advice and business model
  • 54:55 Word to the Wise

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Word to the Wise

  • Jeremy: Invisibilia – NPR podcast exploring psychology and human behavior
  • Fred: Nightcrawler – Movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal providing an interesting perspective on the lengths to which the media will go for a story

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Every month we give away a $100 gift card to someone who subscribes to and reviews the podcast. Subscriptions, ratings, and reviews are helpful for getting the show ranked and discovered by other travelers. We appreciate your help spreading the word about Power Trip.

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