Build a narrative around your memories.
Stories stick in our memories and connect with our emotions more powerfully than raw data like facts or location names. As Doug Stevenson at Associates for Talent Development (ATD) explains, marketers, teachers, and creative storytellers use the connection between narrative, emotional engagement, and memory all the time to create memorable stories. Wrapping your outdoor excursions in an emotional, personal narrative can be the difference between a dull series of recollections and an exciting adventure that keeps your friends and families on the edge of their seats.
That's why documenting your outdoor experiences has to be about more than just capturing images — it should be about distilling the spirit of your adventure. Even if you consider yourself more of an adventurer than a photographer, start tapping into your creativity now so you can build this growing skill with each new excursion.
Think about filming and photography as storytelling. Like any good narrative, the story of your trip should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Capture any moments of drama and tension, as well as resolution, to hook your viewers. And remember why you’re going on this adventure — as well as why you’re choosing to record it — so that your story feels personal and unique.
Above all, be patient. Don’t try to force anything or over-choreograph your shots. Focus on enjoying yourself, the surrounding nature, and the people with you. If you do, the special moments that make this adventure uniquely yours will arise organically. You just have to be ready, camera in hand, to capture them.
Shoot your best shots.
Try more than one angle or presentation for anything you capture. Similar to B-roll, inserts or cut-ins record small, close-up details that add variety to your film during the editing process.
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