The surging popularity of hands-free action cameras and quality smartphones has turned many motorcycle riders into amateur and even professional videographers. With this innovative technology, you can document your favorite journeys and capture all the action as it unfolds. Not only can you put together an amazing video to share with friends, but you can also heighten your online profile if that's your goal. However, shooting an awesome motorcycle video isn't as easy as just turning on the camera. If you're searching for ways to hone your video skills, here are some tips to get you started.

Tell a Story

tell a story

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Before you hop on your bike with a camera, brainstorm ideas for your trip. This could include a legendary route, a road trip with friends, or even a journey to find solace in your life. Whatever you come up with, you want yourself and others to find intrigue and curiosity in your adventure. This adds an emotional and relatable aspect, while also reminding you of why you took the epic trip if you watch the video 10 or 20 years from now.

Don't Break the Bank on Gear

If you're just starting out shooting videos, don't spend thousands of dollars on gear when more affordable options will do. Many smartphones now shoot video in 720p or 1080p, making them just as good as handheld cameras. You can easily find glove mounts, helmet mounts, or dash mounts that allow you to attach a camera while freeing up your hands and eyes for safe driving. When you want to take your videos to the next level, consider an action camera. GoPro was the original action cam, but don't count out options from other companies such as Sony, Polaroid, Samsung, and more. Some of these cameras are more affordable than you think, costing less than $100, with some still shooting 1080p for under $50. Don't spend $500, when one of these is the better option.

Keep It Short and Sweet

In the age of instant gratification and short attention spans, keeping your video short and sweet is vital. Most people won't watch more than 30 seconds of a video before moving on, so you'll need to keep it short while also providing your finest footage just seconds into the video. The best bet is to split your story into chapters, allowing viewers to absorb them in bite-size pieces.

Add a Soundtrack

Every moment in life is somehow heightened by music. It captures the mood of the occasion and takes it to another level, creating an emotional connection to the viewer. When you're creating a video, adding music can provide an extra spark. Whether it's an emotional ballad or a dose of heavy metal, you'll set the tone and create more than just a video. It becomes a work of art. Don't expect to become a master videographer overnight. It takes time, learning, and experimentation to get the proper angles and edits to line up with precision and quality. Once you've started to improve your skills, you'll be on your way to creating a video that everyone wants to see. Who knows, you might become the next viral sensation.

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