Nikon COOLPIX digital cameras shoot great video—in addition to stills—many capable of shooting in HD or Full HD formats. In addition, they also offer a variety of special effects. With a little practice, you can create great videos as a keepsake of your future travels, complete with interviews, narration, music, or still images incorporated throughout.

When shooting video on a vacation, keep these tips in mind:

  • Do your homework. If you’re going on vacation and want to make a video of your travels, research the location if you aren’t familiar with it. Once there, you can even ask the locals if there are any places off the beaten path that might make for interesting video or photographs.

  • Have fun. Look for unique angles such as carefully climbing high above your subjects, or getting the camera low to the ground for a change in viewpoint. Take both video and stills when you do this for more variety. Its even ok if you need to ask your subjects to repeat a task so you can capture it in more than one way.

  • Stabilize the camera whenever possible. If your camera has VR (Vibration Reduction), turn the feature on. You can use a monopod or tripod when panning or zooming into the frame. If you don’t have a monopod or tripod, brace yourself against a sturdy object such as a fence or wall to keep camera shake to a minimum.

  • Pass the camera around. How will anyone know you were there if you stay behind the camera the entire time? Have others in your group take pictures or shoot video of you having fun too. You can also place the camera on a tripod or sturdy surface to get into the shot (still images or video) with family and friends.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask your subjects a question; or prompt them to tell a story or share their thoughts about the event you’re capturing on video. You can always choose to leave in your own voice making the request or edit it out of the final video.

  • Lastly, Make sure your batteries are fresh (if your camera uses disposable batteries) and fully charged (if your camera uses rechargeable ones); We’ve all run out of power at one inopportune time or another but doing so while traveling can be devastating. Bring extra media cards too. You don’t want to face the decision of having to delete images or video clips to make room for new ones in the middle of your vacation.

With simple editing, your video footage, still images, music or narration will turn into a wonderful multimedia story that your fiends and family will want to see again and again.

Learn from photographer Ann Cutting in this video, as she explains these tips and more for capturing great video when on vacation. While the video focuses on one vacation scenario among friends, many of the tips and tricks are general enough that you can use them anytime or anywhere.