What Taking Your Travel Films to the Next Level Looks Like

If you're a fan of travel photography and video then you have to check out this amazing new video showcasing the Korean city of Seoul.

Coming from the talented travel videographer Brandon Li, his newest film shot over the course of a month takes you on a deep cultural look at Korean life. We have shared several of Li's tutorials and tips for getting amazing travel footage here on Fstoppers. However, “seoul_wave” is by far Li's best work to date combining all the visually stunning transitions, camera movements, edits, audio, and storytelling he has become popular for. Even though the camera is taking you through a vast variety of scenes, activities, and emotions, Li manages to tie it all together with a strong thematic story of competition. 

The best part is after watching this beautiful film, Li has put together a kind of director's commentary explaining everything from the techniques he used, why he used them, how he gained access to the places visited, to how the story evolved from the people he met along the way. I wish more photographers and videographers took the time to really explain both the thoughts behind the decisions made and how they came together in editing. For me, organizing a series of random events and encounters when I'm abroad into a working story is always been a challenge so videos like this are both inspiring and educational. 

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Michael DeStefano is a commercial/editorial photographer focusing on Outdoor Lifestyle and Adventure. Based in Boston, MA he combines his passion for outdoor sports like climbing and surfing into his work. When not traveling or outdoors he is often found geeking out over new tech gadgets.

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Very cool editing.

I’m not sure I agree that this is taking travel videos to the next level. It was a visual treat and the effects were amazing, but ultimately, overwhelming. As a viewer, I can’t say I’m better informed on Seoul or inspired to visit.

As in most cases, simplicity is best.

I agree, I am a big fan of Brandon but I did not like this video at all.

I can understand that. but I don't see it as something to draw tourism or interest in visiting but more of a fresh look at modern life within that culture. Which I think we need more of. That's just the anthropologist in me though.

As someone who has been living in Seoul for almost 1 year - He has absolutely nailed the culture and society in this video. Seoul is overwhelming, and the editing in this video totally matches that.

What gimbal and camera did he use for the video, thank you

I believe he gives that info in the commentary video.