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How The IPhone 5 Can Take Unforgettable Vacation Videos

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Traveling in this technological age, an entire vacation can be documented on an iPhone 5. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

When I travel around the world, I shoot my pieces with a camera and tripod. But for the very first time, I recently shot a piece in Dallas with my brand new iPhone 5.

At the second annual Family Travel Conference (, recently held in Dallas, the focus was on video.

Rob Burgos of Full Circle Post gave me the top five tips for using the iPhone 5:

Hold It Horizontal
We watch horizontal images on TV, so we should hold the phone horizontally when we take video.

Keep It Clean
Make sure to clean the lens.

Don't Block The Mic
Make sure you know where the microphone is.

Maximize Natural Lighting
The last thing you want to do is shoot with the sun behind your subject because it causes a backlighting effect.

Brace Yourself For Steady Shots
If you hold your shoulder into your body, you become your own tripod.

I took a whirl around Dallas and checked out the video features of the iPhone 5.

First stop was the Arboretum for the Chihuly glass sculpture exhibit. For close-ups, you have to approach the subject, because there's no built-in zoom.

Next stop was the brand new Klyde Warren Park, built on top of a freeway, where the built-in mic picks up very well in an interview set-up.

"We’ve taken a lot of things that parks across the country have done well, especially Bryant Park in New York. It's a space we hope the entire city can use," Greg Miller of Dallas CVB said.

Next year, the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination will be marked and no trip to Dallas is complete without a visit to the riveting Sixth Floor Museum, where the use of video inside is mostly restricted.

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