Yuchengco Museum opened its doors to the public in September 2005 and it is famed among art and history lovers.

The museum is to exhibit and showcase the personal art collection and artifacts of Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco. Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco was a successful businessman, diplomat, collector, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and advocate for education in the Philippines and beyond.

The art collection of the museum includes the artworks by local Filipino artists like Juan Luna (1857 – 1899), Fernando C. Amorsolo (1892-1972), and Carlos Botong Francisco (1913-1969).

Yuchengco Museum is located at the heart of the Makati Central Business District, the Philippines. The objective was to promote to the public the appreciation of art through the finest international as well as local, cultural, historical, and design exhibits and programs.

The museum not only exhibits art collections, but also hosts exchange, debate, and education.

Yuchengco Museum Ultimate Guide

Visiting Information

Location: RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala Avenue and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati, 1200 Metro Manila, Philippines (the headquarters of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation)


Sunday Closed
Monday- Saturday 10am – 6pm

Phone: +63 2 8889 1234
Website: http://www.yuchengcomuseum.org
Email: [email protected]

Admission Fees:

Adults: PHP 100.00
Senior citizens: PHP 50.00 (60 years old and above with senior citizen ID)
PWDs: PHP 50.00 (persons with disabilities with PWD ID)
Students: PHP 50.00 (high school, senior high school, and college students with student ID)
YGC employees: Free (staff ID)


Guest parking is available at Basements 5 and 6 of RCBC Plaza. The parking fee is PHP 60 for the first two hours. Free valet service is also available. Please call (632) 843-8322 for more parking information.

Wheelchair Access

All public areas of the museum, including the upper-floor galleries and second-floor restrooms, are wheelchair-accessible.

Amenities & Shopping

Public restrooms are located on the second floor near the elevators.

The museum’s permanent art collection includes works by celebrated Filipino artists such as Juan Luna (1857 – 1899), Fernando C. Amorsolo (1892 – 1972), and Carlos “Botong” Francisco (1913 – 1969).

The museum’s Books & Gifts Corner in the lobby offers a wide array of merchandise reflecting art from our collections and exhibitions, as well as the best in Filipino and Sino-Filipino art and culture.

Find exhibition catalogs, notecards, books, inexpensive gifts, and luxury items. The shop accepts payments made in cash and credit card (Bankard, MasterCard, Visa, and JCB).
Permanent Exhibits

Juan Luna (1857 – 1899)

Juan Luna represents the Filipino’s highest achievements in the international art scene during the 19th century. He remains unsurpassed by any Filipino or Asian artist up to the present. His academic-classical style represents a high point of Western influence in Philippine visual arts.

Fernando Amorsolo (1892 – 1972)

Fernando Amorsolo represents the mastering of the Filipino genre of painting, celebrating key features of high and popular culture–beauty, nostalgia, pageantry, the fantasy of how the Philippines was, and the dream of how it should be.

Carlos “Botong” Francisco (1913 – 1969)

Botong Francisco represents the high point of mural painting and is often called the greatest muralist and modernist in the Philippines. His elegant draftsmanship and flair for sensuous shapes and complex design–coupled with the popularity of his themes–glorify community life and love of country, and vividly record the legendary courage of the ancestors of the Filipino

Suspended Garden

The artwork resembles a floating Japanese Zen garden that was created for the 2010 exhibit Pumapapel: Art in Paper. Conceptual tension is achieved by the idea of heavy rocks “floating.”

Rizal Collection

The museum dedicated to National Hero Jose Rizal (1861–1896) aims to bring Rizal’s values and thoughts on the national character to a larger audience. Among the treasures on display here are Rizal’s educational diplomas and certificates, portraits and photos, private correspondence with family members and friends, and more items.

Yuchengco Group of Companies Collection

The Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC) Gallery displays collectibles related to the Yuchengco family’s Chinese heritage, the history of the YGC, and Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco’s business and diplomatic career.

Temporary Exhibition Gallery

A Temporary Exhibition Gallery featuring the very best of temporary exhibitions from the world exhibitions circuit.


Yuchengco Museum developed YFilms.PH is a digital platform that will provide the public access to the Top Quality Filipino Classic and Commercial Films, alongside Professional, Student, and Upcoming Filmmaker Full-Length Features and Short Films. The platform will run numerous Thematic Online Film Festivals.

List of Museums in Makati:

  1. Makati Museum
  2. The Mind Museum
  3. ArtistSpace Gallery
  4. Museum of Contemporary Art and Design
  5. Finale Art File
  6. Alaya Museum

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What to See Nearby

The Yuchengco Museum is surrounded by interesting things to see. The Ayala Triangle Gardens is a 2-hectare landscaped urban park in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.

It is a triangular public garden and courtyard in the center of the Makati Central Business District.
Greenbelt is a shopping mall that offers a mix of high-end retail shops, restaurants, amenities, leisure, and entertainment.

Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park or simply Luneta, is a historic urban park and it is considered one of the largest urban parks in Asia, covering an area of 58 hectares.

San Agustin Church, also known as the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation and Cincture or the Immaculate Conception Parish, is a Roman Catholic church it is the oldest stone church in the Philippines.

Frequently Asked Question

  1. How to travel around Makati?
    Makati is located in the central part of Metro Manila and is accessible from neighboring cities and airports. You can either take a bus or take the Metro Rail Transit (MRT). You can take the regular metered white taxi or the premium yellow taxi.
  2. What else I can do other than explore museums in Makati?
    Makati is also known as the urban jungle because there are few recreational areas and park in the city. If you love shopping, Makati is also known for its luxury shopping malls and departments that feature local and international retail stores and dining options.


Yuchengco Museum is a museum in the city keeping the Philippine arts and culture worth visiting in Makati. You can buy art books, exhibit books & catalogs, hand-painted artworks, gifts, and many more.

Animal tour in Malaysia

Malaysia is home to of most delicious Asian cuisine, beautiful places, paradise-like beaches and so much more. Some places in Malaysia are heaven for nature lovers. From wildlife to beautiful landscapes, Malaysia has it all.

Catching photos of wildlife in action pays every traveler’s visit. There are too many places to visit in Malaysia if you want to get close contact with the animals. Out of the many locations to explore, here are 10 Perfect Wildlife Photography Locations in Malaysia.


10 Wildlife Destinations in Malaysia

  1. Labuk Bay
  2. Tabin Wildlife Reserve
  3. Kinabalu Park
  4. Sepilok
  5. Danum Valley
  6. Lambir Hills National Park
  7. Kinabatangan River
  8. Sipadan Island
  9. Gunung Relau
  10. Sungai Kilim Nature Park


1. Labuk Bay

hornbill in Malaysia

Animals in Malaysia

Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Otter in Malaysia

First in our list of 10 Perfect Wildlife Photography Locations in Malaysia is the mangroves of Labuk Bay.  This place is home to more than the popular proboscis monkeys. Silvered leaf monkeys, slow lorises, hornbills, and otters are just some of the many species you can spot on a day at the sanctuary.

Visitors get to take photos of monkeys to close up at their mealtime. One of the great treasure of Malaysia.


2. Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Tabin Wildlife Reserve bird

Tabin Wildlife Reserve elephants

Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia

Tabin Wildlife Reserve Tembadau

Tabin Wildlife reserve is home to various endangered wildlife such as the Borneo Pygmy Elephants, exotic birdlife, and Tembadau (a species of cattle found in Southeast Asia). 

Tabin Wildlife Reserve is covered in lowland rainforest, Tabin nurtures and a colossal number of tropical plants.


3. Kinabalu Park

asian wild animals

asina mouse deer

Sabah, Malaysia

This park surrounds Mount Kinabalu, its highest peak is about 4,095 meters. Most of the animals especially the mammal species are found on the mountain live high in the trees.

A good zooming camera is an advantage to capture the beautiful animals high above the trees. It is a great spot for wildlife photography, animals include the orangutan, three kinds of deer, Malayan weasel, oriental small-clawed otter, leopard, and many more.


4. Sepilok

Sepilok orangotan on a tree

Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Cute orangutan are common in Sepilok. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Sandakan is one of the world’s four largest orangutan conservation areas. It is about 25 kilometers from the city of Sandakan deep in the pleasant tropical rainforest.

Adjacent to the orangutan center is another of Sepilok’s rehabilitation centers, the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Center. Very few people know about the Bornean sun bear, which is the smallest kind of bear in the world.


5. Danum Valley

Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia

Being remote from human habitation and almost alien to modern civilization, Danum Valley Conservation Area is a paradise.

Danum Valley recognized as one of the world’s most complex ecosystem, this forest serves as a natural home for endangered wildlife species such as Asian elephant, clouded leopard, banteng, proboscis monkey, orangutan as well as a vast range of Sabah’s lowland fauna.


6. Lambir Hills National Park

tarsier on a tree

Asian wild animals

Sarawak, Malaysia

Life positively abounds in Lambir Hills National Park in Sarawak. You can find many different species of animals and plants here that have not yet been described.

You may also spot some of the 157 types of birds that live in the park as you wander the trails of this fascinating forest. Other wild animals here including Gibbons, Tarsiers, and even clouded leopards.


7. Kinabatangan River

crocodile in Malaysia

Asian hornbill

Sabah, Malaysia

Asian monkey sitting on a tree

The 560-kilometer Kinabatangan River is Sabah’s longest river, beginning in the Crocker Range in Southwest Sabah and ending at the Sulu Sea southeast of Sandakan.

The Kinabatangan River has gained a justified reputation as one of the top wildlife-watching destinations in Southeast Asia.

The lower basin of the Kinabatangan River has the largest wildlife habitats in Southeast Asia with pygmy elephants, crocodiles, proboscis monkeys, rare birds, and many more.


8. Sipadan Island

lion fist

Asian animals

Sabah, Malaysia

The aquatic animals in our list of 10 Perfect Wildlife Photography Locations in Malaysia is Sipadan Island. This island Lies five degrees north of the equator in the Celebes Sea, Sipadan Island is internationally famous. With its over 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this richest ecosystem.

Sipadan Island has three popular dive sites such as Turtle Cavern, Barracuda Point, South Point, and Hanging Gardens. Be ready with your underwater cameras to capture the most colorful underwater creatures.


9. Gunung Relau

Kampar, Perak, Malaysia

The Kampar Peninsula is bordered to the south by the Kampar river, and to the north by the Siak River and Selat Panjang. To the east, these two rivers join together, creating the wedge-shaped peninsula that is referred to as the Kampar peninsula. (Visit the best restaurants in Kampar)

This area is rich in wildlife, and most of them are rare animals of Malaysia, some other animals that can be seen in Gunung Relau are Wild Pigs, two species of deer, Sumatran tiger, clouded leopard, flat-headed cat, elephants, primates, bats, etc.


10. Sungai Kilim Nature Park

Langkawi, Malaysia

Last in our list of 10 Perfect Wildlife Photography Locations in Malaysia is Sungai Kilim Nature Park.

Sungai Kilim Nature Park is a 100sqkm protected mangrove swamp with mangrove forests, remote beaches, and blue lagoons. From the river banks up to the estuary, there is a good variety of flora and fauna here, ranging from the overhanging ‘bogak’ trees to iguanas, macaques, and tree crabs.


Hunting wildlife using a camera

Whether you are love photography or making a project for your vlog, capturing the wildlife is a bit challenging hobby to get into because it takes a lot of commitment.
To excel in this field, you not only have to develop your camera-taking skills, but you also have to learn about the animals that you shoot. Visit Vlog Smarter to learn more about this cool stuff.

monks entering the temple in Asia

Buddhist temples are sacred places of worship and it also major tourist attractions. History, impressive architecture and carved reliefs, temples are wonders to explore. Usually peaceful and quiet.

Whether you’re a vlogger or just love visiting, and seeing new places, you will also love to travel Asia.

People like to Asia and as many people are allowed to visit the temples no matter what your religion and beliefs are, there’s plenty of opportunity for offense.

Worshipers often complain about travelers not taking off their shoes, wearing too little clothing, and sometimes for having a tattoo of Buddha which can be seen as disrespectful.

But as long as you follow the rules, there’s no need for you to feel intimidated. Visitors who are aware of the rules and respectful will always be welcome.

You might also find it helpful to learn about the specific dos and don’ts that apply to one of the temples in Southeast Asia, a country like Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and some other countries in Southeast Asia.

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8 Basic Etiquette for Visiting Buddhist Temples

  1. Cover Yourself
  2. Never Point
  3. Show Respect
  4. Respect the Buddha Statues
  5. Stand up
  6. Walk in the Right Direction
  7. Remove Your Hat and Shoes
  8.  Show Extra Respect
  9. Interacting With Buddhist Monks
  10. No Touching

Buddhist temple setting in waters in the mountains


Cover Yourself

Countries around Southeast Asia are commonly hot, and travelers often dress for the heat. Shoulders should be covered and long pants should be worn rather than shorts.

Some temples in tourist places may be considering things like wearing short clothes, but your modesty will be appreciated.

Some temples provide a sarong or other cover-up for a small fee if the gatekeeper thinks you’re not covered up enough.


Never Point

One of the most basic yet important out of 10 Simple Etiquettes for Visiting Buddhist Temples. Pointing at things or people around the temple is considered extremely rude. When sitting, never point your feet at a person or image of Buddha. To indicate something, use your hand with the palm facing upwards.


Show Respect

Lower your voice, turn off mobile devices, remove hats, avoid inappropriate conversation, remove your headphones, don’t smoke, and don’t chew gum.

You are likely entering an actual concentrated area, where locals go to commune with the sacred, so any hint of irreverence might cause deep offense.


Respect the Buddha Statues

Don’t sit near, never touch or climb on a Buddha statue or the raised platform where the statue sits on. Ask permission before taking photographs and never do so during worship.
When exiting, you should walk backward and get some distance between you and the Buddha before turning your back.


Just Stand Up

If you happen to be sitting in the worship area when monks or nuns enter, stand up to show respect, wait until they have finished what they needed to do before sitting down again.



Always move clockwise around pagodas, temples, and monasteries, as this action represents deep reverence for the Buddha.


Remove Your Hat and Shoes

This is also important out of 10 Simple Etiquettes for Visiting Buddhist Temples. Before entering the temple, shoes and hats should be removed. You can leave your shoes outside the temple in the designated area and hold your hat or keep it in your bag during the visit.


Show Extra Respect

When entering the shrine, step in with your left foot first, and when exiting step in your right foot. This gesture symbolically represents a whole.


Interacting With Buddhist Monks

Monks are the friendliest people you will meet during your travel to Asia. There
are a few things to be aware of when interacting with monks.
1. Keep in mind that monks don’t eat in the afternoon, so be mindful about eating or
snacking around them.
2. If a monk is sitting, show respect by sitting before starting a conversation
and avoid sitting higher than a monk.
3. You should only use your right hand when giving or receiving something from a

Women should never touch a monk and even brushing against a monk by an accident might make them uncomfortable.


No Touching

One of 10 Simple Etiquettes for Visiting Buddhist Temples that you may not know. Do not touch people you meet and shaking hands is considered bad manners. Don’t ever touch a monk.


Travel Tips

If you’re going to travel Asia, you better be prepared especially when capturing the moments. Here at Vlog Smarter, we cover more topics to help you experience the best way of traveling. From setting up your vlog, capturing the moments to uploading, and make money out of it, we got you covered. 



man standing in island with asia transparent map

Asia is one of the world’s best regions to travel to. First-time travelers can get easily overwhelmed by the thought of exploring this massively diverse region.

Every Asian country has its own beliefs, cultures as well as rules and regulations, that you need to follow. Not only that there’s a few preparations you need to do when traveling Asia like unpredictable weather conditions.

Why Choose to Travel Asia?

Home to some of the world’s oldest cultures, beautiful natural landscapes, fascinating architecture, friendly locals, and delicious foods, Asia is a top holiday destination.

Asia is a place to some earliest architecture and ancient empires of the world and full of fascinating historical sites, each with its own unique charm.

To help you better prepare your trip, here are the Top 12 Tips In Traveling Asia

Tips You Need when Traveling Asia

1. Pack Light

bag with clothes and hat

Traveling light will give you a lot of advantages. Just pack the clothes you need for one week plus your travel essentials. Consider taking just a carry-on bag and just bring things you needed the most.

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2. Always Be Prepared for Rain

man with umbrella under the rain at the roadside walking

Rainy season doesn’t happen at the same time and in the same Place in Asia. Like for example in Malaysia or Thailand, it may be rainy season on the west coast but not on the east coast.

Or when it’s monsoon in Malaysia, it’s a dry season in Bali. You can move around the region to choose and enjoy the best weather.

3. Avoid Over-planning

notebook with pen writing notes

For most, it’s natural to do some research and create some outlines for what you want to see and do in a place you wanted to travel.

But plans will also inevitably change when you get to the location. You may think in advance whether your plan is necessary or will it create difficulties in some situations.

Remember that improvising is relatively easy and fun.

4. Rent a Motorbike When You Can

motorcycle parked at roadside

While you can get to the nicest spots using public vehicles like buses or taxis, renting a motorcycle is a total game-ganger.

But make sure that you can drive one and do take care as traffic accidents are by far the biggest danger to travelers in Asia. To drive safely, the key is to drive in moderate speed while you are aware of your surroundings while driving.

5. Bring Some Medicine

assorted medicines

Taking some considered most important medicines for travelers like Loperamide, Antacids, Antihistamines, and pain or fever medication are essential.

You must be ready for things you may encounter like changes in weather that may cause headache, food, and water that sometimes affect minor health conditions.

6. Drink Water Safely

water bottle rolling in the waves at the seashore

Stick to bottled water, tap water is generally not safe to drink. Bottled water is available everywhere.

7. Choose Local to Save Money

asian lady eating noodle soup

You can try Asian food, there’s a lot to choose from. It’s way cheaper and delicious instead of hamburgers and pizzas.

Also try some local products which are cheap with reasonable quality like clothes, slippers and more.

8. Ignore Some Public Vehicle Driver’s Advice

tuk-tuk parking waiting for passengers

According to most travelers in Asia, some (very few) public utility vehicle drivers are not reliable. They’ll often just take you to traps or some random locations like a guesthouse where they get a commission for bringing you there.

Yes there are bad people, but there are much more good people that will help and bring you where you want to go without any problem.

9. Be Respectful to Their Culture

temple with red color paint

Like temples and holy sites, it requires you to dress appropriately. You need to cover your upper legs and shoulders.

Most of the holy temples that are frequently visited by tourists might have clothes that you can borrow to wrap around your body in case you’re wearing clothing that they consider inappropriate.

10. Respect the Animals

people taking photo while riding at the back of an elephant

Animal riding sounds fun, but most animals like elephants, water buffalo, and tortoises are often horribly abused and traumatized so that they’ll follow commands.

11. Be Patient

man patiently waiting

Not everything runs exactly the way you expected. Delays are really common and travel plans can go bad. Just relax and understand the situation. It’s all part of the adventure.

12. Avoid Scams

lady covering her face

Traveling around Asia, scams are pretty rare in Asia, but you might still encounter one now and then. Do record everything if possible like taking photos of the current conditions of anything you rent is one example.


Things to Do in Malaysia 2021


malaysia frag kuala lumpur temple


Traveling around is one of the most underrated things to do in Malaysia. From the dense jungle full of healthy wildlife to beautiful cities with delicious food, surrounded by turquoise blue beaches, Malaysia has a ton to offer.

Get ready with your Cameras to capture the moment as you may witness breath-taking views, wonderful places, people, and culture. Here are some of the best things to do when visiting Malaysia in 2021.


man in mount kinabalu mountain

One of the best things to do in Malaysia 2021 is hiking the mountains. The tallest mountain in Malaysia is Mount Kinabalu, it’s located in the Ranau district West Coast Division of Sabah, Malaysia.

The mountain and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world, with between 5,000 and 6,000 species of plants, 326 species of birds, and more than 100 mammalian species identified.

Among this rich collection of wildlife are famous species such as the gigantic Rafflesia plants and orangutans. Mount Kinabalu has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status. 

It’s the popular hiking trek as you make your way through the dense jungle to reach the summit. 


coral reef and coral fishes

One of the most visited spots to enjoy the underwater beauty of Malaysia is the Perhentian Islands.

Perhentian Islands are islands in Besut District, Terengganu, Malaysia. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil.

People here generally speak Kelantanese Malay, however, English is widely spoken. Perhentian Islands are popular with snorkelers and divers because of their reefs and crystalline waters full of a wide variety of turtles, corals, reef fish, and many other colorful living organisms.

City Tour

kuala lumpur at night

If you spend at least a few days and nights in Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, don’t miss visiting 1,500 feet tall Petronas Towers.

Kuala Lumpur is the largest city in Malaysia, covering an area of 243 km. You can also visit and see the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, explore the Batu Caves, and see the amazing butterfly garden. You can also try to explore the nightlife inside the city of Kuala Lumpur. You can check out these famous rooftop bars.

Food Trip

malaysian food

Other things to do in Malaysia 2021 is to visit some restaurants and try their delicious food.  There’s a lot of Malaysian dishes to choose from at a reasonable price and plentiful. Some are meat-based and there are vegetarian versions of all of them.

Some of the vegetarian versions are more delicious and healthier than their meat counterparts. If you have not been to Malaysia before and you’re planning for a visit, the food will keep you coming back.

Wildlife Spotting

elephant in the jungle

Malaysia has a rich diversity of wildlife. Animals like Malaysian tigers, Orangutans, Sumatran Rhinos, and Monitor Lizards, are all indigenous to the country.

Malaysia’s national parks and wildlife reserves are the best places to go to see wildlife, including Taman Negara and Bako National Park.

Relax at the Beach

beach hd photo


Relax and chill at the stunning tropical islands complete with coral and white sands to the long, languorous beaches of the mainland – as well as incredible locations in Malaysian Borneo, this Southeast Asian country sure packs a punch when it comes to the confluence of sand and sea.

Posted from thousands of different magazines, websites, and articles, Pulau Langkawi is a great retreat on an archipelago of more than 100 islands made up of white sandy beaches and endless sunshine.

Pantai Cenang is the most popular beach area, especially for its strip of restaurants, bars, and shops.

Whitewater Rafting

whitewater rafting

Malaysia is also known for its challenging whitewater rafting conditions. You can find all grades of rafting on the rivers here, Kuala Kubu Bharu River, Kampar River, and Ulu Slim River are two popular options.

Hope these lists of Things to Do in Malaysia 2021 help you in your plans and decisions to worth your visit to this beautiful country. Here are some helpful and related articles.

clapper board on top of the wooden table

In this article, we will talk about 7 Easy Ways to Instantly Make Better Videos in 2021 that you can start doing today.

They don’t require money, and it doesn’t require buying a camera or extra gear. There are just seven things that you can do to instantly update up that video quality.

7 Easy Ways to Instantly Make Better Videos!


1. Lighting

2 lighting equipment in tripod with white background


Lighting is the most important thing when it comes to photography, cinematography, and filming videos, lighting controls all.

Not just talking about forced lighting or stuff that we’re going to set up or lights that you have to buy or DIY lighting setups.

Window light is the best light for run-and-gun. Get it done right and it will have an amazing result.

If you can get a nice soft light coming in, it’s not too harsh but it illuminates the subject nicely, makes it nice and clear which means it’s easy to understand and focus on what is the message of that video or photo is all about.

Because the shot is so clean, it really gives you a good wide range of capabilities when it comes to color correcting.

Try to move away from the window in the same room, you can see how that light loss is significantly different. If it’s darker by placing the subject in a different area means it will lose some details.

Dark shots are going to be more difficult to color drain, it’s probably going to come out a little more grainy because it doesn’t have enough light on the image as a whole.

You will see the difference that makes by moving closer or moving further away or shooting in the corner of a room.
These make all the difference in how the quality is going to be perceived in your videos.

The same thing goes if you’re actually setting up using your lights or using the light that’s just in your ceiling, the difference is substantial.

Just think about where you want to shoot in your house, where you want to shoot in whatever building that you’re in.

Your videos will be tenfold better if you just think about the lighting first.


2. Use Clean Background

interior image of tropical house's bedroom


Be deliberate about the background you use for filming. Nothing looks less professional than a messy or distracting background.

One easy way to get a professional look for your video is to use a solid-colored background. A wall, a bedsheet, or a large sheet of backdrop paper are all good options.

Make sure your subject stands several feet away from the backdrop to avoid casting shadows on it.
It’s also a good idea to shoot a video in a “professional” environment: the place where you actually work or spend time.


3. Proper Music and Sound

audio mixer


Having the proper music and sound effects will 100% change the way people view and see your videos including yourself.

If you use the wrong track for some incredible footage, that footage could be very affected. It won’t be as good or not as epic or not as sad, it’s all in the song choice.

If you’ve got some home footage of a baby crawling across the floor and you use some gangster rap, probably you won’t get a better result.

Set the tone and make it a little more family-friendly works as well. If you have footage of some people skateboarding and you insert some soft happy piano might not be the way to go, so song choice is a huge factor when you’re thinking about your videos.

If it’s a cheesy song your footage is going to be viewed and the piece as a whole is going to be viewed as cheesy.

If it’s really an epic song but the footage doesn’t match the epicness of the music then you’re making it imbalanced and disconnected. Try to edit the video to match the music.

A lot of times in music there are some incredible things that happen audibly, if you match the visuals to the audio you can enhance that tenfold.

One thing to have great music is to edit your video to the beat, but when you have sounds of the forest, or you have the ambient noises of cars drilling, or you have that egg cracking, typing, shuffling of cards, paper being ripped, it doesn’t matter when you have those extra ambient sound effects on top of the great music and great footage.

It’s the full package, it’s the full experience. There are things that are often overlooked but having proper sound effects makes all the difference.

You will have a much better result you’re shooting something random and mundane or normal, the task can sound a lot better when you have good rich audio to it.

4.  Learning Your Software

global internet connection


Look up tutorials, watch different videos, or attend seminars. Do everything you can to learn that software.

It will be going to help you when you’re shooting in the field, it means that you want to plan those shots ahead of time but you know how you’re going to edit them.

So if you’re going to film your friend walking by the screen and then you’re going to do a transition that masks him out into the next clip for example, then you’re going to shoot accordingly.

This way you can bring them into your editor and then edit that transition to make it actually come to life.

Now if you don’t know how to do that kind of stuff in your editing software, you might not know that you need to shoot those clips ahead of time.

If you have a mistake, maybe something happened like you forgot to pan up and pan down, zoom in and out, you can do that in your editing software.

Know you’re editing software as best as you possibly can and this skill aside from a camera will really help.

Learn that software, just get into it, dive in, lock the door, crack a red bull, and just go!


5. Keep Your Editing Simple

editing videos of cat and dogs


Trying out different effects can be fun during the video editing process, but don’t go too crazy. A simple, clean editing style generally looks most professional. A few things you should be sure to do during the editing stage include:

  • Clean up any background noise.
  • Adjusting the light to get the desired result.
  • Cutting out awkward pauses and silences.
  • Adding simple background music and transitions.

6. Motion

dancers in theater pointing up


This probably one of the most overlooked things by people who are just starting or beginners.

A lot of people will just set their camera up on a tripod, film whatever is they need to film, and then move to the next shot, but then you’re left with a sequence of static still shots.

If you’re filming an event a lot of people just throw the camera on the tripod, they hit record and record for five minutes, they move the tripod somewhere else, hit record again, but you’re really not filming anything. You’re not inviting us into that atmosphere.

Motion in shots is so important, it could be the most mundane things but if the cameras moving, it’s helping you move the story along.

More emotion is going to give you, more cinematic results. When you have moving shots, it looks like you put more work into it. The results are definitely a massive improvement over someone that just puts the camera on a tripod.


7. Time of Day and Location

lady in the woods with clock

If you have an incredible landscape in front of you or you’re standing at the outlook over the Golden Gate Bridge, yes that’s what is just going to look good apparently because where you are is just insane magical landscape looks incredible.

However, these rules still apply even if you’re just shooting in your own office. The angle of those shots in those locations is important as well.

The time of day is also very important. The best times of a day to shoot is early in the morning or in the evenings to later at night.

The light is usually the softest at this time of the day. The Sun hasn’t come all the way up, the light isn’t harsh yet. The colors are usually really nice and in the evening you get that nice sunset, you’ve got Golden Hour right after sunset where that residual light is still kind of illuminating the sky.

You’re not going to have any shadows but the colors you’re going to get are going to pop significantly better than they would if you were shooting at 12 o’clock or 1:00 p.m. on a really sunny da