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Making vertical footage look good in YouTube

Today I wanted to kick off with explaining how to make your portrait videos look better in a YouTube clip.

Getting that dynamic blurry background.

You probably shot your portrait video on your mobile phone for IG stories or snapchat.

Now you want to use it in your vlog on Youtube and you don’t have it in vertical 16.9 format which You Tube uses.

Inserting your portrait clip on your timeline will give you big black line on the sides. Which does look great when you are viewing wide screen footage and the video jumps to a portrait clip. It’s just not visually pleasing.

SO here’s a quick and easy way to edit your portrait clip to get that awesome 16.9 format with blurred background.

Open up and import your video from your phone.

There are couple of ways to do this.

You can Upload to google drive and then download to your PC.

Add your video to your timeline

If you have audio you want to unlink the audio by right clicking

Now select only the video , copy and paste next to it in the timeline

Drag it above the other clip

Now we will work on the bottom clip and make that blurry.

Select and resize to fit your screen, control, transform, increase size

Effects, blur, abstract or Bokeh effect / Gaussian blur

Thats it now you have vertical footage that fits in your Youtube video.

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Barcelona magical sunset

Getting great water shots!


Carnaval in Salvador de Bahia 2017

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4 years running I have watched live streaming TV, every minute that I could stay awake, of Carnaval time in Brazil. Salvador being my favourite! This year we are packing our ruck sacks and going!!!
I love the music and the african vibe in Salvador and its a blockbuster to see musicians like Daniela Mercury, Ivete Sangalo, Saulo, Olodum and so many more.

This is an unbelivable crazy Carnaval with 2.5 million people attending the 7 day street festival. Its the biggest in the world, in a most beautiful old town of Salvador. I have been practising not sleeping. Seriously this is going to be one hellva adventure.
I think it was Daniela Mercury who said ‘At Carnaval if someone stands on your toes, you have to be the one thats says sorry’
Mostly we will be dancing with the crowd called Pipoca (Pipoca = popcorn, love this Brazilian term, just picture people bouncing up and down like exploding popcorn, then you will understand it)

We are staying with a group of friends in a rented appartment in the area called Barra which is a block away from the main circuit Barra/Ondina along the beach. This is so stunning to stay so close to the action. Again I say I dont think I will be sleeping.

So how do you prepare for Carnaval in Salvador de Bahia?

Technical clothing
Your most comfortable used trainers
Sunblock, sunblock and MORE sunblock
sports bra
skimpy tops

sun cream – factor 50
Mobile phone

My training regime to go to Carnaval
Gym time cycling, free wieghts, loads of squats and calisthenics workout thanks to coach Bruno Dos Santos.

So do you tink I am ready?
Its 5 days out and Im laying low and conserving energy!

My Schedule will look like this.

Arrive Tuesday night – drop bags and head out to see artists Saulo and Timbalada.
On Wednesday a very good healthy fruity breakfast, give me mangos and more mangos please! Beach day and a little chill time is planned.

On Thursday 23rd Feb carnaval starts and there is not stopping till post carnaval where we will head out of town and explore the coastline. We are planning to go to a paradise called Ilha de Boipeba or Morro de São Paulo.

Some of my Carnaval highlights are below and full programe here:

Thursday: Wesley Safadão 18:20h
Friday Timbalada:16:45h
Banda Olodum.21:30h
Sábado: Ivete Sangalo: 15:45h
Doming: Olodum 15:15h
Daniela Mercury: 18:45h
Lunes Ivete Sangalo 16:45h
Daniela Mercury: 18:45h

Oh and the food, this will be a whole storey on its own.
Stay tunned for the Carnaval exeprience!
Post Carnavl relax: Ilha de Boipeba or Morro de São Paulo
and food and sights to see in Salvador de Bahia!

You to can be a part of it!

All live coming to you via Facebook, instgram and You Tube. Link in, subscribe to my feeds and watch the spectacular!

Love and hugs!

My Dubai guide

Arriving at 7.30am in Dubai wecleared customs, check in bags at left luggage and got onto the metro 2hours later. I wasn’t in a rush, we had a 15 hour lay over! My plan was to see the beach. I wanted to tick of seeing the gulf coast the famously stylish Buji Al Arab Hotel.
Tanja Kappler Photography Dubai 2016
From Barcelona Emirates flies their new fleet of A380 Airbus. Sleek interior with loads of overhead baggage space. Lots of leg room between the rows and a large LCD TV screen. Plus USB ports to charge your phone or other devices!!when flying into Dubai in the day light you get to see the Arabic desert.

Arrival in Dubai
At Terminal 3 which is exclusively for Emirates flights:Pass through immigration and  go through to the arrival lounge.

Leave your carry on luggage
Exit to your left and find the luggage/lost office. Take a ticket from outside and wait your turn. Things move quite quickly.

Its 30 AED for each item. I left my laptop and felt like they looked after it.

Opening times: Saturday – wed 5.30 to 12.00
Thurs 5.30 -1am, 10-1 Friday  ( Sat & Tues)
After all the reading up and trying to figure it out what was most cost effective we bought the all day ticket which allows unlimited travel.

Or you can pay for single trips if you have a clear itinerary in mind. Rechargeable metro card at the metro counter

You buy the tickets at the info kiosk outside the metro entrance. The person is patient and well informed about travel in the city.

Metro Card costs:
Firstly You buy a card for AED2, then choose the option

  • Day pass for 20 AED –  Unlimited travel for 1 day in all zones
  • Red Nol card top up 10 trips
  • Red Nol single trips

Single red card, the trip cost 0,68 – 1,77 USD = 2.5 – 6.5 AED depending on the distance of travel

Tanja Kappler Buji Al Arab

The Buji Al Arab

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The Surf House

Sunset Beach
Metro to First Gulf Bank station
Exit the metro at First Gulf Bank, across the road is a small shop that servers coffees and pastries. Here I had my first vege Samosa.. I’m into street food and when out in a new city this is what I go for.

From here you can’t cross Sheikh Zayed Road the main highway in Dubai with sometimes up to 6 lanes per direction.
You will need to catch a taxi for the 7.62km which is about a 10 mins ride and will around costs 22 AED (5.63 euro)
For sunset beach, behind Sunset mall right next to Jumeirah beach hotel dreamy views of Buj Al Arab

——-Taxi to dubai mall metro –AED 25 (6euro)
Walk to dubai mall entrance 10 mins, ground floor c
2pm Collect/print tickets

2.30 – 4.30 Buji Kalifa
The Burj Khalifa’s viewing deck closes at 1 AM. However, you can tour the outside of the building and watch the fountains. First fountain show starts at 6pm for 3-5 mins and is every 30 mins
Sunset- 17.30 (sunrise 6.59)
Dubai Tanja Kappler photography 2017
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