Conceptualizing tourist videography

Dinhopl, Anja and Gretzel, Ulrike (2016) Conceptualizing tourist videography. Information Technology and Tourism, 15 4: 395-410. doi:10.1007/s40558-015-0039-7

Author Dinhopl, Anja
Gretzel, Ulrike
Title Conceptualizing tourist videography
Journal name Information Technology and Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1943-4294
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s40558-015-0039-7
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 15
Issue 4
Start page 395
End page 410
Total pages 16
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Tourists increasingly record video during their vacations. By introducing tourist videography as a distinct practice from tourist photography, this conceptual article starts to develop the foundation for a theory of tourist videography. It contributes to the literature on visual culture in tourism by exploring the differences related to the technology as well as in the social practices of (re)presentation between tourist photography and videography. The key technological differences are displays of visual continuity and multiple moments in time, multiplicity of cues (audio-visual), and ability to show motion. The article emphasizes the ability of new recording equipment—specifically, wearable cameras and drones—to film from different perspectives. Videography’s key differences in social practices are high-profile editing, the concept of digital distance, the idea of storytelling inherent in the media form and the emphasis on tourist activities rather than destinations. The paper further conceptualizes videography’s impact on the structure of tourist experiences. The key differences in mediation are tourists’ increased immersion in the experience, continuous interaction with the screen, ongoing performativity and collapse of the linearity of the tourist experience. Besides outlining future research needs, this article presents practical examples and emphasizes implications for experience design, site management, and marketing related to tourist videography in order to highlight the practical relevance of the developed theoretical differences.
Keyword Technology-mediated experience
Tourist photography
Tourist videography
Touristic practices
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 27 November 2015

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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