How to use a GoPro properly
It’s never been easier to feel like a adventure seeking, video rock star thanks to todays durable and super versatile mini action cams like those from GoPro. If you already own one of these awesome cameras have you figured out how to use it properly? Most would answer no because these powerful little cameras are packed with bells and whistles so it can take a while to figure out how to get the most out them. Here are a few tips that will help you use your GoPro properly and get the most out of it.
Take the Time to Be Creative
One of the coolest things about GoPro cameras is how easy they make it to get creative, so think outside of the box and try a few things. Adhering to one field of view can get monotonous and is a waste of the camera’s many abilities. Try changing things up a bit by combining shots that you can achieve by mounting in various positions to come up with a more comprehensive view of what’s taking place. For example, on a mountain bike, you could add in a 2 second shot that illustrates how the bike’s suspension is performing. Basically, just get out there and try different shots and mounts; you’ll be surprised by how fast you’ll be able to use your GoPro to capture great action shots.
Know Your Mount
Whether your GoPro is going on your snowboard, skis, mountain bike or helmet, you’ll get the most bang for your buck if you’re familiar with the movements of your mount (s). There’s nothing wrong with jittery film if that’s what you’re going for but not if you didn’t plan it that way. Test your mounts angles and the outcome before you film your shots. Also, the more mount options you try, the better you’ll get as you discover which options work best for any given situation, handling a variety of motions. For example, when you mount your GoPro to your helmet you’ll find that your body’s motions will absorb jolts a lot better than if you mounted the camera to handle bars or boards. All in all, it just takes time and each time you use your GoPro the end results will improve.
Script Your Story
While there’s nothing wrong with “winging it”, if quality is important to you, it’s always better to have a plan. Without direction you’ll never have perfection. The trick is that you want to film something cool, you’ll want to have a mental picture in mind of what you want the end result to be. With some practice, you’ll be able to come up with unique shots that will help connect the dots and direct your narrative, like zooming out from a specific object to capture passing movement, or tossing a Frisbee at the camera, then panning over to different significant action. Not only will scripting your story keep your raw footage grounded and streaming smoothly in between shots, it will also make editing a lot more fun.
Not Just a Video Camera
The GoPro is much more than just a video camera; it can be set up to snap a photo every second, 10 to 60 seconds. You can make your series of photos time lapse, perhaps while you’re setting up the campground, doing a fantastic trick on your skateboard; you get the picture. Using a GoPro this way may mean you’ll end up deleting a lot of photos but you’ll also be left with some that were worth the effort.