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Go Pro with your GoPro: 5 Ways to Get The Most Out Of Your Action Camera

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GoPro is the Google of action cameras. Heading out on your bike? GoPro it. Taking to the slopes? GoPro it. GoPros can be attached to virtually anything and record high-quality videos in pretty much any environment. If you’re new to filming your adventures for the world to see, here are five tips to help you turn out slick footage.

1. Mount it, but maybe not on a helmet

A GoPro is only as good as its mount. To record footage that’s worth uploading, you’re going to need stabilise your camera. The type of mount you should use depends on what you’re doing. Chest mounts or selfie stick poles tend to be the best option for the majority of activities. Both offer a stable home for your camera and can be well positioned for accurate framing. For cycling, clamping a mount to bike handlebars will give the viewer a truer sense of what it’s like to be on the bike. Unless you have a neck like a tree trunk, avoid using a helmet mount in any activity that involves a lot of upper-body motion – snowboarding or BMXing , for example.

2. Frame it right, film it right

For slow motion footage, set your GoPro to 60fps, minimum. This will allow you to slow down the footage during editing and maintain slick looking video. For regular video, keep the frame rate at 24-30fps. This will produce quality footage without impacting too greatly on your memory card. Speaking of memory cards, buy the best you can afford, preferably SanDisk. GoPro has put together this list of micro-SD cards that work best with specific cameras.

When filming, try to shoot from as many angles as possible – editing videos will be more interesting this way. Being able to cut to different angles gives the viewer more perspective, thus keeping them engaged throughout. Film mostly in 720p too – this is good enough quality for most devices and better on memory / battery life.

If you’re filming people or animals, use the wide-angle fish eye lens to get up close, while still fitting a lot into the frame. Avoid the fish eye lens when filming from afar; anything more than two feet away tends to look too distant. For full body shots, try to keep the camera pointed at the hips or thighs –it takes practice, but you’ll get there.

3. Get the light right - settings are your friend

GoPros are built for good, consistent light conditions. Take them out of their comfort zone and it becomes difficult to maintain the same level of visual information. When operating in low light, the Low Light setting does a good job of allowing you to record decent footage by automatically altering the frame rate based on surrounding lighting conditions.

If it’s brightness you need, go into your settings and set the ISO to a higher number. However, with increased brightness come noise and noise results in a lower quality of picture – something you’ll need to bear in mind when tinkering around.

Within the settings there’s also an option called ‘Spot Metering’. This uses the information from the centre of the frame to achieve the right settings and can be handy if filming inside of a car, with the camera pointing out of the window.

4. Use an external microphone

The in-built microphone on the GoPro can often muffle sounds, especially when filming outdoors. If you intend to have people talking in your videos or need to pick up specific sounds, invest in an external microphone that can be mounted to the top of the GoPro. Sound can be easily synced up in post-production using GoPro Studio.

5. Keep spare batteries

GoPro batteries drain fast. Especially fast in cold conditions. Always travel with at least two extra (fully charged) batteries. 

gopro-tips

GoPro is the Google of action cameras. Heading out on your bike? GoPro it. Taking to the slopes? GoPro it. GoPros can be attached to virtually anything and record high-quality videos in pretty much any environment. If you’re new to filming your adventures for the world to see, here are five tips to help you turn out slick footage.

1. Mount


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