Make The Most Out Of Using Your GoPro
by Milvian Prieto
There’s good reason that GoPro is one of the top-selling cameras in the world. Whether you’re hiking through the Alps or snorkeling in the Caribbean, GoPro is the ideal device to capture your adventure. Compact and water-resistant, GoPro is versatile, sleek and loaded with features. Most importantly, it takes top quality photos and videos to bring your experiences back to life.
As an avid traveler, I’ve wanted a GoPro for a long time. Luckily, I recently won a GoPro at a trade show and brought it with me on some trips. While I was very excited to finally have a GoPro, I wasn’t really sure how to make the most of it. But with some research and trial-and-error, I’ve figured out how to make the most of my GoPro. Here’s how you can, too:
Plan Your Story
It’s okay to shoot everything you experience, if you keep composition and lighting in mind. But for videos, lack of direction in storytelling leads to a final product that’s a bit all over the place. Before you set off on an adventure with your GoPro, plan out your story and envision the finished product of your video. When you’re shooting something, aim to have a golden clip that will make the cut into your final product. If you’re really serious about the video, try planning out a storyboard. That will help you imagine the scenes that are central to the visual story you are telling and capture footage that is key to your goal.
There are countless accessories that are easily paired with the GoPro, such as mounts and harnesses. Because the GoPro lends itself so well to action shooting, some accessories are important to purchase, especially if you don’t want to lose your nifty device in the depths of the ocean or while bungee jumping in Cape Town. Don’t skimp: buy the harness! For surfers, there’s a mount that can be placed on your surfboard. If you’re snowboarding, there’s a mount that can placed on your helmet. If you’re running a marathon, there’s a chest harness that can be placed on you to capture a level-headed angle. Using these accessories will help you make the most out of your photos and videos, which you can narrate mid-action.
Use different angles
While taking a photo or video, sticking to the same angle gets tiresome for the viewer Try experimenting with different angles such as close-ups, worm’s eye, bird’s eye, extreme wide shot or mid-close up. There are many angles to experiment with that will make your video project rich with a diversity of shots and angles.
It doesn’t take a professional to make a high quality video. Whether you’re using your GoPro to document your participation in an extreme sport or a night out with friends, take these tips into consideration to make a stellar video with your GoPro.
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