You’ve finally convinced yourself in throwing out your old videocam and getting a GoPro. Congratulations! Are you ready to make the most of it? Well, seeing hundreds of mind-blowing videos online can be nerve wrecking especially if your friends look like pros using their GoPros and going to forums might give you a breakdown with all the technical jargon. That said, there are some nifty tricks and tips that you can follow to make the best out of your cam.
Get the Right Accessories
One of the important things to make your cam work for you is to choose the right accessories. There are literally hundreds of accessories out in the market today that you can choose from but the most important one is to get yourself a mount. Mounts can come in lots of varieties as you can buy a helmet, chest type or a tripod. Mounts are important as they keep the camera stable so you are able to produce smooth shots and the desired activities that you want. Helmet mounts are perfect for those POV shots and angles that might be too impossible for a regular camera to capture.
Another accessory that you should have are the filters. Filters can alter different photos or videos and can drastically improve your end product. Some of the filters can be expensive so look for one that you think you would likely use often. Another thing to keep in mind is to choose a waterproof one in case you suddenly feel the urge to take a dive.
Adjust the Menu Settings
Mucking the settings on your GoPro can lead to disastrous ends or to new and exciting beginnings. The automatic settings are there to help beginners use their video cameras easier. That said, adjusting the settings can also help you get just the perfect lighting or exposure that you are aiming for. Different resolutions work for different situations so trial and error is always present.
If you have the Hero4 Black or Silver, then you can use the advanced mode Protune to help you adjust the settings like the ISO or balance that you prefer. You can get neutral picture profiles as well as different color grades to make your photos or videos just the way you like.
Another great way to get the best out of the GoPro is to download apps that are also compatible with your smartphone. Some apps allow you to preview the framing or control the settings so you don’t have to remove your camera just to adjust the setting.