GoPro: My Favorite Tips and Tricks

I’m skipping my normal Friday Favorites post this week to give you a little tutorial on the GoPro.
I got my GoPro for Christmas this year and I was SOOO excited.  I love pictures.  I love taking them and looking at them.  It’s kinda thrilling in a way to see something you took turn out really well.  When it came to running, I wanted a way to document my runs in a really cool way.  My phone was doing ok.  I had an auto timer photo app that would take some pics, but they weren’t very crisp.  Enter the GoPro.  I seriously thought I would only use it for running.  I was SO wrong.  This won’t be a super technical post.  Mainly because it just isn’t necessary with the GoPro.  You can get great shots with a few simple tricks. 
It didn’t take me long to start getting the hang of it and I want to share some of my tips with you.  I get a lot of questions when I post on how I’ve been able to capture some of these shots, and I want you to be able to do the same!
Camera Setting

There is a Timelapse setting on the GoPro.  I have the Hero4 Silver but I believe it’s on older models as well.  You can set the camera to time lapse then set your intervals.  Mine is set on .5 seconds.  This means the camera will take a picture every .5 seconds.  Yes, you end up with a lot of pictures to sort through, but I think it’s your best chance at capturing a really great pic.  It only takes one really good shot.  
Sometimes I use the video but not a lot.  I’ve also played with the photo burst but again, I’ve found the sharpest images from the time lapse.  
I haven’t messed much with the other settings.  I have the camera pretty much set to it’s automatic settings.  I do have the protune on which allows me to set white balance, ISO etc. but this isn’t necessary.  One thing I love about this camera is that leaving it alone is totally ok.  You can make it as easy or as complex as you want.  You don’t have to be a professional photographer to get great Gopro pics.  You just have to know a few tricks.  
When to Use It

So the GoPro is wonderful, but it isn’t for every setting.  For example, a pic of my kids cuddled up on the couch watching a movie is better captured using my Nikon.  It just doesn’t work with the GoPro.  Or, this pic for example.  Nothing special just my post run spot but I took the pic with the GoPro to show you that it really doesn’t do anything for the shot.  
Now, if I’m out running or my kids are playing in the snow, the GoPro is perfect.  The key is knowing when to use it…

I think angle, lighting and background are almost more important than what you are shooting.  I usually prop mine on the ground to get an upward angle.  You can buy all kinds of accessories for your camera.  I have the 3 way stick that I use sometimes but I don’t run with it.  I’d look ridiculous.  Utilizing the sun is huge.  The GoPro can handle the exposure with the sun right there in the back ground and it makes for some really awesome shots.  

So, once I set my camera to time lapse, let it shoot and finish.  I automatically load the pictures to my GoPro App……
Apps



Pay attention.  I think this is the key.  GoPro has an app that you can use to upload all your pics and even use to to shoot with remotely if you choose to.  You enable your wifi and set that up on your camera using the app.  Then, you just turn on your app and it will search for and find your camera and boom, all your pics are there.  I’ll search through and choose the ones I want to keep and save them to a GoPro album.  From there, I load them into Camera+.  This is my favorite app for editing my GoPro pics.  It has a “clarity” button that I push right away for every pic.  It may start out looking like this…
and after I clarify a pic will look more like this….

It just brightens it up a bit.  From there you can choose filters or just edit the existing photo.  I LOVE this app.  I use the HDR filter on a lot of my pics…
I just think it’s awesome.  
So, there you have it.  It’s really so simple and easy to get great pics using your GoPro.  I really thought it would be something I used only for running, but have found I use it as a mom just as often.  It’s fun to capture your kids doing awesome and fun kid things.  You can take it skiing, in the water, to the beach.  The possibilities are endless.  Hope this was helpful for you!  Feel free to comment with any questions you may have or feel free to shoot me an email.  I’ll leave you with some of my favorites from this week of snow!!

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