5 Ways to Get the Most From Your GoPro
Feel like a nube with your GoPro camera? Here are five tricks to shooting the best footage—next time, you won't miss capturing that sweet wipeout.
Practice, practice, practice
Seems obvious, but you’ll only get that perfect shot on the go if you’re familiar with your GoPro. Take the online tutorial before heading into the field, and get a feel for operating the buttons blind. And don’t assume your angle is working. “The go-to shot would be to stick it on the top of your head,” Chase says, “but it actually doesn't give you much reference to what's going on, and your helmet might cut off a lot of the action.” If you want the most natural POV perspective, Chase recommends mounting the camera to one side of a full-face helmet. And, he says, always have a friend double-check where the camera is actually pointing.
Play the angles
Sticking to one field of view is boring. Chase likes to combine shots mounted from different positions to get a more complete view of what's happening. On a mountain bike, throw in a two-second shot that shows how the suspension is working. Or mount the camera on the back of your board, switch to your helmet, then hold it in your hand, and have your buddy follow you with a second GoPro. "It's good to have a couple of cameras and keep them moving," Chase says. And get creative: duct tape and a ski pole are useful for filming any sport. “Just create your own contraption or whatever it takes to try something new."
Shoot from this hip
The GoPro isn’t just a video camera. You can set it to take a photo every second, ten seconds, sixty seconds. Edit those into your video, or make a timelapse as you’re prepping for your shoot, executing an epic trick, or setting up camp. Chase likes to set his GoPro to snap two photos a second on motorcycle rides, moving the camera around periodically. “You’ll end up throwing away 400 photos, but you’ll get ten photos that are really cool.”