Shooting Tips

Diving

Fins, Mask, Tank, …Go Pro OK, OK, OK

Ready to take the plunge and make a Pro Scuba video, here are our few expert tips to shoot your diving videos:

Your battery is likely to run out in an hour-so make sure you make a mental record of what you need to shoot. Remember to put off the camera after you are done taking your shot. Very often you end up losing the best shots beecuase your camera continued to stay on.

A great shot to begin with is taking a selfie as you do the back flip into the water.

The GoPro helps you get close, really close to your subject while scuba diving. So while shooting marine life or selfies under water, stay at arm’s length to avoid distortions. Unless that’s the intention ?

Make dive buddy your best friend and gopher if you are planning on directing your scuba diving video. Make your own hand signals so that he understands where to shine the light, pirouette under water or whatever floats your boat to make the video look like fun.

Make sure you use a Floaty Backdoor. If you lose it in Miami it will definitely surface in the Maldives. And that ladies and gentlemen, is one way to make your videos go viral.

Use the right filter for the right depth. By that we mean a light filter and not a water filter. The sea is consistently salty irrespective of the depth.

Your GoPro Camera Settings, Diving

Set screen resolution to 720 for YouTube and commonly used Large screen TVS. Only if you are looking to screen it in cinemas – would you want to shoot in 1080p or higher.

Set frame rate at 25fps. That should ensure smooth playback. You only need higher fps setting if you intend to play it back in slow mo. When you are diving, life doesn’t get any mo slow down there.

Higher settings like the 2.7K resolution camera setting means that you can run image stabilizations, and reframe or crop your footage. Quite painlessly we may add.

Want to check out the entire scene first? Turn Spot mode OFF and let the camera do its job.

Recommended Camera
GoPro Hero 3+
GoPro Hero4
SJP 4000
Recommended Mounts / Accessories
Scuba Underwater Housing (Critical)
Anti-fog inserts (Important)
Red Filter (Important)
Pole Mount
Floaty Back door
Bobber
Tether thread
Wrist Mount

Here is a checklist of shot that our creative directors recommend that makes for a complete diving video. Make sure you do not shoot long clips unless absolutely necessary.

1. Equipment shots-Tank pressure, wet suit being pulled up, Fins

2. Buddy checks

3. Selfie shot of entering water

4. Shot of boat and others jumping into the water

4. Keep camera just below the surface positioned to capture your buddy jumping into the water

5. Capture descent

6. Sea life as seen. Establish its ambient setting before you go too close and isolate it on frame

7. People observing sea life

8. Try and have a buddy in frame as a reference to size when shooting large sea creatures or a finger pointing to an unusually tiny sea horse.

Please feel free to add to these tips by using the comment box below

White water rafting
Whether it’s the mighty Brahmaputra or the furious Zambezi, give your rafting videos a shot of adrenaline.

So go on, feel the rush.

Here’s our expert Rafting tip:

If your subject is in the shade, compose your shots so that you avoid the sky as much as possible. That way you avoid getting an exposure that’s all white sky.

There are mounts and then there’s the Surfboard mount. Tethering this to your raft/ surfboard/ kayaks ensures minimal vibrations for that epic video.

Don’t forget the Floaty Backdoor-this nifty li’l flotation device is great for all water-based activity.

Helmet mounts can be really awesome for catching the light at the end of that tunnel.

Your GoPro Camera Settings-Rafting

Not a video editor? No problem! Here’s how you can get the best out of your rafting experience with these GoPro camera settings:

Run your GoPro in 1080/60 or 48 Wide or Med FOV. The Medium setting especially has less distortions. Important with all that splashing of water!

If you do have some video editing skills, then use a fast frame rate since you’ll have lots of water splashes. These look cool when slowed down.

Select Camera
GoPro Hero 3+
GoPro Hero4
SJP 4000
Recommended Mounts / Accessories
Scuba Underwater Housing (Critical)
Red Filter (Important)
Pole Mount
Head Mount
Cycling
Welcome to the ride of your life.

A ride around the neighbourhood or your own Tour de France; on the road or off it, there’s a reason GoPro loves cyclists. A whole range of options for accessories and mounts for different parts of the bike ensures that even the most varied of terrains can have a unique point of view.

Here are our few expert Cycling tips

Handlebar/ Seat/ Pole mounts are great for that handheld ‘boom’ footage. The best part is that they can be attached even to smaller diameter tubes. These mounts come with a 3-Way Pivot Arm so you can adjust the angle. Get that perfect shot every time.

Right or left, it’s all right, with the Side mount. Attach your GoPro to the side of your helmet or bike and get a variety of shots and angles.

Helmet mounts can be really awesome for catching the light at the end of that tunnel.

Your GoPro Camera Settings-Cycling

Don’t underestimate your GoPro. It’s a nifty, yet really versatile little HD camera. Here’s how you can get the best out of it with the appropriate camera settings:

Run the Hero3 Black in 1080p 60fps wide mode and we’ll tell you why. These settings allow you to put your footage in your editing software and it will playback in slow motion.

The 2.7K resolution camera setting means that you can run image stabilizations, and reframe or crop your footage. Quite painlessly we may add.

Want to check out the entire scene first? Turn Spot mode OFF and let the camera do its job.

Select Camera
GoPro Hero 3+
GoPro Hero4
Recommended Mounts / Accessories
Handlebar mount
Side mount
Seat post
Red Filter
Pole Mount
Head/Helmet Mount
Surfing
Go on then, here’s your chance to make a splash.

Channel your inner Kelly Slater,with the wide range of options for the surfer geek in you.With several accessories to choose from -all tested by the best of the best- you can get everything you need to test the waters. Attach these cool guys to your wrist, your surfboard or just about anywhere. And the world will see you in a new angle.

Here are our few expert Surfing tips:

Wrist housing-Is it a watch? Noooo, it’s just the Wrist Housing that allows you to strap the camera on to your wrist-or even your paddle. It’s waterproof too. So you’re hands-free and shooting like a pro.

Perfect for surfing, The Handler (or Floaty hand grip) allows you to keep your camera afloat, while getting a good grip on it. Like a selfie stick, but way cooler. Cos its non-slip AND waterproof.

There are mounts and then there’s the Surfboard mount. Tethering this to your raft/ surfboard/ kayaks ensures minimal vibrations for that epic video.

Don’t forget the Floaty Backdoor-this nifty li’l flotation device is great for all water-based activity.

Your GoPro Camera Settings-Surfing

The GoPro camera settings give you loads of options. They may be technical, but boy what they can do for you!

Take the ‘Burst photo setting’-this allows you to take multiple images in the space of a second allowing you to capture a fast maneuveras a series of photographic stills.

Then there’s the Timelapse settings that allow you to take a series of pictures over set time intervals. If those are not enough, then there are all these video resolution settings. You will see options of filming in 720p, 1080p and 4k. Don’t get confused; these numbers refer to the resolution and number of pixels. Technical yes, but the more you fool around with your settings the more cool will your creative be.

Select Camera
GoPro Hero 3+
GoPro Hero4
Recommended Mounts / Accessories
Wrist housing
Floaty backdoor
Seat post
Surfboard mount
Motorbike expeditions
Ready to rev up your life?

You may have the biker jacket, boots, and helmets, but to really pimp your ride what you need is the GoPro range of tried and tested accessories. Every rider has a unique relationship with her/his bike. So allow these babies the pleasure of narrating your story.

Here are our few expert biking tips:

Right or left, it’s all right, with the Side mount. Attach your GoPro to the side of your helmet or bike and get a variety of shots and angles.

Helmet mounts are awesome for catching front footage or even for selfies and self-portraits.

For long rides, attach the Roll Bar mount to your engine guard and let the camera do the rest.

Your GoPro Camera Settings-Motorbike expeditions

A lot depends on what you want to use your GoPro for-is it just to capture your ride or are you planning to impress your friends? Either way, we feel the best camera for the job, of course, is the Hero3 line, in particular, the Black Edition of the Hero3 camera. It’s smaller and lighter than the older models.

There are several video settings options available-4K cinema 15 fps, 2.7K cinema 30 fps, 1440p 48 fps

1080p 60 fps, 960p 100 fps and 720p 120 fps. You can tailor the resolution of the camera settings for your presentation or production.

If you are looking at a photo slideshow or gallery type presentation, you can also set the Hero3 into a 12MP camera mode. Worried about not getting the exact shot? Then use the 30fps burst mode. Where speed can reduce even a second to a loooong time.

Select Camera
GoPro Hero 3+
GoPro Hero4
Recommended Mounts / Accessories
Side mount
Helmet mount
Roll bar mount
Bungee jumping
1-2-3-JUMP!

What do you think about when you take that leap of faith? Worry not, cos the GoPro and all his friends will be there to capture every moment of that for you. So whether it’s off a bridge, or a tower, you can bungee in peace and let our awesome bungee bundle do the rest.

Here are our few expert bungee tips:

Wrist housing-Is it a watch? Noooo, it’s just the Wrist Housing that allows you to strap the camera on to your wrist. So you’re hands-free and shooting like a pro.

Helmet mounts are awesome for catching front footage or even for selfies and self-portraits.

When you want a view that’s lower than your helmet, well, the Chesty (chest harness) is perfect. Strap up and jump.

Your GoPro Camera Settings-Bungee jumping

The variety of camera settings options available can be more mind-boggling than your actual jump! But don’t get alarmed with all the 130+ filming options ?

First, Aspect Ratio- we suggest keeping a 16:9 aspect ratio. This makes the footage easy for other to use without much fooling around in an editing studio.

FRAMES PER SECOND (FPS) – Standard video is at roughly 30 frames per second. So if you shoot at 120fps, that means that all those graceful moments of clothes flapping, and jumpee screaming can play back in 1/4 of the actual speed. Read = Super. Slow. Mo.

You’re welcome ?

Select Camera
GoPro Hero 3+
GoPro Hero4
Recommended Mounts / Accessories
Wrist housing
Helmet mount
Chesty (chest harness)
Music concerts
Go on then, get your freak on.

All the world can certainly be your stage when you have the GoPro on your side. There’s a wide range of options for the music buff in you. Attach these rock star gizmos to your guitar, the mike stand, or just about anywhere. It’s a performance you don’t want to miss.

Here’s how to capture the perfect concert shots:

Jaws clamp makes for interesting perspectives when mounted on a guitar neck or on the cymbals

Tripod pole mount: Ensures your video is rock steady.

Roll bar mount comes handy should you want to mount it next to the mic. Make sure the lead singer has flossed.

If you are shooting along with audio make sure you use the Touch Back Door as no sound is recorded by the casing. Remember we want hi def… not deaf.

Your GoPro Camera Settings-Music concerts

At a music concert, set your camera to a low frame rate. Not more than 30fps. Less grain, more light. That’s what you’re looking for.

If you have a vantage point and can aim the camera directly at the stage, you should you spot meter. If you aim slightly off the stage, the camera sees a ‘dark spot’ and the stage will be very overexposed.

If you are a distance away from the stage and have an LCD BacPac to help you center the stage in the shot, then go for Spot Metering.

Other camera settings
1080p narrow
ProTune
LED off
Wireless off
Wireless off
Select Camera
GoPro Hero 3+
GoPro Hero4
Select Mounts/ Accessories
Jaw clamp
Tripod pole mount
Roll bar mount
Touch Back Door