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Old 04-04-2013, 11:16 AM
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GoPro Usage

Do you use a GoPro camera on any of your outdoor excursions? If so, please share any particulars (and/or tips) regarding your application and methodology.

Thanks for your participation.

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Old 04-06-2013, 02:33 PM
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I've been using GoPro cameras for a few years now. I'm starting to include them more often in my outdoor (photo/video) activities, so I'm taking my methodology a little more seriously.

When setting out to do some GoPro-specific "filming," my present plan is to have two camera setups: a GoPro for wet and/or non-audio shooting and another camera for dry shooting that involves audio.

For wet GoPro video, I simply mix in audio (voice, music) when editing.

One of the reasons for two rigs has to do with my past experiences. For example, I may be shooting GoPro video at and/or in the ocean or in a mountain stream/lake, using the waterproof housing. Then I may jump at an opportunity to capture some other candid (dry) activity that requires sound and consequently get poor audio quality because I didn't change the GoPro's housing door (for better microphone access).

I don't like changing the housing (door) back and forth from waterproof to non-waterproof (mic vented), because it's easy to accidentally use the vented door in the water - thereby destroying the camera. I realize that there are ways to mark the housing (e.g. color/paint, labels,...), but if I'm going to be doing both wet and dry shooting, I might as well take two cameras. [Note: If I didn't have two cameras, I'd certainly use a marking option.]

I'm currently using a Quik Pod DSLR/POV or a Quik Pod Explorer II to include myself (et al) in the photo/video, to shoot from a variety of angles, and for underwater shooting. It also helps to stabilize the camera for producing non-shaky video. The Quik Pod has quick release adapter options for standard cameras, GoPro cameras, and smartphones.

I like to use the GoPro on some outdoor excursions because it's waterproof (for rain and underwater shooting), it captures a very wide angle, it's compact, and lightweight. It's also a cinch to shoot time lapse video (e.g. sun rising/setting, stars, shelter pitch/strike,...).

By the way, I'll make an effort to share some footage sometime in the near future.

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Old 12-04-2013, 01:49 PM
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Thought I would resurrect this thread!

I was just given a GoPro Hero3 for my birthday and am obsessed! I can't wait to take it backpacking with me.

Does anyone else use one? What kind of mounts do you use? Any advice on framing good shots?

I would love it if someone had a backpacking video shot with a GoPro they would share!
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