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This mainly applies to video, but the principles are universal. When you begin a project, think about the story you want to tell in terms of a beginning, middle and end. This will save you tons of time when you go to edit what you've shot. When a story is truly directed from the beginning it can be far more powerful.
First, introduce yourself, and talk about what you're about to do. Then, capture the activity from multiple angles. Finally, show the result. One more thing: Plan for the unexpected. If you leave the camera running in between takes, you'll capture those unplanned moments that set your story apart.
Think of the best way or angle to capture what you're doing. What's the best mount to use? Does this angle help complete the story, or give the viewer a reference point? Will people be able to understand what you're doing? For a real advantage, try using the GoPro App or LCD Touch BacPac to frame your shot.
This ultra-versatile mount opens up a world of possibilities. Use it as a camera grip, extension arm or tripod, depending on the environment and the shot you want to capture. The extension arm is perfect for follow-cam, and makes it easy to capture selfies without the mount appearing in the shot.
The Chesty makes it easy to capture immersive video and photos from, well … your chest. It's perfect for skiing, mountain biking, motocross, paddle sports or any activity where you want a more engaging, lower-than-the-helmet view of the action. You'll capture more of your arms, knees, poles and skis while skiing—and more of your arms and handlebars while biking or riding your motorcycle. Fully adjustable to fit a wide range of adult sizes. The Junior Chesty is available for kids and adolescents.
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Some of the best GoPro videos use Time Lapse photo sequences to set the stage for the action to come. To capture fast-action sequences, use a shorter time interval (like 0.5 or 1 second) to snag the best moments. For longer events, like cruising around crowded city streets, try a longer interval such as 5 seconds.
One thing to remember: Time Lapse sequences don't have to take all day. Using 20 minutes of photos in a 30-second clip can be just as powerful as 24 hours of photos.
This can seem hard at first, but it's pretty simple. Remember, aspect ratio and video resolution go hand in hand. We recommend choosing your aspect ratio first, then select from the resolutions that produce that aspect ratio. When deciding on a resolution, another important question is: How will you view and share the content you capture?
For quick playback and sharing on your mobile device, or uploading to social networks, go for a lower resolution like 720p. For more professional productions and videos you plan to submit to the GoPro Awards, choose a higher resolution such as 4K, 2.7K or 1080p.
When in doubt, use:
Frame rate, or frame per second (fps), means the speed at which the video is recorded–specifically, the number of video frames recorded per second. Choosing the right frame rate depends on a few things, including the lighting conditions, the type of shot and whether you want to play back what you captured in slow motion. Generally speaking, choose the highest possible frame rate for the lighting conditions.