Basic Operation of a Go Pro Camera

The GoPro camera provides a dynamic approach to film making. Not only is it durable and affordable, but it also comes with features that were once considered fanciful wish list items just a few years ago. The camera is waterproof, can be mounted on just about anything, and has the ability to capture expansive video scenes of up to 170 degrees. If you are still wondering how to make the most of your GoPro, this guide will show you the basic operation.

Getting started

*Remove the camera from the package. Take great care to avoid damaging the camera or mount by ripping it out.

*Set the correct date and time. You don’t want your camera looking like the modern version of a blinking VCR.

*Download your GoPro application from This allows you to control the camera using your smartphone.

*Use a relatively fast media card. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to shoot video with a card that pauses every now and then because it is not fast enough. A good rule of thumb is to use a class-10 card or faster.

Recording your GOPro masterpiece

Shooting with a GoPro is extremely fun. However, if you don’t know how the camera works, it can really dampen your moviemaking spirit. Here is what to observe when shooting:

*Activate the GoPro App. Without this, you won’t be able to see what you are recording, and your ability to control the camera may also be compromised – especially when you’ve mounted it on something far away, like a surfboard.

*Watch out for lens flare. Sunlight during sunny days can hit the lens and cause flare. Be mindful of this.

*Watch those angles. The wide angle lens in GoPros also comes with image distortion. To keep this under control, maintain the back of the camera perpendicularly to the scene (unless, of course, you’re aiming to capture distortion in your shot).

*Keep your lens clean. Always keep your GoPro camera in its case if you want to use it for a long while. The
lens area should be clean at all times too.

*Double check your settings. Make a point of adjusting your settings for every new shoot. Open the GoPro app and ensure the current settings suit your requirements for the present shot. Additionally, make sure you are using the correct mode.

*Take various healthy shots. A movie is more of a collection of clips that blend together nicely as opposed to a single clip. Shoot different variations of every shot. Do not shy away from being creative – stick your GoPro camera in unusual places for unique angles, like attaching your camera to a shovel through a roll bar

Overall, look for fascinating composition. This will require some playing around with mounts and different scenes to find the most suitable ones.

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