The GoPro can be an incredible resource for the active photographer. But you don’t have to be an astronaut or adventure seeker to make the most of what this wide angle wonder can do.
Keep these GoPro Hero photography tips in mind and you can create some pretty amazing pictures with very little effort.
GoPro Hero Photography Tips:
- Be aware that in bright day light conditions the sky can easily be overexposed. Keep this in mind and compose your shot with minimal sky to avoid large white areas in your pictures. Or, expose more for the sky but know that what lies beneath may be underexposed.
- When using the GoPro as a street camera you probably don’t want to put it in any of its many casings and accessories because the additional bulk that stuff creates will negate the fact that the camera is small and inconspicuous. That said, if it’s raining, put your GoPro in its water-proof case and shoot with confidence knowing that your camera is well protected.
- Forget zooming in. Using your GoPro on the street will force you to get closer to your subject. You’ll be surprised how close you can (and need to) get to your subject with the GoPro.
- When taking pictures of people, a good rule of thumb is to stay arms-length away. If you get closer than that the fish eye lens will distort people’s faces. But that can be a fun thing too.
- Because the GoPro has such a wide angle watch your fingers and toes to make sure they don’t accidentally end up in the shot. Assume anything in front of the camera is within the GoPro’s frame.
- On a similar note, pay close attention to your shadow during the morning and evening hours when shadows are long. If you are not careful, your shadow will easily be captured by your GoPro.
- The GoPro is great for landscape photography. Try to keep the horizon line in the center of the frame to avoid showing the curvature of the Earth.
- You will not be able to control the exposure for your pictures. Everything is automatic with the GoPro.
- When you are shooting with a naked GoPro keep in mind that the lens is exposed. Keep it clean.