TheGoPro brand is synonymous with the action cameras. Whether you use it daily or occasionally, many of you probably have one model or another sitting around the house. Even though GoPro’s point-and-shoot simplicity makes it easy to use, there are plenty of extra tricks you can learn to take your filmmaking to the next level.
1) Do a test run
If your helmet is blocking 90 percent of your GoPro’s field of view, you’ll want to know about it as early as possible, not after you’ve been out kayaking for five hours. If you’re using a GoPro without a built-in LED display, then do a short test run and review it.
If you’re using a camera without an integrated screen, then the GoPro apps for Android and iOS can be a huge help, enabling you to preview the field of view and direction of the camera before filming starts. Instructions for connecting phone to camera are available inside the app.
2) Change the field of view
GoPros are known for their wide-angle lenses, but a 170-degree field of view (FOV) isn’t the right perspective every time. Some models give you a choice of FOV at certain resolutions, so there’s the option of switching to medium (127 degrees) or narrow (90 degrees) if needed.
You don’t need to be an Oscar-winning movie director to understand the basics of FOV and how a narrower setting can give you a more focussed look at the action, almost like zooming in. The FOV option is on the main video settings screen on the GoPro itself.
3) Pull out photos from your best video clips