There’s a reason why the Go Pro is my go-to camera. I love how versatile it is and its easy capability of getting great action shots that show how much fun I have in the water.
Here are 3 tips (based on my personal experience) for getting the most out of your GoPro.
Use the proper equipment: I’ve lost my fair share of GoPros to the ocean because I wasn’t using the right equipment. What you absolutely NEED when taking your camera into the water is some sort of floaty; whether it’s glued on to the back of your housing or mounted on a pole that floats. This is key. This is what my set-up looks like: a mouth mount if I’m short boarding or if the waves are bigger, and a floating pole for long boarding smaller sized waves. I’ve used the GoPro Hero 4 black, Hero 5 black, and now use the Hero 6 black. The cool thing about the GoPro 5 and 6 is that they’re waterproof in it of itself, so a housing isn’t required. That being said, I still put my camera in a housing with some sort of floating mechanism. Trust me, there’s no worse feeling than losing your GoPro to the dark depth of the sea.
Also, be conscious of having water droplets on the screen. I usually lick the screen and dip it in water frequently to make sure my image won’t have any distortion from pesky drops.
Shot on GoPro hero 4
Shoot with the right settings: When shooting hand-held surf photos, I like to put my GoPro on Photo Time Lapse Mode at a 0.5 second interval. This setting makes sure you don’t miss a moment! However, when I’m taking a photo of something static (like a floating photo or how the sunset looks over the ocean), I shoot in “Single photo” mode, as I’ve found this method shoots the highest quality photo. If shooting with a GoPro 5 or 6, set the view to “Super Wide” to capture the action. If not shooting action, “Linear” mode is my go-to.
Shot on GoPro Hero 5
Burst mode is great for capturing jumping mid-air and for adding an over/under perspective to underwater photos.
Shot on GoPro Hero 6
Editing is your best friend: I use the VSCO and SnapSeed apps on my iPhone to really bring my GoPro photos to life. A little horizon straightening and color correction goes a long way.
And there you have it! Now get out there and have fun!