Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Car and Motorcycle Mounts
Illustration by John Hersey

Video: Packing for the shoot

Jim, I'm a big fan of pre-production, making sure we have things before we show up on the day of the shoot. You and I actually got together yesterday and went through all of the equipment. What are some of the thoughts that go through your brain? You know, obviously, one idea is, just bring everything. You'll be completely prepared. But that's not always practical, is it? >> No, I mean again, I've accumulated so many little tricks and things over the years to solve all these little problems with little cameras and other ones as well. It's very unlikely on most things I do that I can load up all of my kits and be ready for any kind of situation.

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1h 28m Intermediate Jun 24, 2014

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GoPro HERO cameras are compact, durable, and versatile—and they love road trips! With various mounts and housings, you can attach a GoPro to the outside of a car, motorcycle, or anywhere else your imagination leads you. Shoot dramatic on-the-go footage, capture the action of a race, or shoot a time-lapse movie that enables your audience to travel hundreds of miles in a few minutes.

In this course, Richard Harrington and Jim Ball detail the tools and techniques for shooting mobile video with a vehicle-mounted GoPro. They'll explore the mounting and housing options and compare mounting locations: both inside and outside a car, on various spots on a motorcycle—or even directly on the rider. Plus, learn how to set up your GoPro settings to best capture video and still photography on the go.

Topics include:
  • Packing for a GoPro shoot
  • Following proper safety precautions
  • Choosing a frame size and rate
  • Shooting time lapse
  • Attaching a GoPro to a motorcycle, car, or driver
  • Getting multiple, unique angles
  • Reducing camera shake
Subjects:
Photography Video
Software:
GoPro
Author:
Richard Harrington

Packing for the shoot

Jim, I'm a big fan of pre-production, making sure we have things before we show up on the day of the shoot. You and I actually got together yesterday and went through all of the equipment. What are some of the thoughts that go through your brain? You know, obviously, one idea is, just bring everything. You'll be completely prepared. But that's not always practical, is it? >> No, I mean again, I've accumulated so many little tricks and things over the years to solve all these little problems with little cameras and other ones as well. It's very unlikely on most things I do that I can load up all of my kits and be ready for any kind of situation.

So you have to do a little thinking in advance as to what the possibilities are of rigging these cameras on the particular shoot that you're on. >> You may have, you know, physical constraints of how much gear you could ship someplace. It's important that you work your way through it. A couple of other things we did before today? We made sure that all the cameras firmware was completely up to date. Jim, why is it important to make sure that your cameras match from a firmware setting, and also just technical settings? >> It's always good to start from a common denominator with all of your gear, because you don't know when you're going to grab which camera or what situation you're going to be in out there.

I mean, hopefully you have some idea, but surprises happen. So whether it's firmware, or you know, the particular frame rate, or whatever, whatever settings in the camera rigging that you bring, you want to make sure that it's routine. Routine is everything. So when you grab it, you're not really thinking about too many technical things, and you're more focused on creative endeavors when you're making the shots. >> We did all of our homework yesterday. We went through all our gear. We did pack a bit heavy for this shoot, because we're going to show you both the free end, the stuff that comes with the GoPro, to some mid range solutions, to higher end solutions.

So we brought more gear than we probably normally would. But we still left some things back in the studio. What we didn't leave back in the studio though, was the fact that we made sure all the batteries were charged, we had all the cables we needed. And these are the things that can derail a shoot. So make sure you put the pre-production in. I mean, even yesterday Jim, you were playing with the tinker toys. You were building out rigs and making sure you felt comfortable with all the gear. because, you don't want surprises right? >> Yeah, I mean, usually, especially with these cameras, they're somewhat of a secondary choice in your normal shoot day.

You probably have, you know, maybe a primary camera or, or, things that are more conventional in terms of shooting. So chances are you're not going to have a whole lot of time to mess around with these cameras. They usually go in at the last minute. And they, and they usually are the last thing that go in, into your set up. So, you want to think about this stuff ahead of time. Pre-rig, pre-visualize as much as you can, what the possibilities may be, whether it's the day before or the morning. >> One of those other things that's really important, we're going to talk about next is power.

Because without power you can't shoot.

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