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Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports

with Richard Harrington

Video: Welcome

Learn how to get great sports footage with a GoPro HERO camera. Learn how to use wrist, chest, and helmet mounts, record interviews, and protect your camera in the process.
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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. What you'll need for this course
      1m 9s
  2. 8m 38s
    1. Visiting the location for a site survey
      1m 1s
    2. Packing for the shoot
      1m 4s
    3. Initial thoughts about the shoot
      1m 20s
    4. Onsite review strategies
      2m 10s
    5. Power-management strategies
      1m 48s
    6. Personal safety and equipment safety
      1m 15s
  3. 8m 8s
    1. Setting the camera's resolution
      2m 0s
    2. Working with capture settings
      2m 21s
    3. Using neutral density filters
      1m 11s
    4. Protecting the cameras
      1m 48s
    5. Protecting the cameras with a cage
  4. 7m 21s
    1. Mounting a camera to the top of the board
      1m 59s
    2. Mounting a camera to the bottom of the board
      2m 21s
    3. Using a protective case
      2m 19s
    4. Safety precautions and risks
  5. 6m 42s
    1. Using chase camera strategies
      1m 1s
    2. Using a Steadicam Smoothee
      2m 1s
    3. Using a Steadicam Curve
      1m 57s
    4. Using a GoPole Grenade Grip
      1m 43s
  6. 6m 1s
    1. Using a chest-mount harness
      1m 54s
    2. Using a head mount
      1m 14s
    3. Using a wrist mount
      1m 14s
    4. Mounting a helmet camera
      1m 39s
  7. 5m 45s
    1. Using Gorillapods
      1m 1s
    2. Using clamps
      1m 20s
    3. Using poles
      2m 22s
    4. Strategies for following the action
      1m 2s
  8. 11m 15s
    1. Setting the field of view
      1m 54s
    2. Lighting
      2m 31s
    3. Attaching a mic
      3m 19s
    4. Conducting the interview
      3m 31s
  9. 4m 16s
    1. When to use high frame rates
      1m 50s
    2. Limitations on recording with high frame rates
    3. Setting the camera for overcranked footage
      1m 35s
  10. 8m 18s
    1. Top gear from the shoot
      2m 22s
    2. Techniques to build on
      3m 3s
    3. Lessons learned the hard way
      2m 53s
  11. 56s
    1. What’s next?

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Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports
Video Duration: 0s 1h 9m Intermediate


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The GoPro HERO was practically built for sports, and not just the extreme kind. It's compact, durable, and produces high-quality footage at a high-frame rate—just the kind of camera you want for shooting fast-moving athletes outdoors. Rich Harrington drops in at the local skate park and shows how to shoot grinds, kickflips, and ollies from multiple angles, including a head mount and an under-the-board point of view. He also shows how to plan for other equipment you'll need, like Steadicam rigs for extra stabilization or clamps and poles to capture interesting angles. Plus, learn how to film interviews on location without having to switch cameras, and set your GoPro to capture overcranked footage. Best of all? The techniques shown only require one camera, so if you have a GoPro, you're good to go.

This course was created and produced by RHED Pixel. We're honored to host this training in our library.

Topics include:
  • Packing for the shoot
  • Managing power on location
  • Protecting your GoPro
  • Mounting a GoPro
  • Using a Steadicam Smoothee or Curve
  • Using head, chest, or wrist mount
  • Positioning your GoPro with clamps, poles, and GorillaPods
  • Mic'ing and lighting a shoot
Photography Video


Hi, my name's Rich Harrington, and as you can hear behind me, we've headed out to the skate park to do some shooting with GoPro cameras. Now, this course is going to cover skateboarding, but it's not just about skateboarding. It's all about action photography and action video, so we're going to put the cameras in some really cool places. We're going to get point of view shots, put the camera underneath the board, mount it in different situations, go for multiple angles of coverage. It's going to work out really well to tell a story.

Now, I'm hoping you've already checked out our GoPro Fundamentals course where we go through all the essential things you need to know about setting up a GoPro and going through the different menus. If you haven't watched it, I'd check that out first. But today we're going to put those techniques and those options into play. We're going to get some fantastic shots with lots of different styles of shooting. This is a very good class where you get lots of inspiration on different ways to shoot and how to get the most out of your camera. So, just come in with a basic knowledge of a single GoPro, and you'll learn as we dig in.

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