Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Car and Motorcycle Mounts
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Should you shoot in Auto Low Light mode?


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Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Car and Motorcycle Mounts

with Richard Harrington

Video: Should you shoot in Auto Low Light mode?

There is a newer setting on the GoPro 3 Plusses that I want to point out, and that is this auto low light mode. Now, what it does is when the camera detects a lower light shooting situation, which is kind of typical when you're out driving around. It might actually get more sensitive to light, but it does it by changing the frame rate. And Jim,. I don't think this is a choice that you really want right? It's going to really affect how you're shooting if your frame rates suddenly change because the camera decided it wanted to. >> Yea, I mean, personally I think that, there are enough tools out there for low light shooting that a GoPro would at best be a last choice.

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Watch the Online Video Course Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Car and Motorcycle Mounts
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
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Richard Harrington

Should you shoot in Auto Low Light mode?

There is a newer setting on the GoPro 3 Plusses that I want to point out, and that is this auto low light mode. Now, what it does is when the camera detects a lower light shooting situation, which is kind of typical when you're out driving around. It might actually get more sensitive to light, but it does it by changing the frame rate. And Jim,. I don't think this is a choice that you really want right? It's going to really affect how you're shooting if your frame rates suddenly change because the camera decided it wanted to. >> Yea, I mean, personally I think that, there are enough tools out there for low light shooting that a GoPro would at best be a last choice.

As an option to get your shot. You may be in that situation, in which case changing the frame rate, losing sync, all those things may be worth the price of that once-in-a-lifetime event that you just managed to get with the one camera you had. Which was a GoPro. >> Yeah, so as you go into the settings you will see on the 3 Plus the option for auto low light mode. If that is turned on, what's going to happen is that the GoPro will drop to half the frame rate. So, if you're shooting at 48, it would drop to 24 when the camera detects that there's not enough light and it's getting a bit grainy.

But I think you and I are in agreement that this type of control, this type of decision is something you want to make on a set. So, I'm going to turn that off, and only if it's needed will we lower the frame rate. Make sure you check if you're using a 3 Plus. Turn that off. Once you got the cameras all on the same settings, you can start to put them in cases, and we got a lot of choices here. We'll take a look at that next.

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