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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.
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We tried a lot of gear out. And, for the most part, it all worked really well. What I want to do is just go through some of my favorite pieces of gear and explain how the equipment really helped us get the shot. Once I had a chance to look at the footage, there's really some standout pieces of equipment that I like quite a bit and can highly recommend. First up, the chest mount worked really well. It put the camera in a safe and secure place, while getting some interesting angles. The riders didn't have to worry about bumping the camera, or holding in, or doing anything that could put them at risk.
But the chest mount did give us a great first-person perspective while they're riding. The chest mount is very safe, easy to adjust to riders of all sizes, and a real good addition if you're going to be shooting action sports or first-person perspective. Using a pole cam really went a long way. Now, we tried a couple of different brands out, they all worked just fine. What this essentially is, is a rod that has a GoPro connector at the end. And this let us get some great perspectives, getting the camera higher or lower.
And by getting the camera above or below our subjects, we're able to add some drama to the shoot. Without a lot of effort, the gorilla pods were a huge success. We've attached it to rails, we put them as small tripods on the ground wrapped around different things in the terrain of the park. The ability to securely attach cameras quickly was a big plus here. The steadicam smoothie was a cool tool that really made it easy for us to chase the action. We tried both the smoothie and the curve.
The curve was great for putting it in the rider's hands but I did prefer the extra balance and stability of the smoothie. The last gear that really stood out was just the standard GoPro adhesive mounts. The ability to stick a camera somewhere. You do need to think about letting it dry for a while but we actually use this to our advantage, sometimes temporarily sticking a camera to a board or to a place and then ripping it off a little bit later. Remember GoPro will sell you extra adhesive mounts. So pick up a few because once you mount something and you rip it off.
That piece is pretty much dead, so you want to pick up a few extras and have those in your kit. There's a ton of gear we used on this shoot, and all in all, I was very happy with things. But let's take a look at some techniques that really stood out and that we want to build on.
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