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Top gear from the shoot

From: Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports

Video: Top gear from the shoot

We tried a lot of gear out.

Top gear from the shoot

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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Shooting with the GoPro HERO: Action Sports

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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
      48s
  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
      42s
  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
      51s
    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?
      56s

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