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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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As you're chasing the action, you generally want to make sure that you've got lots of angles of coverage. I prefer to put a camera actually into the action itself, giving one to the athlete to to hold or attach to their board. And then beyond that, it's just a matter of really spreading things out. We're going to head in and we're going to chase the action back in the bowl for a little bit here. And notice how important it is to be both paying attention to the shot and your personal safety. What I try to do is not stare so much at the camera, but instead keep the camera right in front of me, and then keep my eyes on the rider.
This way I know the camera's getting the shot and I've got my peripheral vision. So if I need to react or move out of the way, I can do that. So, let's head in, and I'll talk you through some of the techniques while we're shooting.
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