It sounds like an ideal set of challenges for photojournalist Paul Taggart, who also shoots video for the Discovery Channel and other media outlets. In this course, he takes us to a farming community in the state of Washington to showcase creative uses for the GoPro HERO, in a variety of situations. He goes deep at a shellfish farm, gets footage from the tractor's perspective at an organic farm, and mounts the GoPro to a quadcopter to get aerial footage at a vineyard. At the end of each chapter, he recaps the shoot and reviews the final still photos and video.
- Getting the GoPro in the water
- Using the GoPro on a quadcopter
- Shooting time lapses with a GoPro
- Getting motion shots
- Setting up multimedia GoPro projects
Skill Level Appropriate for all
- [Voiceover] Hi. My name is Paul Taggart. I'm a photographer and a filmmaker, and I'm here in Washington State working on a short documentary project about farming. The unusual thing about this project is I'm going to shoot the entire documentary on GoPro cameras. The GoPro's a tiny little camera that's typically used for action sports. We're going to use this camera in some unusual ways that I could never use my DSLR or larger video camera. For this story, I've picked three separate locations. We're going to go to a shellfish farm, an organic farm on an island, and we're also going to go to a vineyard.
The location of the vineyard is perfect for aerial images, so we're going to mount the GoPro camera on a gimbal underneath a quadcopter, and we're going to set it up hundreds of feet to get some aerial images of a vineyard. I picked these locations because they have certain elements that I think I can really use the GoPro for. So come with me as we explore the amazing landscape of Washington State, the cool farming practices they're doing, and also, let's learn a few things about the GoPro camera and storytelling.