Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up for the shellfish farm GoPro shoot, part of Creative GoPro Photography and Video Techniques.
So I'm out here, just outside of Olympia Washington. I'm going to be doing a photo essay on farming and part of that is going to be shellfish farming, because we're really looking at farming with a broader concept. We're out here with Taylor Shellfish Farms, and there's a guy Marco, who's a representative who's helping me out. And he gave me some boots and some life vests. I wasn't totally sure what kind of activities I'll be shooting today but that's going to be pretty exciting except that we are going to get wet which for the GoPro, it's just great because GoPros have an underwater housing.
I have got a little bit of gear here. That I'm going to be using today. The one thing about the GoPro is, it's just a little camera but we've got all these other accessories that really enable it to do some very cool things. We can mount it on a boat if we got on a boat we might try doing a longer time lapse during low tide and then high tide. We've also got a, little, it's called a camel lapse and it's just basically an egg timer. So, we can get a little pan action during the time lapse. We might try this if the rain holds out. A whole collection of different grip gear that I can attach to the boat if we want to or there might be some pilings out there that I may attach the GoPro to.
I can also, I'm not too worried about getting the stuff wet. In a pinch, this works as a little pole cam to. But I just want to stick that under the water. And then the coolest toy we're going to work with today out here is we've got a quadcopter that we might mess with. But with this it really depends on how the wind is and if it rains. So I'm just going to pack this stuff up and get started. The great thing about the GoPro's is is usually when I'm shooting with my SLR's I've got a great big bag I'm working with. Today. I can basically put everything in this little pouch right here.
So I've got my cameras, my cards, some screwdrivers to tighten different mounts and things with, and then one backpack for all this grip gear, and we can go make a story.
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