March 26, 2019

5 Tips for Better GoPro Footage!

We live in a time where all of the gadgets we dreamt about as kids, are now used in our everyday lives. Think about it! If you were like me, you would watch Inspector Gadget and pretend that your waterproof wristwatch had all the specs and tools that our smart watches offer today. You would imagine driving your future car and there would be a sandwich button that you could press, and out would pop a perfectly good PB & J. Okay, maybe that was just me…but I’d definitely high five anyone who invented that feature in cars.

Technology is getting smarter, smaller, and easier to access, and I’m here for it. GoPro’s are on my personal list of “dream” gadgets that I wish existed as a kid. A handheld action camera that could take pictures AND video underwater? Sign me up. GoPro’s are getting better and more advanced with each model they release, but if you aren’t sure how to use them, you might be unsatisfied with how they perform. So in today’s post, I’m talking about 5 tips that you can incorporate to help enhance your GoPro footage!


For those of you who might not fully understand frame rate, heres a quick explanation. Do you ever watch the news, or a soap opera, and think “why does this look weird, or different compared to a TV show or a movie?”. It’s because the frame rate is different. They shoot in 30 fps (frames per second) and your favorite movie or TV show is filmed in 24 fps.

If you want your GoPro footage to look better, or more cinematic, you should be shooting in 24 fps— “But someone told me to shoot in 60 fps for slow motion!” Yes. That is true, but if you aren’t interpreting your footage back to 24 fps (technically 23.976) it still wont look right. Shooting in a higher frame rate only makes sense if you are planning to use it for slow motion shots.


This is one of of the best features GoPro has added to their newer models! In the past, you would need to spend the extra money on a gimbal or a stabilizer if you wanted smooth, steady shots. Or you would just deal with the shaky video! With image stabilizer, you can get handheld shots that looks great without the added stress of additional gear.


GoPros are wide angle cameras, so you don’t have any depth of field while using them. In order to create the illusion of depth of field, you need to move around! Look at what’s around you and use it to your creative advantage. While you’re shooting, think about how you’re going to piece the shots together. Getting a shot through tree branches, or through a fence will add a more interesting perspective to your video!


As convenient as these cameras are, they aren’t great at producing quality video indoors. If you want your best footage, you should be shooting in natural light. I have found that even in well lit rooms, GoPros STILL perform best outside. Footage shot indoors or at night, generally comes out grainy and pixelated.


I don’t mean slow motion, I mean physically slow down. Be intentional about the shots you’re getting and focus on your subject. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and want to shoot everything, but “over” shooting is not the answer! When you press record, count to 5 before moving on to your next shot. Try and mix up your clips with stationary shots. If you have a ton of clips skiing down a mountain, or walking along the beach, put your GoPro down and let the action happen while the camera is motionless.


Overall, you can be just as creative with a GoPro as you can with any other camera, you just have to be more intentional with how you use it! If you already have a GoPro and you’re ready to upgrade, check out my beginner camera recommendations here!

  1. Robert Smith says:

    Thanks for the tips Alex. I just got my first Go Pro (7) and I have a lot to learn about getting great underwater video. You just shortened my learning curve considerably, I’ll implement your tips, and be back for more I’m sure.

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