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Shooting in the dark with GoPro HD Hero2

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It’s no exaggeration to say that the GoPro has changed the world of adventure video making and created a niche market in sports photography. GoPro’s cameras are designed to be strapped on to helmets, bikes, boats, and it is about capturing action from the adventurer’s perspective. For those who want a high-quality fun tech toy to capture life’s adventurous moments,  the GoPro HD Hero2 is the way to go.

Don’t be fooled by it’s size and toy like looks. GoPro offers durability and a sealed housing that can submerge to a depth of 60m. It has a super wide lens, which is great for action shots by allowing you to record a large field of view with the fish-eye lens. Small size, variety of mounts and  waterproof case make it ideal for capturing  zip-lining, windsurfing,  and underwater adventures.

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I jumped at the opportunity to sign one out from work and give it a test drive. I decided to do so without reading the manual and see what I came up with.

This morning as I edited my first pictures [not got to video yet] I decided to do some research figuring out all the settings and learning how to best use the camera for different purposes.

The more I searched Google it was clear just like anything else it is going to be practice, practice and more practice, especially since there is no viewfinder option. YOu are literally shooting in the dark.

One of the things I want to learn how to do is set the camera to take a photo every so many seconds. I read about a guy who set his up to do this while moving the camera around. He said “You’ll end up throwing away about 400 photos, but you’ll get ten that are really cool.”

I also bookmarked a write up for a  workaround to use the camera to film non-action sports while avoiding the fish-eye effect. Now it is time to go read the manual 🙂

gopro attachments

GoPro Hd Hero3 wheel mount picture from pinkbike.com

gopro wheel mount

Cool things you can film with your GoPro wheel mount picture from ebay.com

Here are my first few pictures with a GoPro, video coming soon. I used the head mount and tested that on the back roads of San Pablo.

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Rainy day in San Pablo

fisheye view gopro

Fish-eye view of backyard

belize picture with a gopro hd hero2

Water drops on laundry line

Featured image courtesy of mymodernmet.com

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