Anyone who’s into action sports like surfing, skiing, or snowboarding doesn’t need to be told about the wonders of an action camera when it comes to capturing all of those key moments forever. However, while the use of today’s best action cameras may seem simple enough – strap camera to head, start the record function, and go — it’s important to realize that there are definitely special techniques to getting the awesome footage that you see in those awesome professional videos that the guys at GoPro make.
Experts who really know the ins and outs of recording killer footage with today’s action cameras swear by certain approaches. Here are 2 top pro tips to help you get more out of your own action camera.
Use a Camera Pole
To get more out of your action cam you need to increase the level of versatility. One of today’s most popular ways to do this is with the use of a pole cam. Attaching your camera to an extendable pole immediately opens up a ton of new views. You can extend your arm out in front of you to get a shot of your face while you’re mid-action. You can tip the perspective with ease to get a killer shot of your feet or your board and even have it behind you so that the video shows what you’re looking at while having part of your body in the frame as well. We’ve all seen the epic Kelly Slater tube riding videos where he does that. You can even use your pole cam to get some really unique exaggerated shots that will add the perfect finishing touch to your montage videos.
This technique is usually recommended for sportsmen of at least intermediate skill though. When you’re a novice, it’s much easier and simpler to just attach your action cam to your head, hit record, and then forget about it. Wait until you’re a little more seasoned to get fancy.
Get the Right Angle
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to getting really great action cam footage is developing that sixth sense in regards to the shooting angle. Too high or too low and your video isn’t going to look like much of anything. Try angling your cam toward the middle of your point of view in order to provide a nice vantage point. A nice trick the pros use is to aim for a point slightly lower than your eyes when you’re looking straight ahead.
You may also want to think about going narrower as opposed to wider when it comes to the angle of your lens. While wide angle lenses tend to capture a lot as far as the scene at hand, they also tend to involve a lot of distortion or curvature at the edges which can ruin your shot. Experts recommend going a little bit narrower in order to ensure a cleaner, more realistic shot.
Working with your action cams is a lot like working with any other sort of artistic equipment. It takes a bit of trial and error – as well as technique – to get things exactly right.
Hopefully these two tips that the pros use will help that next video you make hit the big time with a GoPro video of the day! More tips coming soon.
About The Author: Hassan Wardani loves to surf, kitesurf and travel the world chasing adventure. His journeys inspired him to create outdoor gear site [http://www.gearlist.com.au] to find the best adventure gear and
http://www.thrillseekeradventures.com”>http://www.thrillseekeradventures.com, an adventure sports travel hub which brings the world’s adventures together in one place to allow others like him to find and book the best adventure trips based on personal recommendations from friends and connect with other Thrillseekers around the globe. Connect with Hassan through Twitter at @hassan_wardani if you have awesome tips or adventure travel stories to share.