It’s no secret that I stand behind my GoPro and selfie stick as one of my best investments for travel. It’s simple: it takes awesome pictures, is budget friendly, compact, and waterproof. A GoPro for travelling is quickly becoming the new norm with its fisheye effect (but it doesn’t have to be fisheye), and wide angle lens capturing you and everything around you.
It is an investment and isn’t as cheap as some of the simple point and shoot cameras, but a GoPro can give you 4K resolution (that’s really clear) and is definitely worth your buck. You won’t have to lug around a DSLR with extra lens’, or worry about it getting wet or dropping it. Plus you’ll get some awesome GoPro for travel photography to show off.
I’ve compiled these eight easy tips on GoPro for travel to be really simple. You wouldn’t believe with how little I know about cameras that I actually went to film school and worked with both digital and film cameras…my talents were not with the expensive equipment. So if I can understand these GoPro ideas for beginners then you will too.
Get the Right Equipment
What’s so awesome with GoPros is buying the actual camera gets you the basics, the camera itself, and the waterproof housing, along with some attachments. Next you can decide what you want to do with your camera. No matter what it is there is probably already a piece of equipment or accessory for you to use. Planning on taking lots of selfies? Get the selfie stick. Going in water? Get the floating stick. Biking or trekking? Try the chest or head strap.
Decide on what activities you’re going to be doing during your travels and buy accordingly. Many are available on Amazon. My personal favourites are the selfie stick that has a tripod in the bottom for capturing pictures when I’m traveling solo. I also love my head strap for when I get a little bit more adventurous and tried white water rafting.
Take Multiple Pictures
The last thing you want is to get home and upload your pictures only to find that they’re blurry. This is often the case with GoPro’s, but there’s a simple solution. You could simply hold your camera very still, but it’s not always a guarantee, and when using a selfie stick it’s impossible for them to not be blurry because you can’t get into position fast enough.
In multi-shot mode, go to your settings and select time lapse. Make sure you select 0.5 seconds for your settings. Every half a of a second your camera will take a picture, pretty much giving you a guarantee that some will turn out. Make sure when you finally go to take some pictures that your camera is on multi-shot mode and not single picture mode!
Further more, don’t move too fast or the pictures will still turn out blurry. With the footage you shoot you’ll then be able to create some cool stop motion videos, or have lots of Instagram worthy stills.
Get the Right Angle
The easiest way to get the right composition for your pictures is to aim at the centre of your chest or back. Depending on what style you like you’ll then want to angle your camera upwards or downwards. Pointing the camera downwards will make you look shorter, and smaller. While pointing the camera up will make you look bigger, and taller. Having the camera angled slightly upwards or downwards tends to make the best pictures, capturing the most around you.
Tip: Before your trip practice what angles you like and decide on what works for you. Practice for both pictures and video!