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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 what like Hollywood movies film at) 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 for newbie photographers who maybe just go a GoPro as a travel gift or decided to step up their photography game.

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.

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You wouldn’t even know that I was using a selfie stick here. Buy one with a tripod in the bottom to score pictures like this.

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.

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Playing with angles in front of the Big Buddha, Phuket, Thailand.

Tip: Before your trip practice what angles you like and decide on what works for you. Practice for both pictures and video!

Know Your Camera

The biggest mistake you can make is going out and taking pictures on your trip without practicing and knowing how your camera works. GoPro’s are not the best in low light. They work best in the daylight so when the sun starts going down my GoPro gets put to the side. They can capture some nice sunrise and sunset pictures, but they usually come out pretty dark and will require some editing (just brighten them up a bit). The also tend to blow out a bit, again, this can be fixed with simple editing. Know how to quickly change between settings, and know what angles work for you so you’re not wasting time when you’re using your GoPro for travel.


Prevent Fogging and Water Drops

The easiest solution to getting rid of and preventing water drops is to lick the cameras’ housing. Secondly, fogging can be caused by a change in temperatures or humidity. You can prevent this by using GoPro’s anti-fog inserts or putting in a few pieces of rice to help soak up the moisture. Keeping your camera and its case in a sealed ziplock bag with silica beads overnight can help to make sure your camera is dry and ready for your next day of adventures.

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Don’t be this person. Luckily I got good pictures on another camera!

Use the App

Using the GoPro for travel can come as a disadvantage because not all models have a screen that you can use to see your framing. Well there’s a solution for that, and it’s free. If you haven’t yet, download the GoPro app and follow the instructions to connect your camera. Using the wifi from your camera to connect to your phone you can then see what your camera sees and frame the perfect shot. Through the app you can also download pictures from your camera’s memory card straight to your phone. From your camera, to your phone, and on to Instagram instantly to show the world your adventures.

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Got the app open on my phone here, just make sure to not pose with your phone in the picture!

Tighten Up

Before heading out or after moving the camera to a new mount make sure all the screws are tightened so that the camera doesn’t suddenly change angles or shift, throwing off your perfect framing.

Compress Your Files

Thanks to some GoPro’s you can now take 4K resolution pictures and videos, which are huge files. These files are used in the film industry on professional films…you don’t necessarily need images and videos of this size. But if you happen to have them (like I do) then compress your files to store them on your computer or hard drive to save yourself from running out of space.

Shop GoPro for Travel Equipment

Now that you know the basics you’re all set. Make sure you have all the backups as well, like a second battery, memory card, and dual battery charger. The best GoPro for travel is usually the most recent GoPro as they only get better!

Are you a GoPro user? What’s your favourite travel camera?

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