GoPro Tips www.taylorstracks.com

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.

GoPro for travel Tunnel Mountain www.taylorstracks.com
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.

GoPro for travel Big Buddha www.taylorstracks.com
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.

GoPro for travel Niagara Falls www.taylorstracks.com
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.

GoPro for travel Winter www.taylorstracks.com
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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27 Comments

  1. Biggest problem I ever had with my GoPro was the fogging and water droplets. I did use to “lick the cameras’ housing” but it didn’t always work. It’s funny though…people licking the camera lol

  2. I got a GoPro about 6 months ago and I LOVE IT but definitely still learning a lot. My absolute fave setting is timelapse, whether just at someone’s house or for a sunset.

    Did you end up getting a remote for yours? It’s one of the pricier accessories, but I’ve been debating it. Just because my gopro is water/sand proof doesn’t mean my phone is ^^

    • No I haven’t even looking into a remote because usually use my phone or just shoot without seeing the framing. I have a waterproof case for my phone so that helps!

  3. Anisa Alhilali Reply

    We just used my go pro for the first time this weekend when we went hiking. My boyfriend got a cap that you could attach the go pro to. Your post is very helpful, wish I would have seen it sooner.

  4. Pinned it! Great tips, we bought one and never really use it! I’m going to give it a try after reading your tips!

  5. Patricia - Ze Wandering Frogs Reply

    Good tips, especially taking several pictures and get a different angle. I found I use the photos differently depending on what I am using them for.

  6. Marianne @ Mum on the Move Reply

    Great tips – I bought a GoPro a while back but only use it when I’m hiking for time-lapse videos. But my waterproof camera recently became un-waterproof so I need to start using my GoPro more. I feel I have a lot to learn.

  7. I can completely agree with the GoPro investment, but after several shocking incidents with selfie-sticks in recent travels I am still yet to be convinced that they are the way to go – that said when travelling solo I can see the huge advantages they add for you; maybe next up can be etiquette lessons for selfish selfie-stick users!?

  8. Kevin Wagar Reply

    Great tips! We purchased a GoPro recently and have loved carrying it around. The sturdiness of it makes handing it over to the kids a blast too!

  9. This is really useful, thank you! I am thinking about getting a gopro (at the moment is either big DSLR or phone) but it scared me a little bit as it does seem there is a bit of a knack to it – your post is very clear and it’s definitely making want to to get it. The multi shot tips is great, although it might be lethal for someone like me, who always takes thousands of pictures!!

  10. Kids Travel Books Reply

    I wish more people would let me know when their photos are with a GoPro vs. phone vs. p&s vs. Mirrorless Vs. dslr. These photos are awesome and I never would’ve guessed they came from that tiny camera.

    • All the pictures on my blog are either from an iPhone or GoPro. I too agree that it would be nice to know what camera people are using! And it’s amazing how great of a picture you can get with more affordable and smaller cameras.

  11. 2TravelDads Reply

    You don’t even know how helpful this is, as I’m heading out on a cruise in four days and it’ll be my first time EVER using a GoPro. You’re a lifesave! …a pineapple one. 🙂

  12. aCajuninCali blog Reply

    I still can’t believe I haven’t gotten a GoPro yet, but I just can’t seem to fork over the cash. How much is average price for the basic setup?

    • Depends what you’re looking for, their smallest camera (Session) is the cheapest and lightest starting at $199 USD, then theres the HERO 4 Silver which is quite good at $399, and the highest quality (what I use, but definitely don’t need) is the HERO 4 Black that’s $499. I’ve seen pictures from all and they’re all more than great!

  13. Travel Lushes Reply

    The anti-fog inserts is a fantastic tip – I totally didn’t even know about those.

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