GoPro Goes Everywhere
Content and Video by: Richard Newman
Cameras can be used to create lasting memories of the passage of time. It sounds like a greeting card commercial, but it’s really true. What cameras do best is allow us to remember events by recording details and gestures that can make us smile. And I love a camera that makes me smile.
The introduction of the GoPro series of point-of-view, action cameras has definitely put a smile on my face. So much of today’s photography is geared towards outdoor activities and extreme sports, and traditional gear is just too big, and too expensive, to put in the line of fire. But the GoPro Hero cameras were designed for just that purpose. They are so small, and yet robust and economical, that you can put them anywhere and create heretofore, unimaginable action images of practically any activity with incredible quality.
Surfers can now show us what their world looks like inside a wave. Skateboarders can show us what their world looks like upside down and when they crash. There are camera mounts for just about anything that moves, including cars, motorcycles, planes and boards of all kinds.
Since I have some pretty bad knees, I can’t do the skateboard jump anymore, but I was able to turn the GoPro Hero2 on a litter of Great Dane puppies recently. Thank goodness it has Plexiglas housing and is waterproof. The camera shoots four different modes with a fixed 110° lens: still picture, 10-shot bursts, time-lapse and, my favorite, HD movies. However, a word of caution about the movies: GoPro has it’s own video format so you’ll need to download their conversion app if you’re editing on anything other than Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 (which handles the footage wonderfully). You can find the GoPro conversion app here and another helpful app that reads the footage for Final Cut is Streamclip available here.
GoPro is always advancing, building cameras to increase their customers’ enjoyment of photography. The new Hero3 Black edition is a real upgrade from my Hero2. The pictures are higher resolution, the video has more options and the camera can now be controlled from an iPad or iPhone. It’s definitely on my next-new-camera list.
I hope you enjoy this video, and that it puts a smile on your face. No cameras were harmed in the creation of this video. I’d like to thank Davishire Danes for the use of the yard and the puppies. It was a doggone good time!