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GoPro Cameras For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Shoot, edit, and share action-packed video with a GoPro

The world moves fast—so if you want to capture it in real time, only a fast-moving camera will do. Enter the GoPro! This small but powerful camera is easy to hold, wear, or mount to capture video of all your high-speed adventures. Unfortunately, to the uninitiated, it can be a bit intimidating—but fear not! With the help of this revised edition of GoPro Cameras For Dummies, you'll acquire the skills needed to shoot high-quality video or photos, edit raw footage into a final masterpiece, and share your GoPro works of art with the world.

Compared with traditional digital video devices, the GoPro is a superhero. Okay, so it can't scale high rises, but it can go virtually anywhere and produce thrilling new perspectives of an epic slalom down the slopes or awesomely scenic hike—and everything in between. When still photos simply won't do the trick, GoPro Cameras For Dummies shows you step by step how to use your GoPro camera to make movies, work with available light, create time-lapse sequences, and so much more.

  • Meet the full line of GoPro cameras, including the HERO5, and find the one that's right for you
  • Get help setting your GoPro to shoot better video
  • Discover what you need (or don't need) to shoot in the water
  • Find step-by-step guidance for capturing better sound
  • Edit your work like a GoPro guru

Packed with full-color photos and updated to cover the latest GoPro cameras and software, this fun and accessible guide is a gadget lover's dream.

Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. How This Book is Organized
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
    3. Part 1: Getting Started with Your GoPro Camera
      1. Chapter 1: Getting to Know GoPro
        1. Introducing the GoPro
        2. Seeing What a GoPro Can Do
        3. Comparing GoPro Editions
        4. Previous GoPro Models
        5. Setting Up Your GoPro
        6. Controlling Your GoPro
        7. Mounting Your GoPro
        8. Working with the Different GoPro Apps
        9. Using the Capture App
      2. Chapter 2: Accessorize Me
        1. Playing the Media Card
        2. Letting the GoPro Get Wet
        3. Keeping the Shot Steady
        4. Wearing Your GoPro
        5. Putting Your GoPro on a Drone
        6. Adding Some Other Cool Accessories
    4. Part 2: Moviemaking Technique
      1. Chapter 3: Getting through GoPro Boot Camp
        1. Viewing the Lens
        2. Mastering Protune
        3. Using Advanced Features
      2. Chapter 4: Understanding Effective Camera Techniques
        1. Nailing GoPro Fundamentals
        2. Shooting Your Movie
        3. Tooling with Time-Lapse Mode
        4. Using Other Photo Modes
      3. Chapter 5: Framing the Shot
        1. Understanding Time-Honored Visual Basics
        2. Breaking Down Shot Lingo
        3. Following Simple Framing Rules
        4. Art-Directing the Scene
        5. Thinking About Where to Put Your GoPro
        6. Working with the Capture App
        7. Shooting Some Variations
      4. Chapter 6: Shooting Fun Stuff with Your GoPro
        1. Using Wearable Mounts
        2. Shooting on Amusement Park Rides
        3. Recording Sporting Events
        4. GoPro and the Water
        5. All Kinds of Bicycling
        6. Taking Flight with Your Karma Drone
      5. Chapter 7: Mastering the Light
        1. Seeing the Color and Temperature of Light
        2. Shooting Under Different Light Sources
        3. Setting White Balance
        4. Working with the Light You Have
        5. Creating Your Own Light
        6. Using Light Effectively
      6. Chapter 8: Of Sound Movie and Body
        1. Capturing Sound on the Scene
        2. Preventing Audio Problems
        3. Working with Headphones
    5. Part 3: Movies Are Made in Postproduction
      1. Chapter 9: Equipping Your Edit Station
        1. Picking a Computer Platform
        2. Understanding Workstation Requirements
        3. Accessorizing Your Station
        4. Picking Software That Suits Your Needs
      2. Chapter 10: Getting to Know GoPro Studio Edit
        1. Why Use GoPro Studio Edit?
        2. Breaking Down the Interface
        3. Bringing in Media
        4. Using GoPro Edit Templates
        5. Implementing an Efficient Workflow
        6. Delving Deeper into GoPro Studio Edit
      3. Chapter 11: Editing with GoPro Studio Edit
        1. Creating Your Movie Project
        2. Putting the Pieces Together in the Edit Pane
        3. Assembling Clips in the Storyboard
        4. Managing Audio Matters
        5. Working with Titles
      4. Chapter 12: Presenting Your Movie
        1. Converting Your Movie Files for Export
        2. Getting That Movie Out There
        3. Where to Go from Here
        4. Sharing and Sharing Alike
        5. Finding the Best Archiving Solution
    6. Part 4: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 13: Ten Fun Ways to Use Your GoPro
        1. Attach It to Your Bike
        2. Take GoPro in the Snow
        3. Explore Underwater
        4. Make the Coolest Selfie
        5. Walk through a Crowded Space
        6. Take It Out on an ATV
        7. Shoot the View from the Sky
        8. Get a Dog’s-Eye View
        9. Make a Time-Lapse Movie
        10. Capture Your Own Band from the Stage
      2. Chapter 14: Ten Professional Uses for GoPro Cameras
        1. Professional Photography
        2. Documentary Filmmaking
        3. Wedding Videography
        4. Real Estate Sales
        5. Multimedia Reporting
        6. Television News Production
        7. Independent Filmmaking
        8. Home Security
        9. Traditional Sports Shooters
        10. Extreme Sports Shooters
      3. Chapter 15: Ten Pitfalls to Avoid
        1. Not Using the GoPro App
        2. Pausing When You Didn’t Mean It
        3. Keeping Your Body Parts Out of the Picture
        4. Staying Out of Harms Way
        5. Not Protecting the Camera
        6. Capturing the Scene Too Wide
        7. Losing Control of Your Drone
        8. Getting the Most Out of Audio
        9. Keeping the Camera Safe Near Water
        10. Power Outage Cutting the Shoot Short
      4. Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Improve Your Moviemaking Skills
        1. Planning Each Shot
        2. Telling a Concise Story
        3. Shoot to Edit
        4. Use the Proper Mounts
        5. Understand GoPro like the Stats for Your Favorite Team
        6. Using Light to Your Advantage
        7. Never Skimp on Composition, A.K.A. Occupy Frame!
        8. Remember to Get Enough Cutaways
        9. Don’t Forget about Sound
        10. Watch Lots of GoPro Movies
    7. About the Author
    8. Connect with Dummies
    9. End User License Agreement