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There is no camera that's as synonymous with adventure photography and filmography as GoPro.
Since these cameras came on the market, they've been involved in some of the most breathtaking adventure photography moments in history.
That means that there's a strong case to be made to step up your game with a few GoPro photography tips.
Consider the following as a few essential GoPro tips and tricks to get you started.
Get Some Distance With a GoPro Pole
You can't exactly take a selfie with a GoPro as you're standing atop the mountain you just climbed or the beach you're enjoying.
To get some shots of you doing cool things in cool places, you need a GoPro pole to give you some distance between you and the camera.
The SANDMARC GoPro Pole Metal Edition extends from 15-inches up to 50-inches to give you a range of potential shots, from close-ups to wide-angle views that incorporate your surroundings.
It only weighs 10 ounces as well, so it's not like you'll be bogged down with a big, heavy selfie stick as you're out adventuring.
Better still, having a GoPro Pole allows you to be much more creative in terms of how you compose your images.
This thing is made of industrial CNC aluminum, so it's durable, and it's waterproof and saltproof, too. That means you can get those action-packed shots in the snow or sand, the surf or the wind, and you won't have to worry about your GoPro Pole succumbing to the elements.
It's that kind of flexibility that will help you get better shots like the one shown above.
GoPro Photography Tip: Shoot at the Right Time of Day
The best light of the day is during golden hour - the time right around sunrise and sunset.
This light is very soft and diffuse because it has to travel through more of the earth's atmosphere.
That being the case, it's very pleasing light with a warm tone that looks great in photos.
Not only that, but you can also capture gorgeous shadows because the sun is so low on the horizon.
If you can't get out during sunrise or sunset, seek out shade.
Taking portraits in the shade, for example, will help you capitalize on diffuse light to minimize harsh shadows on your subject's face.
And if you have a recent GoPro model, like the Hero 6 or Hero 6, you can shoot in RAW and then manipulate the lighting in post-processing.
Get Creative By Slowing Down the Shutter Speed
Whether you've got your GoPro on you as you're moving or you set it up to record other people or objects moving while the camera is stationary, using a slower shutter can bring an interesting and creative blur element to your photos.
Slowing the shutter down to about two or three seconds is usually enough to get blur from passing cars.
Try a shutter of around 10 seconds to blur motion as you ski, surf, or bike, turning your surroundings into gorgeously blurred lines.
If you extend the shutter even further to about 15-20 seconds, you can get nighttime photos of a starry sky, too.
Use Filters to Enhance Your Photos of the Sky and Underwater
One of the best features of a GoPro is that you can take it skydiving, skiing, surfing, snorkeling...you name it!
That means you need to equip your GoPro with the accessories it needs to get the best shots. Adding filters to your GoPro kit is a great way to do just that.
The SANDMARC Aqua Dive Filter Kit has five interchangeable filters for your adventures under the water.
There's a yellow filter for night diving, a magenta filter for green water, and various red filters for different depths of diving in blue water, as shown above.
And if you use your GoPro to take photos from under sunny skies, the SANDMARC Aerial Filter Polarizer is an ideal companion that helps minimize glare off of non-metallic surfaces like water.
A polarizer also helps darken the blue color of the sky and lighten the white color of clouds, bringing an improved dynamic to your outdoor photos.
Another great thing about these filters is that they are made with premium optics to ensure a clear, crisp, and sharp photo, and they do that without adding a ton of weight to your GoPro.
That means that you can use these filters without worrying about damaging the filters or having a heavier load to carry. What's not to like about that?