A Summertime Intro to GoPro Hero3 Shooting

Summertime is the perfect season to head outdoors and film with the GoPro Hero3 camera, the ideal accessory for excursions into nature and action-packed adventures. Whether you’re out shooting extreme sports, slow motion, timelapses, or point of view (POV), here are some tips on getting the most out of your Hero3.

Find the Right Mount

Depending on the shot you want, there are a number of possibilities for mounts. A pole mount can be used to film yourself and your surroundings, and is best utilized when in motion. A helmet mount is often used for POV shots, while chest mounts are great for direct-angle shots. A tripod or stationary mount is good for timelapses or even slow-motion capture. And, of course, you can create DIY mounts by using anything stable that will help frame your shot.

Jumping POV footage ©Vasilieff

Relaxing on Water footage ©Istvan Csak

Check the Angle and Field of View

The GoPro Hero3’s features include options for an ultra-wide, medium, or narrow field of view. When shooting, select the best settings for your style, whether it’s timelapses, slow motion, POVs, or extreme-sports angles. All current Hero3 edition cameras also feature the option of filming in 1080p (16:9), 960p (4:3), WVGA (16:9), or 720 (16:9) with various frames per second (fps). The new Hero3 Black edition also sports 1440p (4:3), 2.7k (17:9, 16:9) and 4k (17:9, 16:9) resolutions.

Choose the Best Settings and Resolutions

1080p allows for HD quality and can be used for slow-motion capture when you crop the clip to 720p while editing. 960p (in either 48fps or 30 fps) allows for great widescreen shots, and 720p at 60fps is the standard for ultra-wide views; it’s also great for slow motion or extreme sports.


Parachute POV footage ©Kougloff

Slow Motion 1080

Dirt Bike footage ©THCLIPS

Experiment with Slow Motion and Timelapse

The GoPro allows for four shooting modes: Timelapse, Burst, Stills, and Movie. For timelapses, you can use Cineform software to convert all the still images into a timelapse video. Slow motion, meanwhile, is achieved by simply slowing down your footage so it doesn’t lose resolution and/or lighting. One way to do this well is by dividing 24fps by the frame rate that you are shooting at.

South Pointe Park Miami footage ©Felix Mizioznikov

Underwater footage ©ldambies

Understand POV and Field of View

All Field of View can be shot in 1080p, but only the wide and narrow FOV can be shot in 720p. Wide view offers an elongated view of the subject and its surroundings, perfect for capturing landscape or nature shots. Medium view centers the subject, but still allows for inclusion of the surrounding environment. Narrow view presents a close-up of the subject and its immediate environment.

Power boat footage ©Secablue2

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Written by Yvonna Tan, Content Editor for Shutterstock Footage