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My Gopro Hero Camera

Covers all models of GoPro HERO, HERO3, HERO3+, and HERO4...including the February 2015 camera software update. Step-by-step instructions with callouts to GoPro Hero camera photos and sample images that show you exactly what to do. Help when you run into problems or limitations with your GoPro Hero camera in specific shooting situations. Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your GoPro Hero camera when taking pictures or shooting HD video in a wide range of shooting situations. Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your GoPro Hero camera working just the way you want in order to shoot the absolute best photos and videos possible. Learn how to: * Set up your GoPro Hero camera and prepare for any type of shooting situation * Take awesome first- or third-person videos just about anywhere, including underwater or in low-light situations * Select and use the best camera housing, mount, and accessories to capture the perfect shots * Take detailed and vibrant high-resolution, digital images with your GoPro Hero camera * Shoot stunning HD video using your GoPro Hero camera * Record high-quality audio in conjunction with your videos * Choose the best resolution and camera settings for each shooting situation you encounter * Wirelessly transfer your digital content from your camera to your smartphone or tablet using the GoPro App * Transfer content from your camera to your computer to view, edit, enhance, archive, and share your content using photo editing software or the GoPro Studio video editing software * Learn strategies used by the pros to achieve your own professional results Register Your Book at to access additional tasks, videos, and other helpful information.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Overview of the GoPro Cameras 3Understanding the Skill and Art of Digital Photography 5Choosing the Right GoPro Camera for You 6What You Should Know About Digital Camera Resolution 7Understand the Basics About HD Video Resolution 7Comparing GoPro Camera Models 9The GoPro Hero Is Ideal for Beginners 13The GoPro Hero3+ Is a Full-Featured Camera 14The GoPro Hero4 Offers Cutting-Edge Functionality 15Using Housings to Protect Your Camera 16Taking Better Shots Using Mounts 19Making Better Use of Camera Features Using Accessories 21The GoPro App Has Several Uses 22The GoPro Studio Software Offers Professional Video-Editing Tools 24Gathering Your GoPro Equipment 25Chapter 2 Getting Started with Your GoPro Camera 27Overviewing the GoPro Camera's Body 28The Front of the Camera 29The Back of the Camera 30The Right Side of the Camera 31The Left Side of the Camera 34The Top of the Camera 34The Bottom of the Camera 35Exploring the LCD Status Screen 36Your GoPro Camera's Menu Hierarchy 40Status Lights Provide Useful Information About Your Camera 43Setting Up the Camera for the First Time 44Insert Battery and SD Card 44Prepare the Camera 45Customize Settings 47Updating Your Camera's Operating System 50Update Using the GoPro Mobile App 51Update the Hero4 Using GoPro Studio Software 52Updating the Operating System Manually 54Chapter 3 Overview of GoPro Camera Housings 57Inserting and Removing Your Camera from a Housing 59Remove the Camera 60Insert the Camera into a Housing 62Keeping Your Housing Clean 63Using the Appropriate Backdoor for a Housing 65Swap the Housing's Backdoor 70Discovering Your Housing Options 71Standard Housing 71Skeleton Housing 72Dive Housing 74Blackout Housing 74The Frame Housing 75Dual Hero System Housing 77Third-Party Camera Housings 77Chapter 4 Overview of GoPro Camera Mounts 81Preplan Your Shots and Choose the Best Equipment 82Attaching the Camera Housing to a Mount 84Use the Quick Release Buckle and Thumb Screw 85Use a Quick-Release Anti-Vibration Locking Plug 87Overview of Popular GoPro Mounts 88Finding and Purchasing Third-Party Mounts and Accessories 96Chapter 5 Must-Have GoPro Camera Accessories 101Remotely Control Your Camera with the Smart Remote 101Charge the Smart Remote's Battery 103Pair the Smart Remote with Your Hero4 Camera 106Using the Smart Remote with Your Camera 108Control Your Camera with the Smart Remote 109Adjusting Settings with the Touch BacPac 111Give Your Camera a Power Boost with the Battery BacPac 117Chapter 6 Choosing the Best Memory Cards for Your GoPro Camera 119Picking the Right Memory Card Speed Class 120Selecting a Memory Card's Storage Capacity 121Shopping for and Using microSD Memory Cards 123Insert a Memory Card into Your Camera 124Format a microSD Memory Card Using a Hero4 126Understanding Memory Card-Related Error Messages 129Chapter 7 Keeping Your Batteries Charged 131Tracking Battery Life 133Saving Money Using Compatible GoPro Batteries 134Increasing Battery Life While Shooting 136Insert a Battery into Your Hero4 137Chapter 8 Shooting High-Resolution Photos 141Taking Pictures with Your GoPro 142Single shooting mode 144Continuous Shooting Mode 145Night Shooting Mode 146Burst Shooting Mode 147Time Lapse Shooting Mode 148Night Lapse Shooting Mode 149Knowing When to Use the Protune Feature 150Adjusting White Balance 151Adjusting Color 151Adjusting ISO Limit 152Adjusting Sharpness 152Adjusting EV Comp 153Switching Between Shooting Modes 153Switch Camera Modes Directly from the Camera 154Switch Shooting Modes Using the LCD Touch BacPac Display 157Switch Shooting Modes Using the GoPro Smart Remote 159Switch Shooting Modes Using the GoPro App 160Chapter 9 10 Strategies for Taking Professional-Quality Digital Pictures 165Preparation Is Essential 166Choosing an Interesting Subject 167Shoot Action from a First- or Third-Person Perspective 169Take Interesting Pictures of People 170Capture the Perfect Selfie 171Photographing Animals and Pets 172Capture a Fast-Moving Subject 172Take Great Pictures of Your Child's Event 173Shoot Visually Interesting Objects 174Take Vivid Underwater Photos 175Setting Your Camera to the Best Mode for Your Shooting Situation 176Take Advantage of Burst shooting mode 177Don't Forget About Your Hero4's Multi-Shot Options 177When Turning On Protune Can Benefit You 178Shooting Resolution Considerations 179Using a Viewfinder with Your Camera When Taking Photos 180Selecting the Most Appropriate Housing and Mount 181Paying Attention to Your Primary Light Source 182Using the Rule of Thirds When Framing Your Shots 183Choosing a Visually Interesting Shooting Perspective 185Properly Handling Low-Light Situations 186Editing Your Digital Photos After They've Been Shot 186Chapter 10 Shooting HD Video 189Using Available HD Video Option 190Shooting Video with Your GoPro 192Video Shooting Mode 196Video+Photo Shooting Mode 198Looping Video Mode 199Taking Advantage of Hero4's Hilight Tagging 200Create a Tag from the Smart Remote 201Create a Tag from the GoPro App 201Shooting Time Lapse Video 202Capture Time Lapse Video 203Time Lapse Video Shooting Strategies 205Enhancing Video Quality with Protune 205Adjusting White Balance 207Adjusting Color 207Adjusting ISO Limit 207Adjusting Sharpness 208Adjusting EV Comp 208Switching Between Video-Related Shooting Modes 209Switch Video-Related Shooting Modes Directly from the Camera 210Switch Video Shooting Modes Using the LCD Touch BacPac Display 213Switch Between Video Shooting Modes Using the GoPro Smart Remote 215Switch Shooting Modes Using the GoPro App 215Chapter 11 Capturing Sound and Using Artificial Light While Shooting Video 221Using Your Camera's Built-in Microphone to Record Audio 222Connecting an External Microphone to Your Camera 225Choosing a Microphone 226Adding Sound Effects and Music to Your Video Projects 228Using External Lighting Options 230Choosing the Best Continuous Lighting Solution 232Chapter 12 Adjusting the Camera's Setup Menu Options 235Getting Acquainted with the Setup Menu Options 236Resetting Your Camera 242Accessing the Setup Menu 243Access the Setup Menu Directly from the Camera 244Access the Setup Menu Using the LCD Touch BacPac Display 246Access the Setup Menu Using the Smart Remote 247Access the Setup Menu Using the GoPro App 248Chapter 13 10 Strategies for Shooting Awesome HD Video 251Preplanning Is Essential 252Having the Right Equipment at Your Disposal 253Gather Your Equipment 254Choosing the Best Shooting Resolution 256Selecting the Best Frames Per Second (FPS) Rate 259Deciding Which Field of View (FOV) Option to Use 259Deciding the Best Way to Shoot Your Subject 261Using Lighting to Your Advantage 264Handling Camera Movement 265Tagging Your Best Shots as You Shoot 267Shooting Plenty of Raw Footage 268Chapter 14 Troubleshooting Camera-Related Problems and Overcoming Common Shooting Mistakes 271Troubleshooting Camera-Related Problems 272The Camera Won't Turn On 272The Camera Is On, but Unresponsive 274The Camera Won't Connect with the GoPro App or Smart Remote 276Clear Up Lens Fog 278Reset Your Camera Name and Password 279The Status Screen Says No SD, Full, or SD ERR 280The File Repair Icon Appears on the Status Screen 281The Camera Has Overheated and the Temperature Icon Displays on the Status Screen 281Water Spots Have Formed on the Housing 282Video Playback Is Choppy on the Computer 282Video Doesn't Play Back Properly Using the GoPro App 282The Camera Is Off, but the Blue Status Lights Are Flashing 283The Menus on Your Camera Are Different from This Book 283The Computer Doesn't Recognize Your Connected Camera 284The Camera Is Physically Damaged 284Overcoming Common Shooting Problems 286Your Photos or Videos Are Overexposed 286Video Playback Is Too Shaky 288The Camera Mount You're Using Won't Maintain Its Position 288Low Light Photos or Video Are Blurry or Under-Exposed 289Photos or Videos Have Excessive Fishesye 289The Colors in Photos or Video Aren't as Vibrant as They Should Be 290The Memory Card Fills Up Too Fast When I'm Shooting 291Recover Deleted Photos or Video 291The Memory Card Is Full, but I Want to Keep Shooting 292Improve Poor Audio Quality 292Wind Noise Is Ruining the Audio 293Seeking Out Creative Inspiration 293Chapter 15 Using the GoPro Mobile App 297Getting Started with the App 298Install the GoPro App 299Pair the GoPro App with Your GoPro Hero4 301Taking Control of Your Camera Using the GoPro App 307Navigating the App Settings Menu 308Accessing Your My GoPro Album 309Transfer Photos or Video from the Memory Card to the GoPro App 310Controlling Your Camera from the GoPro App 314Adjusting the Hero4's Settings from the App 316Optional GoPro Mobile Apps 32110 - Fast GoPro & DJI Phantom Video Sharing with Music 321Prizmia for GoPro 321Lab for GoPro 322Chapter 16 Using the GoPro Studio Software 325Understanding the Video Editor's Role 327Getting Started 328Download GoPro Studio 330Run GoPro Studio 331Getting to Know GoPro Studio's Layout 333Transferring Raw Video to Your Computer 335Transfer Content to Your Computer 335Beginning the Editing Process 337Select and Convert Clips 338Edit Your Video 340What's Possible During the Editing Process 343Enhancing Flawed Video Footage 345Considering Sound 346Saving, Exporting, and Sharing Your Video Projects 346Video Editing Tips to Make Your Videos Better 347Considering Other Editing Software Options 349Chapter 17 Sharing Your Photos and Videos 353Sharing Photos via Email 355Sharing Photos Using a Cloud-Based Service 357Sharing Photos and Videos Using Social Media 359Sharing with Facebook 361Upload A Photo To Facebook 362Sharing with Twitter and Instagram 364Tweet Photos from the Twitter App 366Tweet Photos from the Photos App 368Publish A Photo On Instagram From Your iPhone/iPad 371Publishing Videos on YouTube 375Upload and Publish a Video on YouTube 377Sharing Photos and Videos via the GoPro Channel 380Access the GoPro Channel 381Sharing to the GoPro Channel 382Upload to the GoPro Channel 382Other Ways to Showcase Your Photos and Videos 384Ways to Showcase Photos 384Ways to Showcase Video 385That's a Wrap! 386Index 387

About the Author

Jason R. Rich is an accomplished author, journalist, and photographer, as well as an avid traveler. Some of his recently published digital photography-related books include iPad and iPhone Digital Photography Tips and Tricks (Que) and How to Do Everything Digital Photography (McGraw-Hill). For Que, he also created the Using Your GoPro Hero3+: Learn To Shoot Better Photos and Videos video course, and has written numerous other books about the iPhone, iPad, interactive entertainment, and the Internet. As a photographer, his work continues to appear in conjunction with his articles published in major daily newspapers, national magazines, and online, as well as within his various books. He also works with professional actors, models, and recording artists developing their portfolios and taking their headshots, and continues to pursue travel and animal photography. Through his work as an enrichment lecturer, he often offers digital photography workshops and classes aboard cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises Lines, and Celebrity Cruise Lines, as well as through Adult Education programs in the New England area. Please follow Jason Rich at, on Twitter (@JasonRich7), or on Instagram (@JasonRich7).

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