How to Use a GoPro, with Mia McCormick

Join Mia McCormick on the beach, in the water, on the track, and every place in between as she shares her favorite tips, techniques, accessories, and settings to help you get the most out of your action camera.

We’re all looking for ways to capture life’s interesting moments, and if what you are doing has action involved, then a great way to document it is with an action camera. Join Mia McCormick on the beach, in the water, on the track, and every place in between as she shares her favorite tips, techniques, accessories, and settings to help you get the most out of your action camera.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 05:05)

Join Mia as she introduces the class, goes over what will be covered in subsequent lessons, and gets started by showing you some things you'll want to think about before you start shooting with your action camera.

Lesson 2: Making Your Life Simpler (Duration 04:14)

While getting ready for the day's shoot Mia goes over some tips to help you make your life simpler when using your GoPro.

Lesson 3: Spicing Things Up (Duration 05:44)

The helmet point of view is one the most common setups for a GoPro, but there are some ways to spice things up and get better footage.

Lesson 4: Ultra Wide Angle Tips (Duration 03:04)

There are different angle settings on the GoPro, but the one you'll want to perfect is the ultra wide angle setting.

Lesson 5: Capturing Still Images (Duration 03:08)

There are a number of factors to consider when capturing still images. Here are the things you need to know.

Lesson 6: Using GoPros in Cars (Duration 02:45)

From mounts to audio, there are a few things to keep in mind when capturing GoPro footage in your car.

Lesson 7: Waterproof (Duration 01:59)

The GoPro comes with a waterproof housing, and shooting in, under, and around water can provide a whole new way of capturing life's events.

Lesson 8: Additional Photo Options (Duration 01:56)

Beyond burst mode, there are a few other photo options you should know about.

Lesson 9: Watercraft (Duration 02:22)

From suction cups to adhesives, there are a number of ways to mount a GoPro to watercraft.

Lesson 10: Advanced Settings: Protune (Duration 04:02)

There are some advanced controls on the GoPro that the pros will use when capturing footage. These settings allow to change white balance, color profile, ISO limit, and more.

Lesson 11: Mounting Options Reviewed (Duration 04:02)

There are a variety of ways to mount your GoPro to yourself, helmets, cars, watercraft, bicycles, and just about anything else you can think of.

Meet Your Instructor: Mia McCormick

Mia McCormick works as a resident technology expert for Kelby Training and B&H Photo - one of the largest electronic retailers in the world. She also conducts a series of…

5 Comments

    • We used a super clamp with a GoPro Tripod mount. Here's a link to the clamp from B&H. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/887347-REG/impact_cc_106t_super_clamp_with_t_handle.html

  1. I would love to win the chance to see this! I work for a City government and we do not have the budget to attend the various paid classes that are offered...but this one would be VERY helpful! We were able to purchase a GoPro camera and accessories a while ago to use with promoting various Parks & Recreation activities. It would be SO NICE to get a better feel for how it can work for us in the field (literally). ;) .

  2. Enjoyed the lesson. One thing I'm not clear about, though. Do you recommend 60 fps when there is fast action because 60 fps will record the action best OR do you recommend 60 fps because that's best for slowmo? Thanks!

    • Both:) 60fps will keep up with fast action really well. Most HDTV's and monitors refresh at 60fps so this means every refresh will have a new frame, basically less motion blur when watching the video. It's also fast enough that you can slow the video down in post and still get smooth playback.

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