Action photographer Craig Kolesky shares some tips and advice for working and shooting with GoPro cameras.

By Craig Kolesky.

Here’s some tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your GoPro:

  1. The GoPro has a very wide lens, so get it up close to the action – if the subject is too far away, you are going to miss all the action.
  2. Put a GoPro where no other camera can go, experiment with new angles and ideas.
  3. Make sure the camera is on the correct setting before you use it, and this might sound stupid, but make sure you have a memory card and it has been formatted.
  4. Make sure it’s recording before you jump off a massive cliff – get to know the beeps for on and off.
  5. Setup the GoPro in a controlled environment, if you set it up in an air conditioned room and go out into hot out doors the camera will fog up. Use Anti-Fog inserts if needed.
  6. Make sure the GoPro is secure and stable. Nothing worse than shaky footage, use the rubber insert with the mounts to stabilize the camera.

Here’s a video of Capetonian skateboarder Jean-Marc Johannes, shot by Craig Kolesky using a GoPro and a Nikon D7000.

Based in Cape Town, Craig Kolesky specialises in action and sports photography. For more of his work, take a look at his website or blog.