Via Expert Vagabond (Excerpt) - Author: Matthew Karstenin
I've been traveling with a GoPro camera for 4 years now. These very useful GoPro accessories help me share unique travel experiences from around the world.
In 2010 I left for Latin America to begin a new lifestyle of long-term travel. The original GoPro Hero camera was packed in my backpack. Since then I've owned all versions, including my current GoPro 4 Silver Edition.
As a professional travel blogger, I've been using a GoPro to record travel experiences in all sorts of crazy situations where a regular camera just won't cut it. Three of my adventure travel images have been featured by GoPro on their social media accounts.
I seriously can't imagine traveling without it!
Today I wanted to share a behind-the-scenes look at some of the custom mounts & GoPro accessories I use to make the most out of traveling with this amazing little camera.
Another useful GoPro travel accessory worth carrying is a hand-held camera extender which allows you to capture video or photos of yourself from hard-to-reach angles. There are a few different brands available, like the QuickPodand XShot.
However my personal favorite setup these days is a GoPole Grenade Gripwith a GoPole Arm Extension. This amazing combination is strong, light, portable, & waterproof. The GoPole grip includes a leash too.
In my opinion you really don't need one that slides to different lengths. My GoPole setup allows me to do other things too, like attach the extension arms to a helmet or kayak for very unique & secure camera angles.
GoPro Tips & Tricks
After 4 years of experience using a GoPro, I've learned a few things that will improve the quality of your videos & photos.
TIP #1: Keep it steady! Because these cameras are so small, it's easy to move it around wildly. But slow and steady shots make the best videos. Try to hold on with 2 hands if possible. Always remind yourself to move slow & smooth.
TIP #2: Unless you have the new GoPro 4 Silver, you won't have an LCD screen to look at. Practice shooting "from the hip". For example, if I want to shoot a selfie of myself, I know that aiming the camera at my chest rather than my face will result in the best composition due to the wide angle.
TIP #3: Use the Time-Lapse mode to capture great selfie photos. This mode automatically takes a photo every .5 seconds after you press the shutter once. You can now move the camera around or change your expression, continuously shooting photos the whole time. You'll end up with way too many photos — just pick the best and delete the rest later.
TIP #4: Just because you own a GoPro does not mean your photos & videos will look exactly like professional ones produced by the company. However you can now learn their specialized techniques with the release of an amazing new book called GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking.
Have fun with your GoPro, it's one of the coolest travel cameras available!
GoPro Travel Videos
Want to watch some of my GoPro travel videos from around the world?
Visit My YouTube Channel Here »
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