How To Use GoPro Cameras for Surfing

How To Use GoPro Cameras for Surfing

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By Jordan G Hetrick

So, you bought your GoPro camera and are ready to document your ocean-loving lifestyle! But, now what?

GoPro cameras harness A LOT of potential, but cameras and salt water aren’t a natural match. Thanks to the crew at GoPro, we now have these little cameras built tough to handle our active lifestyles. But, just because they won’t break down on you in the surf (as long as you make sure the case is closed) doesn’t mean that they will get the footage you expect right out of the box. A little tried-and-true inside knowledge will help you along the way.

Follow these 5 Tips to help you learn how to use your GoPro camera to record your ocean lifestyle:

TIP #1- KEEP YOUR CAMERA CLEAN. Hero and Hero 2 cameras come with a waterproof case. Everything works well when you first get the camera, but the more you use it, the more likely you are to encounter technical difficulties. That is because sand, dirt or lint will cause your housing to fog up. Take the time to make sure your housing stays clean.

TIP #2- USE ANTI-FOG INSERTS. GoPro makes Anti-Fog inserts that will absorb any extra moisture that might collect in your waterproof housing. They help out a ton. You can put them in the oven for a few minutes after each use to take out any moisture they’ve absorbed. They last for multiple uses, but eventually you will need to replace them with new ones.

TIP #3- KEEP WATER OFF YOUR LENS PORT. The lens port is the part of the waterproof case directly in front of the lens. Licking the lens port will prevent water drops from beading up in front of the lens.

TIP #4- USE A DIVE HOUSING FOR UNDERWATER FOOTAGE. GoPro’s Dive Housing has a flat port on it which will make everything in-focus underwater. The curved lens port that comes standard with the Hero or Hero 2 camera will produce blurry footage underwater. If you plan to use your camera for diving, you need a flat lens port like the one on the Dive Housing.

TIP #5- MOUNT IT RIGHT. When mounting your camera to your board or body, test out the angles to see which one works best for the shot you are trying to achieve. Check out the angle using an LCD BacPac or record a short clip before you go to the beach and watch it so you know what you are getting.

Now, what are you waiting for? Get out there and have fun!

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