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  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 432
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5525-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5525-4

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

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Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Shooting High-Resolution Photos with Your GoPro Hero


Video: How to Shoot Underwater Photos and Video Using the GoPro Hero Camera

Video: Introduction to the LIVE4 GoPro Mobile App

Video: Using Optional Accessories with the GoPro Hero Cameras

Video: Using the Time Lapse Video Shooting Mode with Your GoPro Hero4 Camera

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Table of Contents

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


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