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GoPro HERO: Shooting Action Sports

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Learn how to get great sports footage with a GoPro HERO camera. Learn how to use wrist, chest, and helmet mounts, record interviews, and protect your camera in the process.

The GoPro HERO was practically built for sports, and not just the extreme kind. It's compact, durable, and produces high-quality footage at a high-frame rate—just the kind of camera you want for shooting fast-moving athletes outdoors. Rich Harrington drops in at the local skate park and shows how to shoot grinds, kickflips, and ollies from multiple angles, including a head mount and an under-the-board point of view. He also shows how to plan for other equipment you'll need, like Steadicam rigs for extra stabilization or clamps and poles to capture interesting angles. Plus, learn how to film interviews on location without having to switch cameras, and set your GoPro to capture overcranked footage. Best of all? The techniques shown only require one camera, so if you have a GoPro, you're good to go.

This course was created and produced by RHED Pixel. We're honored to host this training in our library.


  • Welcome
  • What you'll need for this course
1. Before the Shoot
  • Visiting the location for a site survey
  • Packing for the shoot
  • Initial thoughts about the shoot
  • Onsite review strategies
  • Power-management strategies
  • Personal safety and equipment safety
2. Configuring the Cameras
  • Setting the camera's resolution
  • Working with capture settings
  • Using neutral density filters
  • Protecting the cameras
  • Protecting the cameras with a cage
3. Attaching the Camera to a Skateboard
  • Mounting a camera to the top of the board
  • Mounting a camera to the bottom of the board
  • Using a protective case
  • Safety precautions and risks
4. Handheld Cameras
  • Using chase camera strategies
  • Using a Steadicam Smoothee
  • Using a Steadicam Curve
  • Using a GoPole Grenade Grip
5. Mounting a Camera on the Athlete
  • Using a chest-mount harness
  • Using a head mount
  • Using a wrist mount
  • Mounting a helmet camera
6. Positioning Cameras for Coverage
  • Using Gorillapods
  • Using clamps
  • Using poles
  • Strategies for following the action
7. Capturing Interviews on Location
  • Setting the field of view
  • Lighting
  • Attaching a mic
  • Conducting the interview
8. Capturing High-Frame-Rate Footage
  • When to use high frame rates
  • Limitations on recording with high frame rates
  • Setting the camera for overcranked footage
9. Lessons Learned
  • Top gear from the shoot
  • Techniques to build on
  • Lessons learned the hard way
  • What’s next?

Taught by

Richard Harrington

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