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Tips for Capturing Incredible Images and Videos with a GoPro

Document All Your Wildest Experiences

If you’re a person who loves the outdoors and making memories on the go, you’ve heard about GoPros and probably own one too. GoPro offers a range of versatile cameras you can use to make memories on your adventurous endeavors.

However, if you’re not a tech-savvy person and still don’t know about GoPros and how to use them, don’t worry at all. Here’s a detailed guide with step by step user guide for all the trending models. So let’s dive in.

How to Use a GoPro

A GoPro camera is affordable and durable. It can help you capture the type of photos you gasp at on social media. Also, some of its models have amazing features like high expanse capturing and remote monitoring systems. Therefore, to make the most of this gadget, you’ll need to be a pro on how to use it.

Unboxing and Setting up Your GoPro

A GoPro is different from any other camera you’ve used before. This means even if you’re an avid photographer, you’ll have to read the instruction manual for your model before you unbox it. Besides that, you’ll need to handle it carefully, so make sure not to rush while removing it from the box.

After you’ve fired the camera up according to the instructions, follow its lead and complete the essential configurations. This includes the date, time and location settings.

Download the App and Install the Media Card

Secondly, install the GoPro app on your phone. It’s a useful app that can give you amazing ideas on how to use your camera, and help you locate it as well. Similarly, if your model has the remote operation function, you’ll need the app for that.

Besides that, you’ll be taking a lot of photos with this little guy. As such, you’ll need to use a fast-operating, high-capacity memory card. A class-8 card would do, but if you can afford a faster one, go for it.

Position Your Lens

Now it's time to begin clicking. But before that, make sure the lens is positioned correctly — don’t point it directly at the sunlight. This can cause a distinctive flare in your photos, which would spoil them.

Set the Camera Angle

GoPro cameras are designed to capture expansive landscapes through their wide-angle cameras. You can shoot videos at an angle of up to 170 degrees. But that’s exactly what you need to watch out for. Wide-angle cameras can produce distorted photos as well.

Make sure to set the camera-back perpendicular to the image you want to capture to minimize distortion.

Regulate the Camera Settings

Lastly, with a GoPro camera, you have a plethora of customizable settings to choose from. And rightfully so, because every time and venue requires a different set of camera adjustments. Make sure your settings are on point every time you begin a new shoot so that each set of photos comes out perfect.

Operating Latest GoPro Models

GoPro cameras have only gotten better since the first GoPro model, the GoPro HERO, came out. The original GoPro had a 2-inch touchscreen with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

It could also shoot high-resolution pictures and respond to voice commands. Following the initial idea, the brand released advanced versions of the model, which included the GoPro HERO7 Black, GoPro HERO6 Black and the GoPro Fusion.

Each of these versatile models varies in image resolution, memory, control efficiency, camera angle customization and shooting speed. However, the basic technique for each of them is more or less the same.

If you have a GoPro camera, here’s a step by step guide to help you click great pictures right away.

Taking Photos

  • Select from the three photo modes
  • Focus your camera on your scene and press the shutter button
  • Press it once for a single photo, or keep it pressed for multiple photos
  • If you’ve set a timer, your screen will show a countdown before the photo is captured
  • When saving your photo, select the settings option to choose the format and size

Taking Videos

  • Select the video option
  • Press the shutter button to start recording and release it when you want it to stop
  • If you have a GoPro HERO7 or GoPro HERO6, you can take looping videos as well
  • In the looping mode, select the time interval and press the shutter button
  • Wait for your perfect shot and press the shutter button when you’re finished — if you don’t, the camera will save the five-minute intervals automatically


  • First, choose whether you want to take a timelapse video, photos or a timewarp video
  • Keep your camera still and let it capture the events by pressing the shutter button
  • Press the shutter button again to stop recording

Uses for the GoPro Camera

With GoPro cameras, you have a lot of options to make your photography interesting. You can use them in extreme conditions while you’re on the go and create exceptional memories.

Here are some ways you can put your GoPro camera to great use.

Mount Anywhere

GoPro cameras are the most versatile and durable cameras you will come across. This means you can mount them in the tightest and weirdest places to get a unique perspective in your videos. For example, you can attach the camera to your bike using a handlebar mount or to the outside of your car using a suction cup mount.

Capture Short Films

Get creative with your filmmaking by mounting your camera on the deck of your yacht or the leash of your dog. The creative options are endless as you figure out new, obscure places to put your camera.

Record Your Skills

You can provide insight into your skills and expertise using your GoPro camera. You can mount the camera at a pivotal point on your piano, gaming PC or sewing machine as well. This can help you make tutorial videos or just show the world how good you are at your given hobby.

Make Extreme Sport Memories

Capturing extreme sports footage has never been easier than with the GoPro camera. Pin it up on your harness or your wrist while scuba diving or skydiving to relive the amazing experience over and over again.

Make It Interesting

When using your GoPro camera, be sure to improvise. For example, if you’re scuba diving and recording yourself, too much plain, underwater footage can bore people. Select the best moments and objects you see and create visually appealing videos and images by using burst or timelapse.

Final Words

There you are! Everything you need to know about a GoPro camera as a beginner is right here. Choose the best model for yourself, start clicking, and get those likes coming in!