You’ve managed not to splurge during your last vacation and instead bought the new GoPro Hero6 with the money saved. Now make the most of it with these simple tips, so that your next vacation pictures look twice as nice.
One of the most common things one can get wrong while using this gadget is when shooting in different light conditions. While there are a host of settings to play with, they can leave a first-time user confused. But you can easily master them, if you follow these tips.
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Don’t Under-rate, Frame Rate
This is more of a personal choice. While I love the shallow depth of field effect in my videos, you might like your videos to be more fluid, aka TV show-like, instead of being cinematic. You can change the frame rate by tapping on the FPS area on the bottom of the screen. You can pick from as low as 24fps (frames per second), all the way up to 240fps. It's important to know that the higher the frame rate, lesser is the amount of light that can enter the sensor, which could end up making your photos look dull.
When you set the frame rate at 24fps, GoPro will take 24 shots in one second. As you crank up the fps to 240, it will take 240 shots in a second, which means there is very little time for light to enter the sensor. Hence, when you need to shoot at a higher framerate (slow-mo), make sure the area is well-lit or your shots will end up looking darker.
Bottom-line is choose higher frame rates (120, 240fps) when you shoot in daylight or well-lit indoors and choose a lower frame rate (24, 30, 60fps) when you shoot at dawn or dusk or in areas that are not well-lit.
Make Friends with EV Comp
Exposure Value Compensation (EV Comp) is a great way to quickly brighten or darken a shot/video. This is helpful when shooting something in dying light or when you need to cut down the midday glare. Swipe left and tap on the EV Comp area to change the setting according to the light situation.
Lead a White Balanced life
Ever wonder how that stunning landscape, with waterfalls and blue skies, looked so dull and off-colour when you downloaded the shot? The culprit could be your camera’s White Balance settings. While it is okay to shoot in ‘Auto’ mode for most purposes, it's better to manually check the preview on-screen and then shoot. Start with 2300K and keep scrolling up until your frame looks right. While the top end will give the image a cooler, blue-tinged look, bumping the White Balance to 6500K will make it look much warmer. Experimentation is key!
Ringside with ISO vs Noise
ISO is a measure of the sensitivity of the camera’s sensor to incoming light. When you take a picture, the shutter opens momentarily and light passes into the image sensor and this is where ISO comes into play. ISO is denoted by numbers and on the GoPro Hero6 you can go from a lowly ISO 100, to a low-light busting ISO 6400.
Keep the lowest possible ISO when there is ample light available, like when you are shooting in broad daylight, or indoors that are beautifully lit. You will eventually have to start cranking up the number as the light starts to die, that is if you don’t plan to use an external flash. Increasing the ISO to 6400 will ensure that you will be able to capture more light as the sensor’s sensitivity is now maxed out. However, as you push the ISO higher, your images/video will exhibit more and more noise/grain.
Therefore, when you shoot during the day, keep the ISO at bare minimum, ISO 100 will do just fine and crank it up only as required as you move to dimly-lit areas.
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