Weekending with the GoPro

You don’t need to be an extreme downhill skier to have fun with a GoPro

I think GoPro’s marketing is brilliant… and while I am a teeny bit on the fray of their target market of millennial outdoor adventurers (both in age and lifestyle) I bought into the concept and bought a GoPro for spring break.

Things I immediately loved: one click to video or hold for 3 seconds to take a series of photos. No fiddling with settings. It’s just press a button, point and capture. Raw footage. I don’t even have a screen to view so I actually participate in what we’re doing while holding the camera, rather than viewing what we’re doing on a screen of a camera. (Mom photographers, you know what I’m talking about!)

The one thing that shocked me: holy tiggets! the quality! Vibrant colors, clear imagery on photos, and sharp video. Somehow, this little camera captures excellent photos and videos without the need to adjust exposure. How does it do that?? It doesn’t matter. It just does.

As a photographer who likes to shoot candids straight from the camera with little patience for staging, styling, or editing, this camera is the best for family outdoor excursions and travel. Plus, the video editing app, Quik (free), creates the coolest videos with minimal effort by piecing together 3 second clips and pairing with music beats. It automatically removes the sound – if you prefer – and creates simple, cool videos in minutes. I’ve tried several video editing apps and this is by far superior to all of them if you want to create a fast-moving video with a fun song. The transitions, title intro, and video style are part of the templates.

So my process is to download the videos (wirelessly) to my iPhone from the GoPro, select the video files I want to use in a video, and Quik creates it. I have a lot of control if I want on the clips, sounds, etc. – or I can have the app magically create a video for me.

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