GoPro cameras are excellent but they don't have a built-in tripod mount. You will need to get a specialized quick-release mount to be able to attach your GoPro on the tripod (but stick around and read until the end of the post for a nifty trick on how to mount your GoPro camera without the use of a special adapter).
While you may think that tripods may not be necessary to your GoPro cameras since the latter is usually pretty much used for taking videos while you're out and about! But a tripod is pretty essential since it will keep your shot stable and steady. If you're shooting time-lapses or long exposures, a tripod for your GoPro is definitely required! You may also be tempted to purchase a tripod kit with a built-in GoPro mount. However, since these types of tripods are much smaller in size, they can feel a little limited. They are a great option to keep around, but don't substitute a regular sturdy and reliable tripod for mini GoPro tripod because you can always get yourself the special GoPro mount. Here's an excellent one!
If you need to attach your GoPro camera to your tripod but don't have a mount, here's a great video resource for you to consult with. You could use your smartphone adapter and mount your GoPro on it.
Here are a few more tips and tricks for using your GoPro camera effectively:
- You want to keep your horizon straight in your photos and videos. You can use the waters, roads, and treeline as a point of reference.
- Use the rule of thirds for beautifully captured and detailed photos. By keeping your subject in the right or the left side of the grid, you can add a new layer of perspective.
- While shooting on a tripod is excellent at keeping your shots steady, don't forget to experiment a little with extendable selfie stick for a wide range of shots.
- You can create captivating shots depending on the time of day you head out to shoot. Head out early for light, cool, and soft shots and to get a warm golden sheen for your photos, you'll want to head out during sunrise and sunset, at least an hour or two before.
- For cool perspectives, try framing your subject from different perspectives. When you shoot from the down low or looking up, this can make your subject appear larger. If you're shooting from high up or looking down, your subject can appear smaller.
- Tilt your camera right or left to add an extra dimensions and create a fun look!
- To prevent running out of batteries and missing out on fun and memorable shots, keep extra batteries or carry a battery pack around.
There are many things that you can do with your GoPro camera but the most important advice I can give you is to have fun and not think too much behind it (you'll want to think about composition and framing a little). Just don't forget to have fun!