GoPro For Diving Tips

Discussion in 'Tips and Techniques' started by flyboy107@gmail.com, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. flyboy107@gmail.com

    flyboy107@gmail.com Nassau Grouper

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    Hey Everyone,

    I just wanted to share some tips on using a GoPro camera for diving.
    First off, a flat lens, or GoPros new dive housing is recommended to fix a blur issue, red filter is optional
    Then, if you want to use the head mount, i reccommend getting a bungie tether so if the camera comes off, its still straped to your BC
    Or, if you dont like the head mount (as i dont, because i dont know what im shooting) you can make a hand mount very simply. Take a GoPro Tripod mount, and a small pocket tripod as shown in the picture, then, along one of the legs, make two open zip ties, already looped, but not tightened, and make a slip know through both (two are used to just be extra cautious) with a cord with with a rubber piece and a tighening thingy (not sure what they are called, lol) this is the same thing most dive lights come with. finally, tighten the two zip ties towards the bottom of the leg, making a wrist strap so you dont lose the camera with your new mount. a LCD backpack may be added so you can see what you are shooting
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    Hope this helps all of you fellow GoPro-ers out there!
     
  2. Bratface

    Bratface Loggerhead Turtle

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    I made my hand mount with the handle of an old dive light, a piece of plastic from my old compass reel, and the surf mount that came with my GoPro. It helps steady the camera when shooting video.
     
  3. Sinclair9

    Sinclair9 Angel Fish

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    Do any of you guys use the gopro for stills, or just for shooting video? I would love to see some stills you have shot with the gopro. I myself am deciding on whether or not to get one, the problem is I mostly want to shoot stills, and it seems the gopro is made mostly for video. Just curious on your thoughts.
     
  4. flyboy107@gmail.com

    flyboy107@gmail.com Nassau Grouper

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    I use mine mostly for video, check out Appomattox five on YouTube, by "nighthawkzero" it turne out great, but when I go on vacation, I plan on picking up the LCD backpack so I can take video an stills better on reefs. I currently don't have any stills to upload, but I can in a few weeks after my vacation, I have taken them before, and as long as you have a flat lens, they turn out great. I love my gopro, and would definitely get one if you plan on doing video or stills, as you can easily go from video to stills on the same dive
     
  5. Lizard Leg

    Lizard Leg Barracuda

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    I love my GoPro - I use the Snake River Prototyping with the SWCY red filter - seems to work pretty good down to 40' or so in clear water. I made my own "poke it with a stick" pole. Let's me get the camera right in their face.

    Pic of the pole:
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    A simple hiking pole, a rubber expansion nut and some 1/4-20 SS hardware from Home Depot, and a tripod adapter from GoPro. I can send pictures and directions if anyone wants.

    GoPro vid -please be kind - this was taken during our OW check out dives and the dives we did right after that. Have used the camera a lot fo snorkeling, free diving, but this is my first shot at scuba video. No color correction - a little bit of contrast in post and edited each clip for length -that's it.

    [video=youtube_share;Tu3WjEXDXqk]http://youtu.be/Tu3WjEXDXqk[/video]
     
  6. danpass

    danpass Barracuda

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    Stills are just ok.

    It's definitely made for video.

    Once you use it enough times you know how to 'aim' to get the desired framing. This does mean though that any new mounting scheme will need a few test shots/clips first, which is how the LCD back comes in handy. I have been considering making one of those box 'gunsites' and attaching it to the gopro.

    Another tip is to charge it up and then close it in an air conditioned or at least dry environment. Do NOT open it on the boat/outside/whatever. The introduction of humidity will fog things up.

    A single battery, no attachments, lasts about 110 minutes. Twin battery set up about 3.5 hrs.
    That's in a hero 2 using 1080p Wide mode.
     
  7. Sinclair9

    Sinclair9 Angel Fish

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    Lizard,

    What did you use for editing? Does it come with editing software?
     
  8. Lizard Leg

    Lizard Leg Barracuda

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    Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11 Platinum - I've been using the Pro version of Vegas for years, but this version is great for editing down simple clips. The GoPro doesn't come with this software, not sure what it comes with now.
     
  9. Bratface

    Bratface Loggerhead Turtle

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    White Spotted Filefish.jpg GOPR0968.jpg

    Sinclair 9, I use my GoPro for video and stills. Here are some photos I took without a red filter. I have recently ordered one. I have the Blurfix flat port attached to my housing and use a monopod that I made. I also have the LCD back which i find useful.

    I originally got the GoPro to carry along and take photos of fish or coral I haven't been able to identify. I wanted a photo to compare to fish ID books. I have found owning a GoPro is a little bit like crack, you just want to do more, more!! It is a versatile camera.
     
  10. Sinclair9

    Sinclair9 Angel Fish

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    Do you know what depth you were at? Were you using any lighting?
     
  11. Sosha

    Sosha Angel Fish

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    Is this with a red filter? Or, were you really shallow?
     
  12. Bratface

    Bratface Loggerhead Turtle

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    Sorry for the late reply Sinclair 9. I took the photograph of the white spotted filefish in 50 feet of water. I did not have any other lighting. I was fairly close to him.

    Sosha, I did not have a red filter at the time. I have one now and find it is useful below 30 feet.
     
  13. Deva

    Deva Angel Fish

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    Hey just wondering if there are any side by side videos of the dive housing & the blur filx liens?? going to be doing alot of diving this winter and going to get a gopro and the dive housing but then started thinging about the flat lens....

    so if you own/used both plz do tell us your thoughts...
    cheers
    Deva

    ---------- Post Merged at 03:29 PM ---------- Previous Post was at 03:27 PM ----------

    oh also does anyone know if there are red filters for the dive housing?
     
  14. Lizard Leg

    Lizard Leg Barracuda

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    My question on video lights - I have a HD Hero (not the Hero II) and normally shoot underwater in R3 with 170º FOV I just can;t seem to find a light that covers the area being filmed, and it seems with that high of a FOV, I won't be able to. Even moving to R5 at 127º FOV that's still a lot of area to cover with a light.

    Does anyone use a light that fills the frame at 170º FOV?
     
  15. tyrerubber

    tyrerubber Angel Fish

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    @ Lizard Leg. I use a SeaLife video light, but just one (too cheap to buy the second, but it'll come) and it is not big enough to cover the entire frame, I'm left with a circle of light that I edit out in stills or leave in the video.

    Check out the lighting on this thread. Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island cjfox has two lights and covers the entire frame, good looking footage.
     
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  16. Lizard Leg

    Lizard Leg Barracuda

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    What Sealife do you use?
     
  17. diversteve

    diversteve Administrator Staff Member

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    You're probably not going to find a video light that provides 170[SUP]o[/SUP] coverage. You really want two to eliminate harsh shadows.

    The widest I've seen is the I-Torch at 110[SUP]o[/SUP] - IDK anything about it. $499. I-Torch Video Pro4 - Dive Torch and Underwater Video Light - 1300 Lumen

    They also have a couple less expensive models with an 80[SUP]o[/SUP] beam. (Video Pro and Pro Mini) The Pro Mini is smaller also so might work better with the GoPro. I-Torch - The Smarter Dive Light - Best LED Dive light technology Video Tech and Recreational Lights

    The Pro Mini is $295. Focus/Video Lights :: Focus Lights :: iTorch Pro-Mini Focus/Video Light -
     
  18. tyrerubber

    tyrerubber Angel Fish

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  19. Noobtastic14

    Noobtastic14 Garibaldi

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  20. jjbooya

    jjbooya Garibaldi

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    hiking pole go pro mount

     

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