Master Your GoPro

With: Mia McCormick Duration: 00h 45m

Learn how to capture the great memories using your GoPro and choose the right mounts to help you achieve your creative goals. First Shot School Instructor Mia McCormick will show you the settings including resolution and frame rate so you can choose the right set up for your shooting situation. You'll learn about all the GoPro modes and when to use each one. Plus learn techniques to get the best video possible from GoPro's wide-angle fixed aperture lens. By the end of this class you'll be excited to start capturing life and making memories with your GoPro.

GoPro Intro
GoPro Intro

Learn exactly what is covered in this class including settings, mounts and techniques.

Duration: 01:20
Hero 5 Users Only
Hero 5 Users Only

This lesson goes over what's different in the Hero 5 camera from previous versions. It covers the new video stabilization, user interface, voice activation mode and quick capture mode.

Duration: 06:14
Rookie Mistakes
Rookie Mistakes

Don't let "rookie" mistakes stop you from capturing great memories. This lesson covers what SD cards to use, pairing your GoPro with the Capture App and using the right mounts.

Duration: 02:23
Choose Your Resolution
Choose Your Resolution

GoPro's have seven different resolutions to choose from. This lesson will help you decide which one will work best for your shooting situation. Are you capturing something moving fast? Will you be shooting continuously for over and hour? Choose the right resolution to capture each memory at it's best.

Duration: 04:45
Choose Your Frame Rate
Choose Your Frame Rate

Choosing the right frame rate for your shooting situation is essential to capturing great footage. Frame rate dictates the way movement looks in your videos, if you can capture slow motion and help you squeak a little extra light in when you are working in low light situations. This lesson explains how to choose the best option for your shooting situation.

Duration: 02:53
Wide-Angle Shooting
Wide-Angle Shooting

Learn what GoPro's three focal lengths are when the widest angle may not always be the best choice. Mia has a few tips here to help make your subjects look their best when working with a wide-angle lens.

Duration: 01:38
Shoot for the Sweet Spot
Shoot for the Sweet Spot

GoPro footage looks best when you shoot for the "sweet spot". Mia explains what that is and why it's a good rule to follow. She also covers a "DIY" mount to help you get the camera to the "sweet spot" when the situation is challenging.

Duration: 01:16
GoPro's Native Modes
GoPro's Native Modes

A camera's native mode is where it naturally captures the best footage possible because all of the camera sensor's pixels are being captured. GoPro has a few of them depending on your shooting situation. Here's a quick list.

Duration: 00:30
What is Superview
What is Superview

Superview is GoPro's answer to those situations where it's really hard to get your full body in the frame. This is especially challenging when you have the camera attached to any type of board.

Duration: 01:39
What is Protune
What is Protune

Protune is GoPro's more advanced shooting mode. It unlocks access to a few settings that allow you to control things like ISO limit, color, exposure compensation and more. This is the mode to choose if you plan to do a lot of post processing work on your footage with editing software.

Duration: 02:54
GoPro Audio
GoPro Audio

The quality of audio that you can capture with a GoPro depends on the model that you have, if you are using it in or out of the waterproof housing, and if you are using it with a microphone. Mia will go over all of the options with examples.

Duration: 01:46
Photo Mode
Photo Mode

GoPro cameras can shoot 12Mp still images. Learn some tips to capturing great photos and working with GoPro's night mode (select models).

Duration: 01:33
Shooting Timelapse
Shooting Timelapse

Timelapse is one of GoPro's most popular modes. Learn how your shooting conditions can affect which interval you choose. Plus Mia explains when it may be best to choose the video timelapse option over the photo option.

Duration: 03:45
Photo Burst Mode
Photo Burst Mode

When you need 30 images in a hot second - burst mode to the rescue! Learn how it works and some examples of when to use it.

Duration: 00:47
Underwater Shooting Tips
Underwater Shooting Tips

This is the first lesson that is shooting situation specific. The following lessons in this class mimic this same style. This lesson covers the best settings for underwater shooting plus some tips and mounts that may help too.

Duration: 02:37
Snow Sports Shooting Tips
Snow Sports Shooting Tips

Here are a few easy tips that will help you capture the best footage possible when you are shooting in snow.

Duration: 01:33
Automobile Shooting Tips
Automobile Shooting Tips

Learn a few things you can do to improve the quality of the footage you capture when you are shooting from/in automobiles.

Duration: 01:10
Capturing Events
Capturing Events

GoPro's are great for capturing events. They can add unique perspectives to a video project that are interesting and engaging. Here a few tips and mounts to try for your next event shoot.

Duration: 02:25
Bicycle/Motocross Shooting Tips
Bicycle/Motocross Shooting Tips

Learn a few tips to help capture great footage while riding a bicycle, motorcycle or anything in between.

Duration: 01:47
Music Tips
Music Tips

GoPro's can give an interesting perspective to capturing a musical performance. Here are a few tips to help you get the best images in lower light situations plus a few mounts that will add some creative angles to your next music shoot.

Duration: 02:30

Mia McCormick is a creative instructor with expertise in video production, editing and visual storytelling. Her classes, tutorials and reviews circulate through dozens of industry websites. Mia was introduced to drones early on and created “ground school” videos to bring people up to speed on flying and capturing video from the air. Her classes on Mastering the DJI Inspire 1 and Phantom series drones are available at B&H Photo and Video.

Before transitioning to online education Mia spent a decade covering some of the world’s largest stories for TV news. She is an award winning journalist and that experience allowed her to develop a communication style that is clear and simple. Mia is focused on creating platforms for the voices of women in film and photography. She produces the “She Tech” portion of the blog and is currently collaborating with B&H on an interview series the follows influential women in the industry.

Mia enjoys photographing the many expressive faces of her son Max, hiking with her husband John and really anything that brings her family together with nature.

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