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GoPro Athlete Tips and Tricks: Water Photography with Anthony Walsh (Ep 7)

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Hey I’m Anthony Walsh, and today I’m here to show you GoPro Tips and Tricks series on how to prep your camera for water photography. First step, make sure you’ve got a battery. Plenty of times I’ve jumped in the water and I’ve had a flat battery and the session’s good, I’ve had to run in and out and miss waves. Next thing you really want to have, make sure you’ve got an SD card. That’s a huge key. Then, with a towel, you really want to clean your lens. I’ve had shots and there’s been fingerprints on my shots and it just totally ruins the shot. Then inside, you want to clean inside, outside of the lens really good, put it up to the light and you can see if there are any fingerprints or anything in there. Next, since you’re in the water, well I live in Hawai’i, so it’s really humid here, so you need to have the anti-fogs so you don’t get a foggy screen.

Just put them in there like that, it goes underneath, close it. When you’re closing it, really make sure that your seal is done up tight, there’s no sand, there’s no dirt or anything like that because otherwise you’ll get water in your housing and ruin the camera. Any time you’re in the water you need to use a GoPro floaty back. It’s an absolute must. The camera doesn’t float on its own, so you really need to use that. Now that you’re all prepped and ready to go, let me run you through a few modes, specific to what you want to shoot. I shoot a lot of Instagram, so I like to use the wVGA mode, 240 frames per second. It’s the highest frame rate, so when you do slomo you can really make it look super smooth.

The resolution is low, so you can’t really stretch it out, but on your phone it looks great. For Youtube and Vimeo, I like to use the 720p 120 frames per second. You get a lot better quality, it’s perfect for the computer screen, 720p. It’s still high frame rate, 120 frames, so it still looks really good for slomo. I really love the video mode on the GoPro, but my favorite is the photo mode, the burst mode. 30 photos a second, no other camera does that. So, when you’re coming to the wave, the wave is coming in, you want to have the camera really steady, especially in low light. There’s a short delay, press the button just before the moment you want and it will run for a whole second. I’m Anthony Walsh, thank you for watching GoPro Tips and Tricks, until next time.

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