How to take your GoPro pics and make them amazing!

You can easily take your GoPro Hero, turn it on, shoot, and post.  You’ll have a decent video, or a nice image.  But with a few adjustments you can have something that’ll transform this (left) to THIS (right)!

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Step 1.  Widen it out

The first step is to shoot all your pics in the 12 MP wide setting.  Because it will grab so much of the field of view, you want to be much closer than you normally would be, and it really helps to use the wifi connection to the GoPro app so that you can preview your image.  Now, your image on your screen is going to look different than it will when you take your picture, and that’s ok.  The picture will look much better and brighter.  So don’t be alarmed if the preview on your phone doesn’t look good.  Whenever possible you should use a tripod or other mounting device.

Step 2.  Protune is the way to go

Protune is a great way to adjust your picture taking.  Here’s how I set up my GoPro Hero 4 Black:

Inside

  • 12 MP Wide
  • Spot Meter:  ON
  • Protune:  ON
  • White Balance 5500K
  • Color:  GoPro
  • ISO Limit:  200 or 400
  • Sharpness:  low
  • EV COMP:  +0.5 OR +1.0

On the water (during daylight hours)

  • 12 MP Wide
  • Spot Meter: ON
  • Protune: ON
  • White Balance:  AUTO
  • Color: GoPro
  • ISO Limit: 800
  • Sharpness: LOW
  • EV COMP: -0.5

3.  Learn to filter

The most important piece of creating any beautiful photo is to know how to properly edit and filter it.  Do too much and it’ll be grainy or over saturated.  Do too little and you can lose the essence of the moment you’re trying to capture.  This is essential because if you notice above, the Sharpness setting is always on LOW for me, because I prefer to adjust that myself later, and I don’t want it overdone.  Most people want to post their pics to Instagram when they’re done, and the best way to be sure your picture will fit without being cropped is to open it in Photoshop and adjust the size to 3000 x 3000 mp (pixels).  This is the size of the square in Instagram.  But only do this after you’ve added filters or adjusted the color balance.  Knowing what filters to use can be hit or miss.  I use Photoshop and edit in the Camera Raw filter.  This allows me to have a step by step adjustment that is unavailable from simple apps.  I am also able to create my own settings and save them as filter presets for pictures I take later.  When I’m on the go and not near my computer, Google Plus has some great options that allow me to do some pretty cool things that work well for some pictures I take.  You’ll have to try different filters inside that app until you get the desired effect you’re looking for.

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4.  What works for me, might not work for you

We are all looking for ways to make our images look better.  Photoshop is great, but maybe it’s not for you.  If you have better tools, post them below in your comments.  If you have other questions or would like me to help you with greater detail about how I edit pictures, comment below!

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