Many surfers like to surf on the large swells of spring, winter, and autumn, but it’s always best to surf in Summer, especially for beginners. It can be your first time surfing or you’re quite old with dings, but it’s decent to capture your best board moves in a film. Today, we will demonstrate a guideline for you regarding GoPro video editing for surfing videos. Let’s get started.
Why a surfer should use GoPro?
You can’t use a camera in the ocean except for having a waterproof housing. But GoPro cameras are crafted for adventures like surfing. In fact, GoPro cameras like Hero5 Session, Hero4 Session, Hero5 Black, Hero6 Black, and the latest Hero are waterproof cameras without even a housing. Size plays an important role while making surfing videos. A heavy camera is nothing but a burden when you’re trying to catch a wave. GoPro cameras are lightweight and you’ll not have to face any problem carrying them.
Which mount is better?
The suction cup type mini tripod is good to use on your board. I liked using Delkin Devices Fat Gecko, personally, But, always keep in mind that it should have a good grip on a flat, wax-free section of the clean board. GoPro produces surfboard mount which is really good to stick straightforwardly onto the deck. You can peacefully use them on minimal, as well as longboard surfboards. It’s ideal to attach the mount on your surfing board before 24 hours of getting off ss that you become sure of good adhesion. Attach it on a flat part of your board, very near to the tip and keep it out of the way of your way of paddling or riding a wave.
Video from Different Angles
It’s wise to take a hand or wrist mount when you’re going on surfing. It lets you grasp your board or paddle freely and the camera remains safe. I would like to recommend you to take GoPro’s Hand + Wrist Strap. You can take videos from different angles as you can rotate the camera in the right position and hold it at your arm’s length.
Which Setting is Ideal for Video Surfing?
You will eventually want the widest angle of view to catch everything at close quarters, even when you have a longboard. If you have a SuperView setting on your camera, utilize it. The whole height of the sensor is used to shoot the footage on this setting and then it also stretches the edges in order to fill the frame. You can record the top and bottom of the frame which you usually can’t with other settings. You have a better setting to record your head and feet while standing on the board. You can use a base setting of 60fps but 120fps is even better for slow-mo replay. It’s really helpful if you’re a beginner at surfing and you can’t stand up for a long period of time. You can make your captures of turns or water sprays stand out.
How to Shoot a Video while Surfing?
It looks quite dull when you shoot from the only angle. It’s always best to catch several waves while trying different camera angles. You should also get yourself covered in the frame along with the direction you’re riding in, the waves, and all. You can also bring some friends at the beach and catch some footage of them while leaving the board on the beach and then ride in. This is also a good approach.
Avoid Water-Drops and Condensation
Water drops will just demolish your footage when it gets on the lens or on the inside/outside of the waterproof housing. Lick out the lens for water drops on the lens or use any hydrophobic surface-applied product. These products are helpful to wipe out the lens when the camera mounted on the board and you can’t reach it.
Preparations and Cautions
Don’t open the GoPro’s port when it’s wet. The battery has to be 100% charged and the SD has to be fresh and formatted. You’ll have the maximum possible recording time by this. On the off chance that you want to keep on recording when the card is full and the battery is dead, then paddle in and make the camera dry and change the card and battery.
It’s very easy to lose the GoPro in the sea. A loose wrist straps, and it’s gone. I’ve learned it from my experience. So, be cautious whenever you make a move with your camera. I hope this guideline will help you on your next trip to the sea. Just be enough confident and make an outstanding video out of your skills.
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