Making a cool video of your fishing trip is easy with a GoPro - as long as you keep in mind some basic techniques. We talked to GoPro enthusiast and fishing hobbyist Elliot Giles about what makes for a really good fishing GoPro clip / still collection.
Here are some of the tips and tricks we came up with.Fishing video is great for slow motion clips. For best results shoot at 60fps at 1080p. This will give a high enough frame rate so that any slow motion will look smooth, but still provides for the highest quality video so you can see everything clearly.
- The ability to slow things down comes in handy when you pull in a fish, or a quick critter flashes past the camera. Slow motion will give you a longer, clearer view of the action than just playing at normal speed. Recording at 60fps, and then slowing down to 30 or 24 in editing will enable great, smooth slow motion fish footage.
- For taking still photos, it's good to get more shots than you really need. For example, using the 30/3 photo burst mode is a good option. This takes a large amount of photos, along with a longer total elapsed time - so you capture more of the action, and have a higher chance of getting that great shot when taking many pictures of the same thing. If you only tried to take one photo at the perfect time, you might miss the action or get a blurry shot. Taking more photos of the same action will give more of a chance to capture the perfect moment.
- For shooting on shore, filming with a longer pole is a good way to get good photos or footage. A longer pole mount allows for a wider range in the camera view, so you'll get a broader view of everything you're looking at.
- If shooting on a boat, a "medium" sized pole mount is great. Something under 40" in length allows you to move around easily, and still capture footage in and out of the water quickly if necessary. The pole allows you to dunk the camera into the water where the fish will be without having to take an awkward position on the boat. It also allows for more security, as a long pole with a lanyard is much easier to maneuver than just holding the GoPro in your hands.
- The best way to get photos of fish that have just been caught, is to have a friend release it slowly while you submerge the GoPro to get the shot of the fish taking off. Again, 60fps at 1080p or 30/3 photo burst mode are your best bets.
- The best way to get the shot you want is to mount your camera at the end of a pole, and change the camera settings to allow you to film upside down. This way it's easier to get the camera closer to the subject without having to back away yourself or hold the pole in an awkward angle.
- The easiest way to get steady footage is to use a pole mount, or a small grip, and attach the GoPro to the end of it. Holding the pole steady and taking longer bits of action is a good way to capture the best footage. Shaking a lot or changing angles too much will make the footage look restless and unpolished. Keep your camera pointed at the same thing for at least 3-5 seconds before moving to a new angle if possible.
- Above water, the same rule applies as before. Start with the camera just above the water line as a friend holds the fish just above the water also. When he submerges the fish just below the water, lower your camera at the same time. This gives you a great view of the fish's point of view in that situation as he swims off!
- When editing, try to match up your music to the action in the footage. The key is not to have too much footage in a video clip. After 3 or 4 minutes, most people will be bored. Alternate longer shots with shorter, faster cuts - this will keep the footage interesting. Also try to make your clip a "story" - nothing elaborate, but it's better you start with an establishing shot of where the fishing trip takes place, and who the characters there are, rather than just a quick collection of random clips from your trip. The more effort and thought you put into it, the better your clip will be!
Thanks again to Elliot Giles for his input in creating this article.