Like many of you, I’ve been watching GoPro videos online for quite some time. I’ve been amazed by the versatility and durability of a tiny camera that can capture the experience of riding a wave, completing a Tough Mudder, jumping out of a plane, etc. Still, I didn’t consider investing in a GoPro until I was inspired my Jenna’s Instagram photos. Jenna uses a GoPro to take most of her incredible still photos. Around Thanksgiving, Target gave me the opportunity to borrow a HERO3 White edition. The GoPro was one of their featured gifts for the holidays. It was a great opportunity to see whether I’d want to buy one for myself.
The HERO3 White has fewer bells and whistles than some of the more expensive models, but I knew this model would have more than enough capabilities for me. Like all GoPro editions, the HERO3 White produces professional-quality video and photos, while being mountable and wearable. This edition also has WiFi that allows you to add remote control capabilities and connect to the mobile app. It offers widescreen display, built-in HD, and waterproof housing.
When you open the GoPro packaging, it can be confusing to get started. The camera itself does not have a viewfinder or many buttons because it’s so small. It took me some time to read through the manual and find a setting that would work for action photography on a timer. Over Thanksgiving and Christmas, I played with the Time-Lapse function and set the camera to take a picture every .5 seconds. I would start the camera and put it on a ledge or on the ground, run back and forth a few times, then stop the camera. After every few takes, I would check the photos using the mobile app to see how they were turning out. I have a lot to learn but immediately loved using the GoPro. Before heading back to New York on Saturday, I bought a HERO3 White of my own. I have so many fun ideas for how to use it here in Manhattan and in two weeks at Disney World. Stay tuned!