Adventure Tips: 6 GoPro Shots for Beginners

6 GoPro Shots for Beginners

This list of 6 GoPro shots and accompanying tips on how to capture the moment will assist in first time videographers getting the best shots using your new action cameras. These shots will help you tell the story of your epic adventure as only you experienced it.

The reason we love videos taken using GoPro is because of the different perspective gained by strapping the tiny camera to any and everything available. This list is an entry into the shots that make the most epic video edits possible. By diversifying your shot list, you will be able to tell a story of the action as you experience it. Use this resource to get creative and have fun stepping up your GoPro game.

Action Selfie

This is the go to shot for capturing yourself in action. Using a GoPole Reach or other device to distance yourself from the camera and capture more of the environment as you move through it

photo: Katie Eberle

The commonly referred to “GoPro on a stick” is key here. No matter the incarnation of GoPole that you have, get the shot from varying distances for more diverse footage.

Point of View

Use a helmet cam or the GoPro Chesty to capture the action as you see it. This shot gives you a first person point of view while capturing the moment.

Imagephoto: Alex Chacon

For more variety here combine the GoPro on a stick with your backpack or hydration pack. By having the pole extended and camera pointing back down at you, get a unique perspective. This shot is a great alternative to the helmet cam, as it is usually much steadier.

Time Lapse

A very cool feature that comes standard with the GoPro camera and accompanying software. Set your camera to snap a picture every 5 or 10 seconds. By stitching these pictures together using the free GoPro Studio software you will get a time lapse video that adds a unique perspective on your shooting.

Imagephoto: Tom Cascino

You will have to download the software from GoPro’s website for this one. But the added depth provided by this shot is fully worth it. Step this shot up by attaching your camera to an egg timer. The slow rotation will add a panning effect, adding even more depth to the shot. Here is my ultra cheap owl timer and owlcam footage


Place your camera in a position to capture all of the action from start to finish. Set up far enough away so that you can see all of the action as it unfolds. This will be your base shot and acts as an overview of the story, while the others go into the detail of storytelling. This shot gives you a view of everything that is going on.

Imagephoto: Jave Valdez

Though this is the most basic shot, it does not have to be boring. Find something unique in the foreground or background that will add to the story and keep the viewer’s attention until the action gets up close and personal.


Capture the action up close. Get creative in your camera mounting and focus on capturing a moving component along side a static feature. By combining the world passing by, the moving component, and a static feature to focus on, this shot is great for cutting and telling the story of your adventure.

Imagephoto: Nich Lubsen

My favorite shot to get, the details are best captured using equipment like the Jaws Flex Clamp. I believe that this shot allows for the most creativity. The details in the action are a key you making a great looking video. Play around until you capture that perfect story-telling detail.

Action Angles

This is where you can get really creative with camera placement and shot planning. Figure out the areas in which you will passing by and have the camera set up to catch you in motion. This shot works really well of you can see the subject coming from the distance, and then see them pass the camera really close by. If you can take multiple runs, get the subject both coming and going. Just turn the camera 180 degrees and fly by it one more time to achieve this shot sequence.

Imagephoto: Will Posey

Use this shot to get both high and low perspectives of the action. Don’t be afraid to strap the camera up on a tree, or have it leaned against a rock on the ground. I would get more shots from down low, but mix it up and stay creative.

Tips for Shooting

The great thing about the GoPro is that it is small and light enough to be set up practically anywhere using a wide variety to accessories. Whether you are a diy duct-tape guy or a pro-gearophile this list will assist in getting that  shots that you see in the bad ass video edits.

Creativity is key. This doesn’t mean you have to be able to paint a masterpiece or write a symphony, but if you can think up a unique angle or line of sight your footage will stand out against the crowd. Visualize, or use the GoPro app to gain an insight into composition to get the shots that you want.

The more angles the better. For example, the first shot listed is the Action Selfie, if using an adjustable GoPole, take the time to get shots from close, medium and further distances from you. Maintaining this mentality will give you more options when editing the video at the end of the day.

ImagePhoto: Travis Burke


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