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10 Reasons Travelers NEED a GoPro

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section” background_image=”http://everyqueer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Untitled-design-5.png” transparent_background=”off” background_color=”#ffffff” allow_player_pause=”off” inner_shadow=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” padding_mobile=”off” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” make_equal=”off” use_custom_gutter=”off”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_divider admin_label=”Divider” color=”#ffffff” show_divider=”off” height=”200″ divider_style=”solid” divider_position=”top” hide_on_mobile=”on”] [/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” max_width=”620px” text_font=”PT Sans||||” text_font_size=”72″ text_text_color=”#000000″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_margin=”0px||0px|” text_line_height=”1.1em” text_font_size_last_edited=”on|tablet” text_font_size_tablet=”52″ header_text_color=”#000000″] 10 REASONS TRAVELERS NEED A GOPRO [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” max_width=”620px” text_font=”PT Serif||||” text_font_size=”24″ text_text_color=”#363636″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_margin=”10px||0px|” text_line_height=”1.4em” text_font_size_last_edited=”on|tablet”] Okay- Maybe capitalizing the NEED in the title was dramatic. But my favorite travel purchase of all time is my GoPro. I’m not sponsored by them – they don’t pay me a dime. I used affiliate links in this article but I wrote this article just because I love my GoPro Hero4 Silver THAT much. They’ve released a newer model the GoPro Hero 5 in the last couple of months. I will be upgrading in the near future, but not because I’m dissatisfied with the Hero4 – purely because we love ours so much that we’d like to have two for capturing different angles while we’re on the road. My only regret with my GoPro is that I didn’t invest in one sooner. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off” transparent_background=”off” background_color=”#f7f7f4″ allow_player_pause=”off” inner_shadow=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” padding_mobile=”off” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” make_equal=”off” use_custom_gutter=”off”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” custom_padding=”50px|||” padding_mobile=”on” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off” parallax_1=”off” parallax_method_1=”off” column_padding_mobile=”on” custom_padding_tablet=”17px|||” custom_padding_last_edited=”on|tablet”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://everyqueer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/14445216_734646826289_1224938417212151157_o.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”off” sticky=”on” align=”center” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_image][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_text_color=”#363636″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” text_font=”PT Serif||on||” text_font_size=”16″ text_line_height=”1em” custom_margin=”20px||0px|”] This photo is a still from a GoPro Video. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” custom_padding=”0px|||” padding_mobile=”on” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off” parallax_1=”off” parallax_method_1=”off” parallax_2=”off” parallax_method_2=”off” column_padding_mobile=”on”][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

 

1. Waterproof

 

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2. Movement

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3. Discreet

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Big DSLR Cameras are amazing for taking wildly gorgeous photos. Honestly, I’d love to take a course in how to work one so that I can create those gorgeous photos and videos you see all over the internet. They’re also really large and generally attract attention, particularly when you’re in developing countries. GoPros are small and can be hidden very easily when you’re in a bind. They’re a safer option for those who are concerned about travel safety.

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4. Budget Friendly -ish

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Okay- Okay- They’re not THAT cheap. Let’s be honest. The GoPro Hero 5 will set you back about $400 USD and they tend to upgrade the cameras every few years with the latest technology. BUT – They’re WAY cheaper than most DSLR cameras. If you’re looking for something fun with a light price tag that will still take great photos and video- I’d go with a GoPro.

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5. Versatile

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I love the diversity of shots we’re able to get with our GoPro. We’re way more likely to clip it to things, balance it on an edge, or do random jump shots with it than our Nikon J1 because it’s harder to break and has a ton of accessories. It might be psychological- but the impact is the same- we get more creative and honestly have more fun with it.

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These photos are both stills from GoPro video. PS: follow me on IG

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6. Professional Quality

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GoPro has the ability to shoot 4K quality video which is what professionals use when they’re shooting for TV. If that’s too much for you, it’s totally cool. You can change the settings to make the files smaller and clear up some room on your computer when you upload the files.  

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7. Beautiful Selfies

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By now the famous GoPro fisheye photo have dominated the travel space. It doesn’t have to be a fisheye perspective- the settings allow you to take the curve out of the photos if you’d prefer something more traditional. The wide angle is great for selfies with interesting backgrounds. You’ll get way more background in the photo when you’re using a gopro than any other type of basic camera. Before we got our GoPro we rarely had photos together on our trips because the quality from a selfie stick and an IPhone wasn’t what we were looking for and we were nervous to ask strangers to take photos for us. GoPro is definitely the way to go for traveling couples.

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8. Mounts & Accessories

 

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The possibilities are endless with the various accessories. We have a floating pole, a selfie stick, a chest mount and a variety of other clips and attachments. Some are activity based like the GoPro Scuba Kits, and some are just generic all purpose clips. I’m lusting after the new drone in a real way. My wife Lindsay won’t let me buy it yet – but you can bet there will be endless amounts of cooing on the day I finally get mine in the mail.

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9. The GoPro App

 

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We shoot all our GoPro footage on video, using the GoPro App we’re able to quickly grab the photos we love with almost no effort. We can use the videos for other projects without any weird impacts from grabbing stills. At the end of each day on the road, we upload all the videos to our apps and it preserves the video if our bag got stolen or we- I don’t know dropped it off a cliff or something. knocks on wood

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10. Connects to Wifi

 

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The wifi feature is really cool because it allows you to connect to your camera wirelessly via your phone. You can place your camera in one area, walk away – not too far- let’s not get crazy here- and then watch through your phone to see what is in the camera’s view finder. It’s awesome for making sure your background is right for those epic travel shots. You can also buy a wifi remote for turning the camera on/off and changing the settings from a distance.

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18 Comments

  • Reply Natalie Tanner at 8:08 pm

    I need to consider one for myself. Sometimes I’m alone and selfies are just not my best look! LOL! Thanks for all the tips…..perhaps Santa will bring me one!

    • Reply Meg Cale at 2:20 am

      The wide angle on the gopro is the best for that. It’s far enough out so that you can take awesome pictures but still get the background in the shot.

  • Reply Kristine AARSHEIM at 9:01 pm

    Great post! As if I didn’t already want one…now you’re tempting me to buy one as a Christmas gift from me to me! I also missed out on great photo opportunities under water because I didn’t have a GoPro when I was in the Dominican Republic swimming with sting rays and nurse sharks.

    • Reply Meg Cale at 2:19 am

      Dooooo ittt! Honestly, you won’t be sorry. Especially if you’re looking to do video in the future.

  • Reply Leah Shoup at 9:12 pm

    I’m SO glad I came across this article! I have been on the fence for a long time about getting a Go Pro as I have a DSLR. You’re so right though, they’re worth the price for their size!

    • Reply Meg Cale at 2:19 am

      They’re definitely not going to replace a DSLR in terms of quality photography, but they’re a lot of fun and definitely inspire shots I’d never try with a more fragile camera.

  • Reply MelBTravel at 11:04 pm

    I have an old gopro that you can’t even see what you have taken a picture off and have been half/half about getting a new one or trying something else. Your post has definitely made me want to get a new one now. I never really thought about how far they have come with connecting to wifi through your phone or how versatile that are. Great post and thanks for the tips on the new gopro

    • Reply Meg Cale at 2:18 am

      They’ve come a LONG long long way in the last few years. Makes me really excited for the new models. I’m definitely drinking the koolaid haha

  • Reply Sonia Sahni at 8:46 am

    I just bought my Go Pro last month, and even I think I should have bought it earlier. I am off to South America next month and this is the only camera that I am carrying. Taking a DSLR along for a solo trip is way too much to carry. I also bought the LCD screen and the red filter. The filter does a great job while diving….do you have one?
    Should I invest in the drone as well?

    • Reply Meg Cale at 2:17 am

      They’re still working out the kinks of the drone but when it’s reissued I’ll definitely be buying one. I want that aerial photography/video in the worst way.

  • Reply Neha Verma at 8:47 am

    indeed very useful tips for someone who is looking forward to purchase one. Honest review is a great help for others!!

  • Reply CHRISTIE ✈︎travel photographer at 9:58 am

    Great feedback! I have a GoPro but NEVER use it… This helped remind me why I should and what it’s specifically good for. Camera wifi was the best invention of all time

  • Reply Maja | Mexatia at 4:50 pm

    We bought GoPro few months ago (I insisted), but we are not using it so much as I expected. Do you have some special tips and tricks how to take the best photos? We are still carrying our DSLR, two phones and now a GoPro wherever we go lol.

    • Reply Meg Cale at 2:16 am

      I love recording videos with it in multiple angles and grabbing the stills. If you’re holding it in front of you taking a video of the view, while you’re still recording hold it at multiple angles with you in the photo. So you’ll end up with the option of a landscape photo at different angles and multiple selfies in one video.

  • Reply Arnav Mathur at 11:51 pm

    This is really one of the most convincing articles for taking a Go Pro.After doing a lot of research and figuring out the cost effectiveness in India, my brother and I shortlisted on the Xiomi Action Cam and we managed to get some really awesome pics.My next gift to myself is definitely going to be a Go Pro for sure.

    • Reply Meg Cale at 2:14 am

      Glad to hear it! It’s so versatile.

  • Reply Cheri Ellefson at 2:38 am

    I was at Best Buy the other day before a big Hawaii trip thinking: do I really, really need a GoPro? The still photo-capture from your video answered that question! Thanks!

    • Reply Meg Cale at 2:06 am

      It’s really pretty amazing. Wildly versatile, which is honestly the best feature. Is it going to shoot professional quality DSLR type magazine photos? No- probably not, but it’s a really fun great camera for casual photography.

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