GoPro Tips & Tricks

Tips and tricks related to using GoPro cameras for shooting video, photos, and timelapse.


Photo taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black

Are GoPros Waterproof?

Newer GoPro models use a design where the camera body is waterproof without the need for a separate housing. Older models used a different design that required an external housing to be waterproof.

GoPro HERO5 Black and HERO6 Black as Webcam

How to Use a GoPro HERO6 or HERO5 Black as a Webcam

You can use a GoPro HERO6 and HERO5 Black as a webcam or for real-time capture to a computer. But it’s not quite as simple as just plugging your camera in with a USB cable. Here’s a guide on how to do it.

GoPro HERO7 Black

GoPro HERO7 Black FAQs

This is a rolling list of questions and answers related to shooting with the GoPro HERO7 Black.

GoPro HERO8 Black

GoPro HERO8 Black FAQs

This is an ongoing and growing list of common questions on shooting with the GoPro HERO8 Black.

GoPro HERO6 Black vs HERO5 Black

Is the GoPro HERO6 Waterproof?

The GoPro HERO6 Black is waterproof without the need for a separate housing. But you can add even more waterproof protection with a protective housing.

Photos Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black

The GoPro HERO7 Black can be a fun camera to shoot photos with. Here’s a collection of photos I’ve taken with the GoPro HERO7 to give a sense of what it’s like for everyday shooting.

GoPro Zoom

Can You Zoom In On a GoPro?

Do GoPros have zoom? Yes, some of the newer models do, but there are some limitations that are worth knowing. Here are some examples.

How to Make a GoPro Float

There’s a good chance you’ll be wanting to take your GoPro in the water. But you’ll find out pretty quickly that GoPros don’t float. So here’s a rundown of options for keeping your GoPro afloat.

DJI Osmo Action Camera

Video Modes of the DJI Osmo Action

Now that I’ve been out shooting with the new DJI Osmo Action, here’s a detailed rundown of its features and capabilities for shooting video.

GoPro HERO7 Black Wet

Tips for Using GoPros In & Around Water

One of the great things about GoPros is that they’re fearless around water. Here are some tips for getting better results when shooting in and around the water.

GoPro HERO5 Black vs HERO5 Session

Is the GoPro HERO5 Waterproof?

Both cameras in the GoPro HERO5 lineup are waterproof without the need for a separate housing. But you can add even more waterproof protection with a protective housing.

GoPro Power Button HERO7

How Do You Turn on a GoPro Without Recording?

If your GoPro begins recording as soon as you turn it on, you’re probably starting it in QuikCapture mode. Here’s how to turn on your GoPro without the recording beginning immediately.

GoPro HERO7 Lock Screen

How to Lock the Screen on a GoPro HERO7

If you find that you’re accidentally touching the back screen and changing shooting modes when shooting with the HERO7 cameras, here’s how to lock the screen to prevent accidental changes.

Gopro Burst Mode Example Sequence

GoPro Burst Mode vs Continuous Photo

The Burst Mode and Continuous Photo functions on GoPros are useful ways to capture fast-moving action. Here’s a rundown of how they work, how they’re different, and what options are available.

Do GoPro Files Work in Lightroom?

Wondering whether GoPro photo and video files are compatible with Lightroom? You’re in luck. Not only do they work, but Lightroom works especially well with GoPro RAW image files.

GoPro SuperPhoto header

What is GoPro SuperPhoto?

SuperPhoto is one of the photo options on recent GoPro Black edition cameras. Here’s a rundown of what it does and how to use it.

What is GoPro SuperView?

SuperView is GoPro’s widest field of vision available when shooting standard video. Here’s what it looks like.

GoPro Protune Settings Explained

Here are straightforward explanations of what each setting does and when to use it, as well as showing what Protune settings are available on which GoPros.

Video Modes of the GoPro HERO7 Black

Here’s a rundown of the various video modes and options available on the GoPro HERO7 Black, including resolutions, framerates, resolutions, and special shooting options like Protune.

How to Control the HERO (2018) Remotely

Although the GoPro HERO (2018) isn’t compatible with the Remo or Smart Remotes, there are still a couple of ways to control the camera remotely out of the box.

Photo taken with a GoPro HERO5 Black

JPG vs RAW on the GoPro Cameras

On the GoPro HERO9, HERO8, HERO7 Black, HERO6, and HERO5 Black, you can choose between two image formats for still photos: JPG and RAW (.gpr). Here’s a quick overview of what the difference is and when to use which.

Photo taken with a GoPro HERO5 Black

Can You Take Pictures with a GoPro?

GoPros are best known for video, but yes they most certainly can take still photos. All GoPros can take still photos as JPGs. Some of the newest models can shoot RAW as well.

How to Convert HEVC Files from a GoPro

If you’re getting an error message on your computer when you try to open a video shot on the GoPro HERO10, HERO9, HERO8, HERO7, or HERO6 Black, it might be because it isn’t compatible with the HEVC (H.265) codec used in some of those cameras’ video modes. Here are some workarounds.

GoPro HERO6 Black FOV Options & Examples

Here’s a rundown of the field of view options available in the GoPro HERO6 Black. Some FOV settings have been removed and replaced by the new zoom. Others are only available in some shooting modes.