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How to get the most from pour POV camera

[ 0 ] Posted by on December 8, 2017

point of view camera

Point of view (POV) cameras are the gadget everyone’s talking about. Also known as action cameras, they’re usually used to capture an adventure or event up close in a hands free manner. They’re referred to as point of view cameras because they’re often mounted on helmets so that they show the “point of view” of the person wearing the helmet. This technique has been used in movies for many years, to show the point of view of a character (and sometimes even of an animal). Now, however, consumers can try their hands at point of view filming, with today’s technologically advanced POV camera.

These tips will help you get the most from your camera.

Choose the Right Mount

You might not realize just how much the actual mount will affect your filming. For example, it might seem like a good idea to mount a camera on the handlebars of a bike. In practice, however, that mounting may result in a much choppier film than if you’d mounted it to a helmet or chest mount. It’s a good idea to do a short test run with a few different mounting strategies.

Film Constantly

The best way to improve your action camera use is to practice. As with most skills, the user needs to be very familiar with the equipment and tools they’re using in order to get the best results. While helmet cameras are typically mounted on top of the head, figuring out exactly how to aim the shot isn’t always as intuitive as it seems. So, especially when you’re just starting out, it’s important to film, film, and film some more just so you get the hang of it.

Reshoot from Other Angles

One way you can make your video more dynamic is to add in footage shot from other angles. If you’re filming a bike ride down a mountain, find a convenient spot to stop and move the camera to a different mount, or even have a buddy wear it to get a shot of you riding ahead. You can even backtrack a bit in your journey to get the “same” action twice from different angles. It’ll give you more to work with while editing, too, which is always helpful.

Top of the Head Isn’t Always Best

While this guide has already encouraged you to be creative with where you mount your camera, this refers specifically to filming true point of view shots. That is, shots which are supposed to show exactly what you’re seeing. Because it can be so difficult to get a good result with helmet top mounts, consider trying a side mount that’s level with your eyes. Aiming the camera where you want to film feels much more natural this way.

Take Photos

Don’t ignore the photo capabilities of your point of view camera! Most have some great still shot capabilities, allowing you to set the number of photos automatically captured per second or minute. This can allow you take great time lapse slideshows, and it’s even helpful when taking portrait shots. If you blink, it’s no big deal, because the camera’s taken thirty different shots, and you’re not blinking in at least one of them.

Plan Your Filming

When you’re not practicing and you have a particular shoot in mind, plan ahead. Think about how you’re going to edit the final film, where your transitions will be, and what the high points of the finished film will be. If you shoot with these transitions and key points in mind, you’ll have a better end result. That doesn’t mean you need to give up on all spontaneity, however. After all, spontaneous shooting is part of what makes a POV camera so fun to film with. Just have a bit of direction when you go out to make a film.

Stay Close

If you’re using the camera to film a person, object, or animal, rather than simply using it to capture your point of view, you should stay relatively close to what you’re trying to capture on film. That’s because these cameras use very wide angle lenses. As a result, they have a wide field of view, which is excellent for capturing POV. However, it tends to lead to something like a fish eye effect: things closer to the lens are disproportionately magnified, while things farther from the lens shrink. As a result, you’ll want to stay no more than 10 or 12 feet away from who you’re filming, if they’re the point of the film.

Let Your Camera Go On a Solo Adventure

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be your dog, running through a field of grass? Well, if you have a patient enough dog, you can find out using your POV camera. Remote control planes and cars are other fun options for getting footage you never could otherwise. And it’s not just about seeing things from their POV. Why not drive an RC car around a barbecue and tell people to wave and say hi when they see it coming? So much more creative than taking a ton of cell phone photos at the family reunion.

Edit, Edit, Edit

If you’re going through the trouble to take all of these recordings, you’ll want to have something to show for it. Editing your footage is absolutely necessary in order to present a polished result. Editing lets you compile the most exciting parts of your film. More importantly, however, it lets you cut out the boring stuff. It’s inevitable that you’ll film some boring moments, because you can’t always predict when something awesome will happen. That’s fine, because you can remove the downtime when you edit.

Have Fun

No matter what else you do with your POV camera, have fun! If you’re too worried about making a great film, you’ll be too caught up in technique to take advantage of the real benefits of these rugged little cameras. They’re ready to go anywhere, so take one on an adventure!

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