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Essential GoPro Time-Lapse Gear

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If you are new to creating time-lapses with your GoPro and are not quite sure what gear you should get, I have put together a list of essential GoPro time-lapse gear and accessories to help you capture stunning time-lapse with your GoPro Hero 5 Black or previous generations. Some of the items listed are more important than others so you can prioritize what is needed and get thing bit by bit when you are able. The GoPro is an amazing camera for capturing time-lapses all by itself, so really all that is needed to start out is your GoPro and a way to mount it in a stable position.

My List Of Must-Have GoPro Time-Lapse Accessories

Item 1 – GoPro Hero 5 Black: The first thing you will need is your GoPro. If you are looking to purchase your first GoPro I recommend going with the Hero 5 Black but really the Hero 4’s are just as good and can still produce incredible results as well.

U.S. – Hero 5 Black: http://amzn.to/2m8cs1v

Canadian – Hero 5 Black: http://amzn.to/2mT3Vzq

GoPro Hero 5 Black.

 

Item 2 – MeFoto Tripod: Probably the most important piece of equipment you will be using when creating GoPro time-lapse is a tripod. I use the MeFoto “RoadTrip” tripod and am very happy with it. It’s light, durable and stable. You have to bonus option of converting it to a monopod if needed. Now you don’t have to go with an expensive tripod if you are just starting out. The are plenty of decent value tripods that will work just fine after all the GoPro is not that heavy of a unit.

U.S – MeFoto Tripod: http://amzn.to/2mGNae2

Canadian – MeFoto Tripod: http://amzn.to/2m7ZDEr

MeFoto RoadTrip Tripod.

 

Item 3 – Anker Power Bank: I always recommend bringing along a power bank while out capturing time-lapses. There is nothing worse than running low on battery power when you are still recording. This is especially a must-have item when creating long night-lapses. Night lapses are general shot longer than day time-lapses and far exceed the Hero 5 Black battery capacity. Plugging into an external charger allows for long overnight time lapses. Anker is my brand of choice when it comes to charging my GoPro. They have several sizes to choose from and charge fast and reliably. Their 10000 mAh power bank is a nice mix of portability and power.

U.S. – Anker Power Bank: http://amzn.to/2m87amv

Canadian – Anker Power Bank: http://amzn.to/2n295ID

 

Anker 10000 mAh Powercore Power Bank.

 

Item 4 – GoPro Jaws Clamp: Whenever I head out to film a time-lapse with my GoPro I always pack the GoPro Jaws Clamp Mount. This mount can be clamped to many things and it is strong and secure. I find that the GoPro Jaws Clamp can be more practical in many situations. If you are going to create a time-lapse of a busy street using a tripod you run the risk of someone bumping it and ruining the entire shot. With the Jaws Clamp, you can mount your GoPro on posts or street signs up high or low but always out of the way. For this reason, it makes it to my list of must-have accessories for creating GoPro time-lapses.

U.S. – GoPro Jaws Clamp: http://amzn.to/2m89VEp

 

GoPro Jaws Clamp Mount

 

Item 5 – GoPro Tripod Mount: This little item is inexpensive but is a must-have item in order to mount your GoPro to your tripod. However, before purchasing one, check the gear you already own. Many GoPro poles and selfie sticks already have one attached to the end that can be unscrewed and mounted to your tripod. Got to save money when you can!

U.S. GoPro Tripod Adaptor: http://amzn.to/2mTqDHC

Canadian – GoPro Tripod Adaptor: http://amzn.to/2mTaemr

 

GoPro Tripod Adaptor.

 

Item 6 – VidPro Motorized Pan Head: The VidPro motorized pan head helps you create dynamic movement in your GoPro time-lapse. This pan head rotates a full 360 degrees but unlike traditional egg timer style pan heads it gives you a lot more options. With this pan head, you can set the direction, angle, and speed. This comes in handy if you only want to do a 30-degree pan motion time-lapses but still want to record for an hour. It has a built-in rechargeable battery that gives you plenty of recording time. This unit also comes with a GoPro adaptor and a smartphone adaptor.

U.S. – VidPro Motorized Pan Head: http://amzn.to/2m85PMn

Canadian –  VidPro Motorized Pan Head: http://amzn.to/2mTmwv6

 

VidPro Motorized GoPro Pan Head.

 

Item 7 – Flow Mow Pan Head: This is simple egg timer style 360-degree rotating pan head for GoPro’s. This is their 120-minute version. So it takes 120 minutes to do a full 360-degree rotation. They also have a 60-minute version as well. I like the 120-minute version as it moves slower and still allows you to capture enough data even if only doing a 30 or 90 degree time-lapse. This pan head is well-built and affordably priced.

U.S – Flow Mow Pan Head: http://amzn.to/2lsQ8CI

Canadian – Flow Mow Pan Head: http://amzn.to/2mTmCD9

 

Flow-Mow Pan Head for GoPro.

 

Item 8 – Aluminium Frame for Hero 5 Black: Now this is more of an optional accessory. It does not affect the outcome of your time-lapse at all. I just like using it while shooting time-lapses with my GoPro as added protection. The rigid aluminum design helps protect against bumps and drops, plus as an added bonus it looks cool.

U.S. Aluminium Frame: http://amzn.to/2mq72Bd

Canadian: Aluminium Frame: http://amzn.to/2mHnIox

 

Aluminum Frame for Hero 5 Black

 

Item 9 – GoPro Suction Cup Mount: This item is more of an optional item. It’s not my go-to mounting solution for most time lapses but can come in handy sometimes. If doing a drive-lapse then this is your best choice for mounting your GoPro to your car’s windshield or exterior. I sometimes use the GoPro suction cup mount when doing tradition time-lapse in Hotels from the balcony or a window. It’s an easy way to get a nice time-lapse of the city.

U.S. – GoPro Suction Cup Mount: http://amzn.to/2lt8C5X

 

GoPro Suction Cup Mount.

 

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When And Why To Use A Polarizing Filter With Your GoPro

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Ever wonder what a polarizing filter is and what it does? In this video, we are taking a look at a couple of polarization filters also knows as CPL’s for the GoPro Hero 5 Black and Hero 6 Black. These will also be compatible with the GoPro Hero 7 Black which will be released later this fall.

What Is A Polarizing Filter For Your GoPro

A polarizing filter is a filter that attaches to your GoPro and its purpose is to cut back reflections from shiny surfaces such as water, metallic surfaces, glass, even plants, and paved roads. When reflections are minimized your GoPro can capture deeper more true to life colors with more saturation and vibrancy. Filming on water is a perfect scenario. The glare from water can really desaturate the video or photo you take. By adding a polarizing filter the camera can record richer blues in the sky and the water itself. It can also in some situation make the water more transparent so you can film what lies beneath. Another good example is when filming yourself driving with your GoPro. If you have a GoPro mounted on a car on a bright day, the asphalt can be quite shiny. Using a CPL will cut back the glare on both the vehicle and the road leaving you with a beautiful video with deep vibrant colors. Myself I even use one when taking photos of my garden. Plant leaves can have a sheen on them. Using a CPL allows me to capture all the beautiful colors of the flowers easily.

TIP: In order to use a polarizing filter you must use it 90 degrees to the sun. So filming with the sun directly in front of you or behind you will have no polarization advantages when using a CPL with your GoPro.

What CPL Filter Is Right For You & Your GoPro

There are many CPL filters on the market for your GoPro, In this video a take a look at two. The first filter is by SandMarc which has a rotating dial that sets the polarization. The second one by Telesin has to be removed and rotated to set the desired polarization. I have used both extensively and I have found that both provide similar results with the quality of footage that is produced. The SandMarc filter is easier to use as you can just dial and rotate the filter to get the appropriate polarization, whereas the Telesin CPL must be removed and rotated manually. There is a large price difference between the two the SandMarc CPL runs about $39 and the Telesin comes in at $12. Even though its cheaper the Telesin polarizer filter also includes a lens cap to help protect the lens for smudges and scratches. One other nice feature the Telesin brand has is the ability to lock the lens on the GoPro via an Allen key and screw. This is important as the large lenses have been known to fly off when being used at high rates of speed, the wind velocity can work the lens off. There is no way to tighten the SandMarc polarizer filter. Just keep in mind over tightening the screw can leave marks on the GoPros finish.

Watch our demonstration video where we show you how to use and install these polarizing filters on your GoPro. We also include some sample footage showing you the difference of using a polarizing filter and not using one.

Currently, the Sandmarc CPLS are on Backorder I will add a link to it when it’s available.

Telesin CPL for Hero 5/6 Black: https://amzn.to/2xsAf2j

 

SandMarc CPL polarizing filter for your GoPro Hero 5/6 Black.

 

Telesin CPL polarizing filter for your GoPro Hero 5/6 Black.

 

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Affordable YouTube Studio Lighting | FalconEyes SO-48TD Review

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If you are in the market for affordable lighting for you home YouTube studio you may just want to take a look at the FalconEyes SO-48TD, a high-quality light without a big price tag. If you are just starting out with creating YouTube content one of the most important thing besides your camera is lighting. If your filming outside this is not so much of an issue, but if your creating an indoor studio lighting is a crucial part of your setup.

There is a lot to choose from when it comes to lighting, some really cheap options, and some really expensive ones as well. If you’re just starting out you may want to choose some on the cheaper side, especially if you are just doing YouTube as a hobby and don’t want to invest a lot of money. I strongly recommend the FalconEyes SO-48TD. They can produce stunning results without breaking the bank. This series of lights come in 3 output sizes, a 28 watts, 48 watts and 68wattst. Anyone of these light would do the trick. There are many ways to set up the lights. Traditionally you would want at least one main key light and a second light for accenting.

The FalconEyes SO-48TD lights can be connected to one another wirelessly if you so choose. The benefits of this are allowing you to adjust all your lighting together. You can make an adjustment of color temperature or brightness on one and all connected lights will be adjusted automatically. The lights can be powered by both batteries and a wall socket. This makes the light very versatile if you would like to take it to a location where it can not be plugged into a wall. The unit has a nice touchscreen for controlling the brightness and temperature. The temperature range is from 3000K to 5600K and the brightness can be adjusted in 1% increments.

Another key feature of this light is that it replicates the use of a softbox and provides nice even soft lighting. This is achieved by a ring of LED lights around the outside of the fixture that point inward. The light is then reflected back out through a diffuser providing nice soft light without the bulk of big light boxes.

I think this is a great light for anyone looking to set up a YouTube studio in their home. The kit includes a nice travel case, however, you will need to purchase some light stands as they are not included in the package. I will include some links to the ones I use. They are good and solid and at an affordable price as well.

Three sizes of lights to choose from
FalconEyes SO-28TD: https://amzn.to/2Myhctr
FalconEyes SO-48TD: https://amzn.to/2vuzW6P
FalconEyes SO-68TD: https://amzn.to/2AY23QR

Neewer Light Stands: https://amzn.to/2OZSjsn

Batteries (2 different styles)
NP-F750/970: https://amzn.to/2vFx3jJ
or you can use the Sony V Mount style without an adapter
https://amzn.to/2ntBUQA

 


FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The removable wireless antenna of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

V-Mount adapter of the FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The touchscreen of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

Removable battery adapter for the FalconEyes SO-48TD. When removed it reveals a V-Mount connector that can be used with Sony V-Mount batteries as well.

 

Back view of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The FalconEyes SO-48TD comes with a nice carrying case.

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