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GoPro Hero 6 Black Review

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Before I review a major product like the GoPro Hero 6 Black I like to spend a lot of time using it how I would normally use it in real-world situations. I think a review sooner than that would only be a “First Impressions” review. So the Hero 6 Black had been out for 30 days when we created our YouTube review and in short, I love it. I think even though they introduced more major new features with the Hero 5, the Hero 6 Black was more exciting. Here is our YouTube Review.

Hero 6 Black (USA) http://amzn.to/2AJNOvp

Hero 6 Black (CAN) http://amzn.to/2BTkguz

 

 

So almost another 2 months have passed since I made my initial review of the Hero 6 Black and my love of the new GoPro has grown even stronger. It is very funny however how there seem to be so many mixed opinions on the Hero 6 Black, more than I can recall for any other GoPro that has been released.

There were some initial firmware issues that were causing some cameras do not function correctly, but most of those issues have been cleared up in recent firmware updates. I personally have had no issues with my cameras and I currently own 2. One of the updates corrected the over saturation of color in some instances that some had complained about.

Personally, I don’t feel the video is over-saturated. I think it is perfect for capturing great video that is ready to share without having to do a lot of color correcting, for those that do not like the current color profile, can easily set the color to flat in pro-tune and do their own post-work editing to suit their specific taste. The quality of video output is fantastic, crisp and vivid video, beautiful photos all in a tiny little camera. The addition of true HDR photos is a very welcome feature. With HDR enabled you can get beautiful Dynamic range in all of your photos. Speaking of dynamic range, as you can see in my video samples, the capabilities of the dynamic range on the Hero 6 Black is leaps ahead of the Hero 5 Black.

The stabilization is next level! Although not in all situations, the Hero 6 Black can almost mimic being mounted on a gimbal. Software stabilization will never replace the look of a gimbal but with the Hero 6 Black, it is pretty close. The new stabilization opens up so many possibilities, there are just some instances where you can not use a gimbal but now that is no longer an issue. You can have beautifully stabilized footage in the water and doing activities that you just can not use a gimbal.

My one major dislike with the Hero 6 black is the inability to stream all formats and frame rates via the GoPro app. Now when you are filming the GoPro app will not give you a live feed for all resolutions, this is a real annoyance for those who need to use a smartphone or tablet as a monitor. I don’t know if that can be updated later on or if it’s just a limitation of smartphone capabilities and the new file formats.

Personally, between the new stabilization and dynamic range, those two features alone make it worth the upgrade. Now, of course, I am not too happy of the $100 price jump and I really think it was unnecessary. Hopefully, this does not become a new trend or it won’t be long before GoPro prices themselves out of the market. Who wants to spend that kind of money on an action camera when most smartphones do an amazing job with videos and photos and are only getting better year after year.

Hero 6 Black (USA) http://amzn.to/2AJNOvp

Hero 6 Black (CAN) http://amzn.to/2BTkguz

 

 

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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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