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How To Shoot An Epic Sunset Time-Lapse on A GoPro

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Here is a video I made a few months back going over some important tips and tricks on how to film an epic sunset time lapse on your GoPro. Feel free to comment down below if you have any questions.

When shooting a sunset timelapse with your GoPro Hero 5 there are a couple of things to keep in mind that will help you capture amazing timelapses.

  1. Planning: Make sure you allow yourself enough time to get to your location. Allow sufficient time for travel and setup. Make sure you pack your camera gear carefully, rushing can lead to a forgot item or sloppy composition. Pay close attention to the time this is especially important when filming a sunset or sunrise time lapse. There are calculator and data sites that help you plan your sunset timelapse providing good information on sunset/sunrise times in your area. I like to pack my camera bag well in advance just so I don’t in hast forget to pack an important piece of gear. This includes double checking to make sure your GoPro batteries are fully charged.
  2. Location: Try and avoid people and populated areas when possible. Nothing can be more frustrating or ruin a great shot than someone walking in your GoPro’s field of view. It has happened to me several times and is sometimes just part of the possess. By choosing unpopulated areas to shoot you lessen the chance of this happening. On the other hand sometimes this can add to the shot, for example, a busy beach at sunset can be visually interesting.
  3. Composition & Clouds: Of all the tips one can offer for creating beautiful time lapses, composition tops my list. Arriving at your location a little early allows you time to survey the landscape and decide the best angels to line up your shot. At this point, it’s all personal preference, be creative and don’t be afraid to try new things. Our best teacher is trial and error. Personally I only shoot sunsets on days where the clouds are perfect, and by that, I mean, not too many and not too few. Proper clouds help reflect the colors of the sunset and the movement makes it more dramatic Make sure to include lots of sky when composing your shot. Unfortunately, the clouds are not always cooperative. Many times I have left to shoot a sunset time lapse with perfect cloud cover and by the time I reached my location the clouds had dissipated. Try shooting through trees or grasses, even a nice rock in the for ground can add a nice dynamic dimension to your finished time lapse.
  4. Duration of Shot: Allow your GoPro to capture a sufficient amount of data. Personally, I like to film sunsets for about an hour and a half. This gives me a desirable length when shooting at a 5 sec interval. It allows for more choices when editing. It’s better to have too much data to work with than not enough.
  5. Editing: To really make your final time-lapse pop, some basic editing is required. There are many great paid or free applications such as GoPro Studio to help pull out the colors of the sunset and even add some zoom or pan effects, play around, be creative and most importantly…have fun!

One of my favorite aspects of shooting time lapses on my GoPro is it allows me to slow down and enjoy the moments. Life can be busy and hectic and being at a location for over an hour allows me to enjoy the beauty of nature around me, relax, maybe catch up on some reading and just catch my breath.

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How To Color Grade Your GoPro Footage In LumaFusion

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In this video tutorial, I show you how to easily color grade your GoPro footage both manually and with using GoPro Luts. When filming with a GoPro it does a really good job capturing stunning photos and video. The contrast and vibrancy of the content is good and ready to share. There are sometimes however you want to take your footage to the next level and do your own color grading.

If you decide to do your own color grading it is important to shoot in a flat color profile. GoPro offers two color profiles “GoPro Color” and “GoPro Flat. The flat profile basically has low contrast and low saturation thus allowing you to set your own levels in the grading room. You enable the flat color profile by enabling ProTune and selecting flat as the color option.

With today’s powerful software and tools such as LumaFusion and the iPad Pro series, it is now possible to do professional level editing on your mobile devices, this includes the use of Luts.  Watch our video tutorial showing you just how easy it is to color grade your GoPro footage in LumaFusion on your iPad Pro. I go step by step to get you up and editing in no time. I show you two different methods of color grading and color correcting, both manually and how to import an use GoPro specific Luts by PolarPro.

The equipment I use for mobile editing.

10.5 iPad Pro: https://amzn.to/2JyLSJt
Apple Pencil: https://amzn.to/2JvJUt3
Apple Card Reader: https://amzn.to/2I4McQD
Wireless Hard Drive: https://amzn.to/2KeDWy5

 

Here is a screenshot sample of a video captured in GoPro Flat color profile and then after a GoPro Lut has been applied.

A 4K video sample of GoPro footage shot using the GoPro Flat color profile ProTune.

 

Now here is a sample of a 4K video after a GoPro Lut was applied to the footage in LumaFusion.

 

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How To Import Fonts Into LumaFusion on iOS

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In this quick tutorial, I show you how to easily import new fonts into LumaFusion on your iOS devices. LumaFusion has a nice variety of fonts to choose from when editing and creating titles but there are those times when you need a very specific font. Perhaps you are editing a video for a client and they want a font that matches their Logo or corporate font. This easy to follow tutorial demonstrates a few methods of getting new fonts into LumaFusion in seconds for free.

The first method shows you how to use free apps from the Apple App Store to browse different fonts and then import them directly into LumaFusion. The second method shows you how to browse for fonts via the Safari Web Browser and your favorite font website. This sometimes is the best way as there tends to be more variety. Lastly, I show you how to import a font that has been sent to you as a file from a client or a colleague. Watch our tutorial video for step by step instructions.

The equipment I use for mobile editing.

10.5 iPad Pro: https://amzn.to/2JyLSJt
Apple Pencil: https://amzn.to/2JvJUt3
Apple Card Reader: https://amzn.to/2I4McQD
Wireless Hard Drive: https://amzn.to/2KeDWy5
Rode VideoMic Me: https://amzn.to/2r3c9Zm

 

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