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GoPro Hero 5 Black WDR Photos Explained ( wide dynamic range)

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What is GoPro WDR

So if you own a GoPro Hero 5 black you may have noticed a setting in the photo options called WDR that can be enabled when taking single photos. WDR stands for wide dynamic range and basically allows your GoPro to capture more detail in dark and light areas. WDR is similar to traditional HDR photos were as a camera will take 3 different exposures and merge them all together into one photo. This allows for more even exposures in the highlights and lowlights. More detail becomes visible in the dark area of the photograph resulting in a more pleasing photo. When WDR is enabled your Hero 5 does this in the background and you are presented with a beautifully exposed photograph in JPG format.

As you can see in this comparison photo with WDR enabled, there is much more detail in the darker areas.

How To Enable WDR Photos on Your Hero 5 Black

To enable WDR on your GoPro Hero 5, swipe from the right while in photo mode to bring up the photo options, continue swiping until you come to the WDR screen. Click the button to enable WDR. And done! all your photos will now have the benefits of the GoPro wide dynamic range feature.

Just this week GoPro release an update to the Hero 5 black that allows you to now capture photo time-lapses with WDR enabled.

Here is another example of WDR at work. In normal shooting mode, the bright sunny sky causes shadowy areas to be washed out. With WDR enable you can see much more detail in the dark areas of the photo.


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Tips & Tricks For The GoPro Hero 7 Black

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Every year I put together a tips and tricks video for the current generation of GoPro Cameras as a way to help new users get the most out of their GoPro. Some of these tips are similar to the older GoPro”s but there are some new tips that are unique for the Hero 7 Black. Some of the tips include:

  • Removing Protective Lens Cover
  • Removing Battery Door
  • Front LCD Navigation
  • Charing/Using With Power Banks
  • ISO Settings for Time-Lapses
  • Flat Colour Profile
  • Disabling LED’s & Beeps
  • Playback Footage In SlowMotion
  • Battery Saving Tips

Watch our YouTube tips and tricks video for the GoPro Hero 7 Black.

Buy GoPro Hero 7 Black: https://amzn.to/2D5Ykjg

 


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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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