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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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My 2019 Minimalist GoPro / Camera Travel & Adventuring Kit

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Earlier in the week, I uploaded a YouTube video titled “What’s In My Drone/Camera Backpack for 2019” basically showing what gear I pack and bring with me when flying my drone, hiking or just out adventuring. Now here is my 2019 minimalist camera kit that I take with me when traveling and I want to pack light. My 2019 version of my minimalist GoPro/Camera travel kit has some new editions from last year. To start things off, the case I use when traveling is the GoPro Casey, I like it because I find it to be a perfect size. It’s not too big, yet not too small and can hold an ample amount of gear. For the most part, I only bring what can be fit inside this case. Watch my YouTube video to see what gear I pack inside minimalist camera kit when traveling, you be surprised how simple and streamlined it is, yet still all the gear I need to capture our adventures. All the gear I pack is listed at the bottom of this post if you saw something you liked and want to check it out further.

Osmo Pocket (DJI Website) http://bit.ly/2RU7iVT
Osmo Pocket (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2BxfG6y
Osmo Pocket Mount: http://bit.ly/2CMeyhz
Osmo Pocket Wireless Base: http://bit.ly/2Rs152b
Osmo Pocket Scroll Wheel: http://bit.ly/2F3w2ar
Osmo Pocket ND Filters: https://amzn.to/2GvWdaO
GoPro Casey: https://amzn.to/2Tb6QDn
GoPro Hero 7 Black: https://amzn.to/2MLWes5
Insta360 One X: https://amzn.to/2t65oGF
Osmo Pocket ND Filters: https://amzn.to/2HOUP5j
Battery Handle: https://amzn.to/2CGQzii
Extension Pole: https://amzn.to/2FYl7j4
Tripod: https://amzn.to/2Ug8rrI
GoPro Battery Charger: https://amzn.to/2G6C9w4
GoPro Mount Adapter: https://amzn.to/2MzaWCE
Micro SD Memory: https://amzn.to/2TshDZZ
PolarPro Snorkle Filter: https://amzn.to/2WFu9qK
Hydrophobic Lens Protector: https://amzn.to/2G56NpD
GoPro Floating Hand Grip: https://amzn.to/2MKBEbC
Apple Lightning SD Card Reader: https://amzn.to/2GfDXSR


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UGreen GoPro Power Bank & Charger

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In this video review, we are taking a closer look at the UGreen GoPro power bank and charger. This power bank packs 10,000 mAh of power and can be used how any traditional power bank can be used. It has a USB-A port that can be used to charge any devices such as GoPro’s, smartphone or any device that supports USB charging. It has a USB-C port that is input only for recharging the power bank. What makes this power bank shine is that it has a built-in GoPro charging bay which allows you to insert a GoPro battery and securely charge it even while on the move. This can be quite useful for those who are out adventuring and don’t what to pack a lot of gear You can quickly recharge GoPro batteries without having to pack extra chargers or cables. This GoPro power bank is compatible with GoPro Hero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black and Hero 7 Black batteries. It also supports the batteries for the low-cost GoPro Hero that was released in the spring of 2018. You can charge 6 GoPro batteries on a single charge.

The unit has a black rubberized finish, It looks and feels durable. I can not attest to longevity as I have only been using it for about a month, but I will update this post if I have any issues with it over time. All in all a nice all in one GoPro charger and power bank. Definitely a nice addition to any GoPro camera bag.

UGreen Power Bank: https://amzn.to/2t4koVL

 



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