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    Recommended GoPro positions

    I'm about to do a tour of Wales with a few friends and am keen to capture the event on my GoPro.

    A group of friends and I did the coast to coast in England last year and I had the GoPro mounted on my helmet which makes for a bit of a shaky video, lots of people's backs and it's a bit boring from one camera angle all the time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMAqnkzHw4E

    So I'm looking for inspiration on where to mount my camera on the bike to make for an interesting video.

    I'm going to get everyone to wear it for a bit pointing at their faces, but wonder what other positions would make good shots.

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    Closeups of peoples faces are always boring.
    Try mounting the camera facing backwards to view your friends as well as the surrounding scenery. The scenery is what most of your friends are going to be interested in, but having bikes in the shot will give it some perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve2k View Post
    I'm about to do a tour of Wales with a few friends and am keen to capture the event on my GoPro.

    A group of friends and I did the coast to coast in England last year and I had the GoPro mounted on my helmet which makes for a bit of a shaky video, lots of people's backs and it's a bit boring from one camera angle all the time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMAqnkzHw4E

    So I'm looking for inspiration on where to mount my camera on the bike to make for an interesting video.

    I'm going to get everyone to wear it for a bit pointing at their faces, but wonder what other positions would make good shots.
    The ideal solution is to pony up for more than one or barring that work in concert with one of your traveling companions to give a different point of view.

    I initially started out with the helmet mount; however, the lack of a frame of reference caused me to go with the chest mount with it you can see your bars and the road ahead and the footage has a frame of reference as to what you are doing.

    If your on your own the best bet is one camera facing rearward and one in a chest mount facing the direction of travel. Possibly a side helmet mount as well.
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    Closeups of peoples faces are funny when they fall off. You can't see what's going on, and then there's a sudden look of panic on their faces.

    We've got 4 days and 4 riders so plenty of scope for switching things about. I only want a 10 minute film at the end of all this.

    I agree about seeing some of the bike in the shot, the head cam footage I took before wasn't particularly inspiring, it was just scenery wobbling about.

    I'm thinking of the following positions:
    - shots from the handlebar stem (hopefully showing the bar ends, computer etc.)
    - shots facing backwards (of other riders behind me)
    - shots looking down on the wheels/pedals for atmospheric cut aways (splashing through puddles)
    - hand held shots of people going past me
    - close ups of people talking (mounted on helmet or handlebar)

    I don't have the chest strap unfortunately but I have just ordered the tripod mount kit so I'll be able to screw it to various things.

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    Video of your handlebar = boring (unless there is something really interesting in the background)
    Puddles = boring. If it is raining, then video your friend riding in the rain.
    Closeups of talking heads = boring boring boring. Instead, make a video of something interesting and merge their voices on top of that.

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    seat-tube, under the top-tube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgwrb5w1XRY
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    Some odd viewpoints.


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