Advice for Shooting Great Hiking Videos

Here’s my advice for hiking setups with body placed gopro accessories – yet additionally my best practices for shaing great, steady, enjoyable treking footage with the world on YouTube. My ideal recommendations is to simply stop at the remarkable factors and shoot great consistent, slow panning video without being on the action regularly. Show the highlights and most interesting views and also factors along the way. Please share your suggestions additionally for hiking setups and stabilizaton for the GoPro Hero3 or Hero4. Additionally – below’s an older popular video I shot around treking in forested locations that could be of some assistance:

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9 thoughts on “Advice for Shooting Great Hiking Videos”

  1. Very solid advice. I watch a ton of hiking videos and you have made valid
    points that I wish all hikers would follow.

  2. I am still old school using a GoPro Hero 2.
    Most of my videos on my channel are with that camera, However, because of
    all the movement and of the detail that is on the trail it is difficult to
    choose between 1080 at 30 fps or 720 at 60 fps. On the newcameras I
    recomend 1080 at 60 fps, because you still have the great quality and you
    can slow it down for some slow mo shots.

    However for stabalization, I use a GoPole and I use a Glidcam iGlide. Now
    the GoPole was cheaper than the GlideCam, but the Glidecam produced some
    amazing shots. It does cost more, but it is worth it.

    Im still trying to figure out how GoPro makes all of their shots really
    smooth in their videos, so Tony if you have knowledge about that I would
    appreciate it if you can share it. I’ve tried using the stablizers in Adobe
    Premiere Pro, but I feel that GoPro does some stuff in After Affects.

  3. Thanks all for your input on this, I’m Chris by the way! sorry, forgot I’m
    signed in as my page!

    Some great useful info on here. From all the points Tony and others have
    made I think I will go for just stopping at particular points and taking
    shots. I have decided to definitely take a pole. I currently have 2x 64G
    cards and 1x 32G card, also a 500G WD WIFI with SD slot to backup so space
    should be ok. Also have 5 batteries now so that part should be ok! I was
    planning on using 720 at 50 FPS with FDV at Medium because I was worried
    about space but looking at Your comments Danny and Rich I may be able to
    use 1080 at 50 FPS with Medium, what do you all think on this? or should I
    try higher? I may take the Gimbal to, only trouble is you have to have the
    GoPro out the case to use it and don’t really want to keep having to change
    it but does give some great shots.

  4. I love using my Sunpak 6700M Aluminum Monopod it’s crazy versatile, very
    affordable (around $25) and extremely well built, very solid feeling. I use
    it as a monopod, GoPole (extends over 5 feet) and hiking pole. It’s
    lightweight (right at 1lb) and use the GoPro tripod mount. So far I’ve had
    no issues with corrosion. One trick that I’ve learned with it is you can
    hold it loosely in the vertical position with just your thumb and middle
    finger only using the tips of your finger and it works as a makeshift
    steadycam….granted it’s not going to be perfect but does help smooth out
    the shot. 

  5. +Michael Kincaid Great comment. I’m going to look into the 6700M. Thanks

  6. Great video. I film nature walks and use a 3 axis gimbal with great
    results. I do add a bit of stabilization in Adobe Premier Pro and the video
    is very smooth. That’s my 2 cents worth.

  7. Now I need a golf ball retriever. I’m improvising with a piece of scrap 1/2
    inch pvc at about 3 feet.

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