GOPRO LIKE A HERO with Chris Benchetler
The GoPro HERO4 line is celebrated for its ease of use—you can pull your camera straight out of the box and capture ultra high-quality video and photos in seconds. Take it from powder hound Chris Benchetler, though, when he tells you that with a few simple settings adjustments, you can open up a whole new world of possibilities.
If you’re trying to get an action photo of yourself skiing pow, pillows or slashes, my best advice is to enable time-lapse mode, and set the camera to take a photo every half-second. That will ensure that the camera is continually shooting high quality images, and you are able to focus on the skiing.
If you’re shooting helmet cam footy (POV), I prefer 1440p48, which offers the widest field of view; that allows the camera to capture as much action and sky as possible. When you’re working with your footage in post-production, this gives you greater control over your image when cropping, increasing your chances of nailing the shot.
If you want to snap a photo on a jump, I suggest using the Smart Remote. Mount it to the handle of whatever you’re filming with, [e.g. 3-Way, The Handler], and hold your thumb over the trigger. That way you can shoot in burst mode—10 frames/second, for up to three seconds—to ensure you get the action and a solid grab.