Monday, May 14, 2012

Another GoPro Use

Gear tip of the week: use your GoPro for stills that lead to stunning Facebook cover art. If you've tried to get that extreme landscape image that looks awesome -- 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall which translates into something along the lines of 16x6, much more "widescreen" than 16x9 -- you are missing out on the best possible tool. Aside from using an app like Pano to create nice wide images with that thin stripe down the center (check out my composite of Nam June Paik's Electronic Superhighway), the GoPro camera is a natural. I've spoken of this magic point of view camera -- they run about $250-$295 depending on the kit and now available everywhere (ie - any Best Buy) -- and this is another great reason to have it. Check out my purple flowers for the Northwestern State timeline today and my wide shot of the main gallery of NASM on my own Facebook page. If you want to see the images themselves -- NSU's flower and the X-15. See how they give you that middle edit that yields a pleasing image that fills the full width? Just frame to accommodate your profile image and there you are. Combine this with the videos and the time elapse features -- you simply MUST own a GoPro if you are serious about on-line digital. Bonus -- here's the baddest-assed plane in the USAF with the GoPro.

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