I have a special place in my heart dedicated to photography. Not like I’m really good or anything but I have always loved taking pictures. I love art in general but I have always gravitated toward photography because I feel like my fingers are incapable of painting or drawing what my brain wants to produce. Yeah I know what you’re thinking… Art has no boundaries, no rigid rules or expectations but that mantra doesn’t offer me any solace when I look at my doodles and realize they look like the work of a kindergartner. I guess my self-conscious mindset will always in some ways prevent me from feeling totally satisfied with whatever I produce, especially by pen, pencil, or brush.
But cameras, on the other hand, have been able to provide a necessary artistic outlet for me- free from the pressures of wobbly lines and bad shading. Instead of forcing my hands to follow my imagination and create a picture, a photograph takes only a click of a button. With that very click comes a snapshot of time, a capturing of emotion, that offers your mind a conversation they say is worthy of a thousand words. Cameras are so rampant in today’s society and culture, we photograph nearly every moment of our lives and I mean every moment. Including all of our special occasions, be them weddings, proms, or (of course) all of our gains at the gym. We photograph our nights out with friends, birthdays, and vacations. We post pictures of ourselves, definitely some more than others (come on, admit it, we all have that one friend on IG who will #selfie back to back to back). And don’t forget about the “foodgasms” we undeniably have from all of the #foodporn we scroll through in a day.
Now I don’t know about you, but I like to be outdoors and partake in activities that maybe wouldn’t be safe for a camera or a phone but that doesn’t mean I automatically don’t want to capture those moments. Certainly you have no desire deal with a cracked screen or water damage and though the quality would be great, taking your DSLR hiking or swimming is probably not going to bode well with using it in the future. And I can’t imagine you screwing down your DSLR or gluing your cellphone to your dirtbike or fishing pole. So I mean, what do we use to capture our more adventurous moments? To take a step further, what happens when we don’t want to use our hands to click the button? Maybe we are running out of space and just simply can’t pack a larger camera.
Well, the action-oriented camera company, GoPro, has given us not just answers but for those of us who want to spare making an exorbitantly expensive purchase, they even gave options in case you aren’t interested in getting the newest, most advanced version out.
I’m definitely still getting acquainted with the tiny, super wide lens little box that is able to go underwater, attach to your body, or mount to virtually anything… But let me tell you, it is SO. MUCH. FUN!
The versatility it provides is second to none. Not only can you take pictures but you can take video, or even both at the same time. Ten frames a second or time-lapse, your choice.You aren’t afraid of water and you aren’t searching for issues after a simple drop (if it is in it’s case, at least). Which, if you know me and how clumsy I am, is an amazing safety net of comfort to have with a purchase that will set you back couple hundred dollars.
So far, my GoPro adventures consist of: swimming, snorkeling, bike riding, road trips, and a rooftop party. My first bout with it came from a friend (probably the best photographer I have ever known) who wanted to splurge on the device for a multi-city, multi-state road trip that we went on for Spring Break. I didn’t get to play much but I was able to have just enough fun to ignite a desire to play more at the soonest possible chance. I wanted to get to learn more about it, test it out, and see how I liked it so I could consider whether or not it was a purchase I personally wanted to make.
Thanks to my job at Northern Virginia Community College, I was able to borrow a GoPro Hero3+ and learn the ways of the camera so our staff at TILT would be able to:
- Imagine new ways the GoPro could be used educationally
2. Teach others tips and basics on “How To GoPro”
Now, because of a month and a half of using the GoPro my job has lent me, I am entirely in love and wanting my own to play with… especially because I will be returning theirs in a few short weeks, as I transfer schools and leave my position at TILT.
All in all, what really attracts me to this camera first and foremost is its action-oriented build. Also very important to me is the perspective it can bring, allowing so much more to view and interpret. There’s a feeling, an emotion almost, that comes with the GoPro’s ultra-wide lens and how it can be mounted to people, animals, and objects, provides us an angle not usually captured with a regular point-and-shoot type of camera.
The GoPro is worth it. Go get one and use it as an excuse to be more active and creative! That’s what I am using it for. 🙂
A DC Bike Ride: US Marine Corps Band
On the way to skydive, somewhere in Virginia.
*This experience has come from only using the Hero3+…
Stay tuned for a later post for some tips I have found helpful and ways I believe the GoPro could be incorporated into CC and #EdTech