GoPro Hero 7 – Photo Settings Tutorial and Tips

GoPro Hero 7 – Photo Settings Tutorial and Tips


Actually I bought my first GoPro a few years
ago mainly to film with it. Only in the course of time I became aware
that you can take very interesting and good photos with it. One of the reasons for this is the special
wide-angle lens of the camera, which clearly distinguishes the photos of the GoPro from
a typical smartphone photo. In this video I will explain to you which
settings you have on the Hero 7 for photography and how you can achieve the best results. My name is Werner, I live in the Italian Alps
and this channel is about GoPro and filmmaking. Have fun with this video! If you select the photo mode on the GoPro
then you basically have the following options. At the top left you can set the timer, at
the bottom left you can choose the photo capture mode, at the bottom center there are the settings
for the respective mode and with the loupe you can zoom. With this Touch to zoom feature you should
know that it is only a digital zoom. This means that by zooming the image quality
of your photo decreases. You can always adjust the frame of your photo
in post. That’s why you should only use this feature
if you don’t intend to edit your photos later on. Interestingly, the timer was only introduced
with the Hero 7. However, the feature was long overdue, because
you can find a timer on almost every other camera. For example, if you want to make a selfie,
you can now set up the camera in a suitable place and have 3 or 10 seconds to get into
position before the camera takes the picture. The timer is also useful for long exposures. Suppose you are using your camera on a tripod
and take a long exposure in low light conditions, the shot may be blurred because you press
the shutter button and move the camera. You can prevent this by activating the timer. Now let’s look at the different shooting modes. There are three basic modes to choose from
when you want to shoot a photo: Classic Photo Mode for photos in good lighting conditions. Normally you will take a single photo but
when you press and hold the shutter button in this mode the camera will take continuous
photos at a rate of 3 or 30 frames per second, depending on the lightning conditions. You use the Burst Mode for shooting multiple
photos in a quick sequence, so when you’ re shooting a fast-paced action scene and don’t
want to miss the right moment. But In this mode you can set the burst rate
yourself. And you use Night Mode for shooting in low
light. Let’s first take a look at the settings available
in the Classic Photo mode: Here you can adjust the FOV. In addition to Wide, Linear is also available. Wide is the standard field of view of the
GoPro. Wide corresponds to a focal length of about
15mm. However, the FishEye lens causes distortions. These distortions can be seen particularly
strongly at the edges and always when straight lines are visible in the image. If these distortions annoy you, you can select
Linear. However, this results in a crop and your image
will only correspond to a focal length of about 24mm, which is only slightly wider than
with most smartphone cameras. Linear is also not completely free of distortions. Personally, I use Wide most of the time, but
that’s a matter of taste, of course, and it’s up to you to decide. You can make an interesting choice under Superphoto. You can choose between automatic and HDR. I would call the automatic mode the actual
superphoto mode. If you choose Auto, the camera will decide
autonomously how it will process your photo. Of course, this mode is especially interesting
if you don’t want to edit your photos yourself. According to GoPro, depending on the situation,
the camera will create an HDR or add other effects such as tone mapping. In practice I have found that in most cases
a very similar effect is applied. The photo contains much more contrast and
perhaps more clarity compared to a classic JPEG. If you definitely prefer an HDR and don’t
want to rely on the automatic mode, then you have to choose HDR. Several images with different exposures are
overlaid. Therefore you should hold the camera still. HDR increases the dynamic range. You get more details in the very dark and
bright areas of the image. It is of course a matter of taste whether
the automatic mode or an HDR leads to a better result. Personally I prefer in most cases the results
of the automatic mode, but it depends of course also on the respective image. If you prefer to edit your photos yourself,
you should activate RAW mode. In addition to a classic JPEG file, you will
also receive a RAW file in the GPR file format. The advantage is that this file contains much
more information than a normal JPEG file. So you have more possibilities when editing
your image. The biggest disadvantage is that you need
the right software to edit the file. Without workarounds this can only be done
with software by Adobe, for example Lightroom or Camera RAW. What you should also know is that the RAW
file is only created if you have deactivated Superphoto. Curiously, the camera will allow you to enable
both, but it will not create a RAW file if both are enabled. Personally, I like Lightroom and the simple
workflow of the program. That’s why I mostly use the RAW mode on the
GoPro. Finally you can activate Protune. I’ll show you the Protune settings and briefly
explain which settings I use personally. Basically you have very similar settings as
in video mode. If you are interested in the topic, I recommend
my corresponding video about Protune. Shutter – Here you can set the exposure time. However, only very short exposure times are
available. You can manually reduce the exposure time
for example to 1/2000 of a second to freeze especially fast movements. For long exposure times you have to switch
to the Night-Photo mode. In most cases I leave the shutter on auto. Exposure Value Compensation – With Exposure
Value Compensation you can expose the image brighter by setting a positive value and darker
by setting a negative value. It depends then of course on the situation
which setting is optimal. If you are afraid that bright areas in the
image will burn out, you should set a slightly negative value. Don’t forget that an HDR or exposure control
using the touch display might be the best solution for these cases. White Balance: Here you determine how warm
or cool your image should look. If you leave this setting at Auto, the camera
will try to adjust the white balance so that white looks white rather than slightly yellowish
or bluish. For photos, I leave this setting at Auto. The ISO value determines how sensitive the
sensor reacts to light. So if you take a photo in low light, your
camera will increase the ISO value. A higher ISO value also allows you to increase
the shutter speed to avoid camera shake. However, a high ISO value has the disadvantage
of creating image noise. From a value of 800, this can be seen relatively
well on the GoPro. Therefore, I set ISO Min to 100 and ISO Max
to 400. For a better image quality, I recommend using
a tripod and lowering the shutter speed to avoid high ISO values. Sharpness: The sharpness is automatically
set to high. You can also set it to low or medium. The photo then looks much softer. While I reduce the sharpness for videos in
order to get a more cinematic image, I leave the sharpness at high for photos. Color: Here you can use a flat color profile
to have more room for editing. In photography, flat color profiles are rather
unusual in contrast to filmmaking. Those who want the maximum flexibility when
editing will usually work with RAW files. Now let’s have a look at the burst mode and
the night mode. In burst mode, the camera takes several photos
in a fast sequence. That’s what you need for fast action scenes,
for example. By taking several photos per second, the camera
prevents you from missing the perfect moment. If you look at the settings, you will see
that you can set the burst rate here. So you can set how many frames per second
the camera should shoot. The first number refers to the number of images,
the second number to the number of seconds. So 30/6 means that the camera will shoot 30
frames in a period of 6 seconds, which is 5 frames per second. So it depends completely on the situation
and how long your action sequence lasts, which setting is optimal here. In addition to the burst rate, you can also
adjust the FOV and the Protune settings. RAW, HDR and Superphoto are not available. In night mode a few things change in comparison
to the classic photo mode: The timer is usually set to 3 seconds to prevent camera shake,
which you can of course change. The exposure time here can be changed directly
in the settings menu. You have very long exposure intervals available. With Protune you can also set the exposure
time manually in classic Photo mode, but only very short exposure times are available, which
are unsuitable for low-light situations. Besides the exposure time you can select the
FOV, adjust the Protune settings and activate RAW. Superphoto is not available. In summary, you should always use this mode
if you want to make long exposures with a tripod in bad lighting conditions, especially
if you want to set the exposure time manually. With this I would like to say goodbye for
today. Give me a Like if you liked the short tutorial,
subscribe to the channel if you want to see more tutorials in the future and see you next
time!

27 thoughts on “GoPro Hero 7 – Photo Settings Tutorial and Tips

  • January 22, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    I just bought a Gopro 7 so I subscribed to your channel since you are covering a lot of interesting topics. I came across your other video on optimal photo settings just yesterday and asked why Raw and Linear do not seem to go together. Could not see you address this in this video either.

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  • January 22, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    Thanks so much, I always learn something

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  • January 22, 2019 at 7:13 pm
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    Well explained tutorial
    Should I buy gopro Hero 7 or canon700D
    Which one is worth .taking that,
    Canon700d=450$
    Gopro7=600$ due to shipping

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  • January 22, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    I want for my youtube channel

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  • January 23, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    Hi Werner, just returned from Tignes and did use a lot of your tips and tricks to shoot film & photo's!
    So, thanks a lot!!! 😉

    oh almost forget, any tips for skiing in the italian alps??
    ….are there any ski-in & ski-out options??

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  • January 23, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    Thank you for another awesome tutorial!! I haven't tried Photo mode yet therefore, your photo settings are now in my Hero7 Black. I have a question if I may; When using Wide, can the fisheye effect be removed? Your tutorials are phenomenal and I save all of them to refer to! I can't thank you enough!! THANK YOU!! Ray 👍👍😊

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  • January 25, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    I have a gopro 7 1.7 version, and in the superphoto options I can not turn on the car, just hdr and off why ??

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  • January 26, 2019 at 4:57 am
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    Gopro hero 7 Picture quality should be improved in portrait mode

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  • January 27, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    Nice job. Thank you for going thru the settings for photos. I've not explored taking photos with my GoPro 7 yet, but you have inspired me. 🔥

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  • January 30, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    Thanks for the video

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  • February 7, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    Thanks for sharing the information ❤️

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  • February 10, 2019 at 6:47 am
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    Distracting background music. Quite unnecessary. Thanks anyway for the suggestions…

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  • March 5, 2019 at 11:52 pm
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    the smooth music really helps me to focus on the settings

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  • March 12, 2019 at 9:44 am
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    Can you also do that with the silver model ?

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  • March 24, 2019 at 10:13 am
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    thank you…very informative…peace n respect from Malaysia

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  • March 30, 2019 at 3:09 am
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    Why can't I install it the way you say, there are some I have done but there are many parts like supper photo I can't install auto and other settings can't be installed, you help me how to fix it

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  • April 4, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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    GoPro cameras are not compatible with an external microphone EXCEPT FOR the GoPro Hero BLACK cameras. Black NOT silver nor white.

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  • April 7, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    great video thanks for sharing brother, appreciate it just bought my go pro hero 7 🙂

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  • April 12, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    amazing video, thanks for the help!

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  • April 13, 2019 at 9:02 am
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    I found your video to be most informative and I very much appreciate you sharing this and it has helped me to understand and use my GoPro 7 a lot better thank you very much.

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  • May 27, 2019 at 4:17 am
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    Immediately subscribed

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  • June 2, 2019 at 5:30 am
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    Nice job! I bought the cheapie Hero 7 WHITE which is more limited in options. Bought it for street photography here in Chicago. No one seems to be doing much about still shooting.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 9:06 pm
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    Great Video my man. I just got the Hero7 Black. I have No idea what specs to leave my Gopro on. I am looking for photos & vacations videos. No editing, no social media, none of that. Am also looking for a setting that won't kill the battery quickly either. I want a spec that can have good quality footage and watch on my t.v. I was told 1080p/30FPS is good But as mentioned I have NO idea. What can you recommend? Thanks Brother

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  • July 2, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Such a well done video. You, sir, are awesome! Keep making videos, I love the way you do it!

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  • July 14, 2019 at 10:15 am
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    This is just sooo awesome!

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  • July 19, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Gopro hero 7 OK..

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