Going pro with GoPro

In order for conservation to be effective, we need to engage audiences by using as many tools as we can.  This includes writing, photography, and videography.  While the written word and still images are extremely powerful, as we continue to move into this new technological age, creative videography will become more important in capturing the attention of people.

Flickr / Tom Hart

Flickr / Tom Hart

How do you make a video stand out?  How can you make it unique?  Go on any website or into any electronics store and you will find that nearly every camera available is capable of recording in High-Definition, with super crisp audio.  This is where the new age of cameras comes into play, cameras like GoPros.  They are small, lightweight, easy to use, and have revolutionized the way we can make videos because now you can get angles and viewpoints that weren’t possible before.

The aim is to grab the viewer’s attention (like this bold font is doing right now) and once you have it… don’t let it go.

Here are some ways you can use a GoPro to make your videos unique:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fah1ssW9GM]

If you are interested in other examples of how GoPros can be used in conservation, check out these videos too!

GoPro: Elephant Lunch Break

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEWe42-HY_g?list=UUqhnX4jA0A5paNd1v-zEysw]

GoPro: Pelicans Learn To Fly

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YEyzvtMx3s]

GoPro: Diver Saves Sea Turtle

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSCbpcpjJl4?list=UUqhnX4jA0A5paNd1v-zEysw]

GoPro: Humpback Whales From A Drone

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDtmoV4CdCo?list=UUqhnX4jA0A5paNd1v-zEysw]

GoPro: Lions – The New Endangered Species?

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNCzSfv4hX8]

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About the author

MattMatt Nicholson is a marine biologist currently completing an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Exeter. Born and raised in Miami, FL, he loves anything and everything to do with the ocean and hopes to make a career out of preserving it. Follow him on Twitter: @Sharkynichol and check out his website for news, photos, and videos as well as links to his personal blog.

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