DIY GoPro Blackout Housing

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In this post, you'll learn how to make a DIY GoPro Blackout Housing.


Blackout housing is a great idea for filming whenever you don't want to draw attention to yourself or the camera.

This would come in handy for filming in crowds, and for wildlife photography.

Professional photographers may also prefer a blackout housing for wedding photography and anywhere else they want to keep a low profile.

DIY GoPro Blackout Housing

The blackout housing in this video is not waterproof.

For an option that's waterproof (up to 40 meters) you should check out the AHBSH-401 Blackout Housing. It's around $45.00 and works with the Hero 3, Hero3+ and Hero4.

For the following DIY project you'll need:

  • GoPro housing (in the video a cheap ebay housing is modified)
  • Black paint made for plastic hobby models
  • Drill with a 10 mm drill bit (and a smaller one for starting)
  • Round file
  • Black permanent marker
  • Small piece of 1000 grit sandpaper

How to Make a DIY GoPro Blackout Housing

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Which One Do You Prefer?

Do you like the look of the blackout housing better than the clear option? I do.

It looks sleeker. And because the shine is reduced, it would be less noticeable to animals.

Shiny objects attract attention of predator fish, so for filming underwater the blackout housing may be a better option. But again, you would want to order a waterproof one, and don't forget those anti-fog inserts.

4 Advantages to a Blackout GoPro Housing

  1. Great for wildlife photography
  2. Draws less attention (think wedding and street photography)
  3. Less shiny (better for underwater filming)
  4. Looks sleeker and matches other mounts/accessories better

Have you filmed with a blackout housing? Will you try making the DIY GoPro blackout housing in the video? Please let us know by commenting on this post.


Hi, I'm the Author!

I'm an amateur photographer and Canadian entrepreneur. Since moving to South America in 2009, we have made our living as content creators. I'm a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for Canadian travel brands. I am co-founder of this site, and our Nova Scotia travel site

1 comment… add one
  • Ben Apr 7, 2016, 9:42 am

    I’m going to SE Asia and want a blackout housing so its less obvious. PlastiDip option looks good. Thanks

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