GoPro Cameras for Dummies covers all the basics for getting started with your GoPro.
This book is for beginners and those wondering if they should get a GoPro. It covers the camera’s strong and weak points.
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GoPro Cameras for Dummies: Book Review
The GoPro is different than other cameras, so it comes with a learning curve. The time spent reading this book could save you a lot of time floating around on Google trying to piece things together.
This book has an easy to follow teaching style and it’s not overly technical which is excellent for beginners.
GoPro Cameras for Dummies: Overview
GoPro Cameras for Dummies: What You’ll Like
This book covers a wide variety of topics. The author talks about picture quality, sound quality, basic composition techniques, gear recommendations, the basics of GoPro Studio, and a lot more.
The terminology is easy to understand and the instructions are easy to follow.
The author (John Carucci) keeps things interesting by using some funny illustrations like this one (page 84) about video editing:
“Setting in and out points is also helpful in reducing the size of the converted file, and it eliminates any unwanted portions of the initial recording from being included in the converted file. It’s like trimming the fat from chicken cutlets, but you won’t need to wash your hands when you’re done.”
When you’re finished with this book you’ll know how to calculate the number of frames needed to create a time-lapse of your desired length.
It will get your creativity going by discussing composition and camera angles. John Carucci has also written Digital SLR Video and Filmmaking For Dummies, his clear understanding of filmmaking help you think of techniques that will keep your viewers interest.
You’ll also have the basics about how to import video clips into GoPro Studio, work with their templates, and create your final product.
GoPro Cameras for Dummies: What You’ll Miss
This book is great on information, but not so great on photos. This isn’t a big deal but, I guess I expected to see better photos.
I also don’t remember any mention of macro lenses or color filters for underwater filming.
Read my GoPro macro lens review.
It’s hard to cover everything, but GoPro Cameras for Dummies definitely covers the important stuff, it will get you up and running with your GoPro.
What About You?
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Update (October 19, 2016): The update to this book will be released November 21, 2016.