8 Best GoPro Books for Beginners (Shoot Better Footage / Monetize Your Content)

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Here are the 8 best GoPro books to improve your photography. You'll learn about how to shoot great video, how to operate your specific GoPro camera, and how to monetize it on your own YouTube channel.

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What's the best GoPro book?

In this post, I share the top eight GoPro books – based on their Amazon rating. While there many more – they really aren't worth your time.

The first two are great for all GoPro models. The next five (3-7) are for specific camera models. And the last one applies to all video cameras.

Have I missed a great GoPro book? Please share it in the comments below!


8 Best GoPro Books for Beginners

Here are the best GoPro books for beginners. Let's get started!


1. GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking

[Covers the HERO4 and all GoPro cameras]

This book is filled with inspiration.

It's the only one written by the team at GoPro. Users such as Kelly Slater, Shaun White, and Kevin Richardson share compelling stories and give super useful tips.

The book is very visual – and a Kindle version wouldn't do it justice. If you're going to buy this book – you should buy it in print.

GoPro: Professional Guide to Filmmaking

  • Pages: 310 pages

2. GoPro Cameras For Dummies

If you're looking for an overview of what GoPro cameras can do, this might be the book for you. It doesn't focus on one model – but gives some general tips that will help you shoot better photos and videos. See review at end of post.

Learn about the different GoPro settings and when to use them. You'll get a good intro to editing and sharing your photos and videos.

Much of what's covered is super-basic. The author doesn't make any assumptions – he covers everything from the ground up. The quality of the photos in the book are not that good. And the book focuses primarily on video.

Overall, the book is a good choice if you are completely new to GoPro, photography and videography.

GoPro Cameras for Dummies

  • Pages: 288 pages

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3. How to Use the GoPro Hero7 Black

This book focuses on the flagship camera – the Hero7 Black. If you have this camera and don't quite know what to do with it, this book will help.

You'll learn how to operate the camera, choose the best settings, details on specific mounts and some background in both photography and cinematography. Contains more than 100 color images, to walk you through the learning process.

Note: Written specifically for the GoPro Hero7 Black camera

GoPro: How to Use the GoPro Hero7 Black

Pages: 120 Pages


4. How To Use The GoPro Hero6 Black

Through the 7 steps in the book, you'll understand your camera and learn how to use GoPro Studio (free software by GoPro).

This book is perfect for beginners, but also provides in depth knowledge that will be useful for intermediate camera users.

Note: Written specifically for the GoPro Hero6 Black camera.

GoPro: How To Use The GoPro Hero6 Black

  • Pages: 114 pages

5. How To Use The GoPro Hero5 Black

[For the Hero5 Black camera]

The Hero5 was released last year and remains a very popular model. They have a simpler design – great for people who are new to using a GoPro camera.

This book is written specifically for the GoPro Hero5 Black, explaining the unique features of this camera series.

With more than 100+ images, this book provides clear, step-by-step lessons to get you out there using your GoPro Hero5 camera.

How To Use The GoPro Hero 

  • Pages: 112 pages

6. How To Use The GoPro Hero4 Black

This is the perfect guide book for anyone who wants to learn how to use a GoPro HERO 4 Black camera.

Designed for people with an active lifestyle, travelers, snowboarders, bikers, hikers, kayakers, surfers, skiers, standup paddlers, and boaters will find valuable knowledge with the lessons in this book.

Note: Written specifically for the GoPro Hero4 Black camera.

How To Use The GoPro Hero4 Black

  • Pages: 114 pages

7. How To Use The GoPro Hero4 Silver

This book covers everything you need to know about using your GoPro Hero4 Silver camera.

The book teaches you: how to choose your settings, tips for the most useful GoPro mounts, simple photo, video and time lapse editing techniques. It also help you to share your first edited video and photos.

Note: Written specifically for the GoPro Hero4 Silver camera. Read more about the best settings for the Hero4 Silver.

How To Use The GoPro Hero4 Silver

  • Pages: 112 pages

8. How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro

This is a best selling book for beginners. While it isn't just about GoPro – the principles definitely apply.

The author is actually a producer and director – not just an enthusiast. Steve Stockman has produced, written and directed 200+ commercials, short films, music videos and TV shows.

Here's what a couple of authors / producers had to say about it:

“Like two years of film school in 248 pages” — Steven Pressfield, author of “The War of Art” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance” 
“Stockman skipped past all the technical crap about how to use a camera and cut right to the chase: how do you shoot a video somebody else will WANT to watch? The only thing missing is a time machine so I could reshoot fifteen years of sucky birthday party and school play videos.” –David A. Goodman, Executive Producer/Head Writer of “Family Guy”

I haven't read this one yet – but just ordered it on Amazon. I can't wait to read it. My review will be published soon.

How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck

  • Pages: 248 pages

Get this book for free on Audible.


Bonus: YouTube Channels for Dummies (Monetization)

Thinking about publishing on YouTube? If you're thinking about monetizing your GoPro footage, you might want to check out YouTube Channels for Dummies.

It breaks down the process of creating content, establishing an audience, and monetizing your video content.


GoPro Cameras for Dummies: Review

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.

See current price of GoPro Cameras for Dummies

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 (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.

GoPro book review: GoPro Cameras for Dummies

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 Book Review

GoPro for Dummies reviewGoPro 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.

Learn more about GoPro macro photography.

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? Have you read GoPro Cameras for Dummies? Do you think you'll pick up a copy? Let us know what you think by commenting on this post.


Your Turn

Which one have you read – or is on your reading list? Am I missing a great GoPro book? Please share in the comments below!

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Bryan Haines is co-editor of ClickLikeThis: GoPro tutorial blog. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of GringosAbroad (Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with ClickLikeThis.

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