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How to Use a GoPro: The Missing GoPro Manual (Free)

Confused about how to use a GoPro? In this free GoPro manual, we’ll cover settings, time lapse, accessories, underwater, and specific shooting guides.

I’ll bet that you’re like most GoPro owners. You bought your camera full of hopes and dreams … only to realize it isn’t that simple. But don’t worry, with a few tips and pointers you’ll be shooting amazing footage – worthy of your adventure.

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Guide to Mastering Your GoPro

In this guide, we’ll cover all the important skills: settings, time lapse, accessories, underwater, and specific shooting guides.

This is the information that should ship with every GoPro. But it doesn’t. And that’s okay. We’ve been using GoPro cameras since 2012 – and own a box full. Over the years, we’ve learned what works (and what doesn’t).

Here’s how to get the most of out of your new GoPro:

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5 Reasons for GoPro Overheating: Plus 6 Tips for Extended Shooting

GoPro overheating? Yes, it's normal for your GoPro to get hot. It can actually feel too hot to touch sometimes ...
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How to Charge GoPro Battery & Camera: 4 Ways (All Models) 7 Charging Tips

GoPro batteries will typically last less than 2 hours. If you're out for an adventure, that probably won't cut it ...
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How to Turn Off Your GoPro (All Model Guide: Hero10 to Hero5)

If you have a new GoPro, it can be hard to find the off switch. There are actually three ways ...
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GoPro Won’t Turn On? 10 Things to Try (All Models) 7 Reasons

How do you fix a GoPro that won't turn on? In this post, we'll review 10 things to try when ...
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How Long Does a GoPro Battery Last? (8 Tips for a Longer Life)

How long does a GoPro battery last? Here's the average life for Hero8, Hero7, Hero6, Hero5 & Hero4. And 8 ...
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GoPro Charging Cables: All Model Guide (USB Cable for Data/Power)

Over the years, GoPro has used three types of USB cables: USB-C, Micro USB, and Mini USB. If you're wondering ...
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32 Cool Things to Do With a GoPro: Our Summer Adventure List

There are tons of cool things to do with a GoPro. In the past year, we've begun to see just ...
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How to Create a GoPro Sunset Timelapse (Bay of Fundy)

In this post, you'll learn how to create a GoPro sunset time lapse video. Last year, I published the settings ...
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16 GoPro Tips and Tricks (for Beginners): GoPro Photographers Share

In this post, you'll learn some great GoPro tips and tricks for beginners. GoPro Tips and Tricks for Beginners Here's ...
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13 GoPro Tips for Kids and Family Vacations (Settings, Composition, Gear)

In this post, I've put together 13 GoPro tips for kids and family vacations. Along with the tips, you'll find ...
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Should I Get a GoPro? 13 Things to Know (Before You Buy) Pros / Cons

If you're asking: "Should I get a GoPro?" this post will help. I'll cover 8 pros and 5 cons to ...
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16 GoPro Photography Tips for Great Photos: Hero8, Hero7, Hero6…

Here are 16 GoPro photography tips that will help you take control and get great photos - with your Hero8, ...
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Guide to GoPro LRV and THM Files (How to Open and Use Them)

You've probably noticed that your GoPro camera creates additional files when you're filming. They include .lrv and .thm - in ...
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How to Use GoPro WiFi Underwater: 2 Options (Plus 3 Great Uses)

Does GoPro WiFi work underwater? If you're like me, you assumed that the GoPro WiFi works underwater. But it doesn't ...
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How to Create a GoPro Driving Timelapse (Tips, Gear, Settings)

A few months ago my parents visited us in Cuenca, Ecuador and we took a city bus tour. To capture the ...
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5 GoPro Sunset Timelapse Settings, Gear, and Tips (Galapagos Beach)

In this post, you'll learn the GoPro sunset timelapse settings, gear, and tips you need to create your own sunset ...
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5 Required GoPro Hero3 Timelapse Settings (for Great Video)

With these GoPro Hero3 timelapse settings, you'll be ready to create your own. Here are the settings, gear, and tips ...
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6 GoPro Rattlesnake Videos: Terrifying Video From Their Den

Of all the things you could shoot with a GoPro, why would you choose a rattlesnake? Because they're awesome! Let's ...
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GoPro Says No SD: How to Easily Fix a GoPro SD Card Error (Hero10 to Hero3)

When your GoPro says NO SD, it can be kind of frustrating - and scary. In this post, you'll learn ...
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How to Connect GoPro to Your Computer: Upload 4 Ways (USB, App)

So you filled your GoPro with adventures and memories. Now it's time to get them off your camera and upload ...
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Computer Not Recognizing GoPro? Here’s How to Make it Show Up

So you're trying to upload your photos and videos - but your computer isn't recognizing your GoPro camera? In this ...
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5 Reasons GoPro Freezes Up (Plus Quickly Fix All GoPro Models)

So your GoPro froze up and isn't responding? That's super frustrating. In this post, you'll learn what causes GoPro freezes ...
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How to Connect GoPro to a TV: 5 Easy Ways to Playback Videos

So you have some great GoPro footage and it's time to show it off. Here are 5 ways to connect ...
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How to Dry Your GoPro: Guide to Fixing Water Damage

If your GoPro has water damage, this post will help. Here's how to successfully dry your GoPro after getting it ...
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Most Stable GoPro Mount Ever? Pedco UltraClamp Review

If you're tired of wobbly GoPro mounts, you'll be interested in the UltraClamp. I've tested this mount on benches, trees, ...
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GoPro Editing Software: 13 Best Video Editors for Beginners & Pros

Trying to sort out GoPro editing software? You're in the right place! While GoPro makes it easy to shoot video, ...
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7 Best Free GoPro Editing Software Options

Are you looking for the best free GoPro editing software? Awesome! In this post, I'll share the best options for ...
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6 GoPro Hero5 Tips to Use Your GoPro Like a Pro

So you have a new Hero5 Black? Nice! Here are 6 GoPro Hero5 tips and tricks to help you get ...
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How to Use GoPro Underwater: 12 Tips (7 Aquatic Accessories)

In this post, you'll learn how to use GoPro underwater. These underwater tips and accessories will help you take great ...
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GoPro Live Stream (3 Ways) Creators Guide to Settings, Gear, Tips

Want to share your adventure live with your audience? In this post, you'll learn how to GoPro live stream. I ...
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13 Tips for GoPro Night Shooting: Guide to Settings, Composition, Gear

In this post, you'll learn about GoPro night shooting. This includes settings, setup, composition, and gear. There are lots of ...
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GoPro Rock Climbing Guide: 12 Tips, Settings, Mounts, Accessories

So you want to film your next climb? There's no question - GoPro is your best choice. In this guide ...
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Going Diving? Best GoPro Settings, Tips, and Gear for Scuba Diving

In this post, you'll learn 5 GoPro settings for diving. We also include gear, tips, and more to help you ...
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GoPro Wind Noise? 9 Tips to Reduce it Quickly (All Models)

Wind noise on your GoPro footage can be rough - even making it unwatchable. How do I stop the wind ...
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GoPro Snorkeling Guide: 12 Tips and Settings (7 Best Mounts, Accessories)

So you're going snorkeling? Nice! Don't forget to bring your GoPro. This is what they were made for - high ...
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GoPro Motorcycle Guide: 11 GoPro Tips, Settings, Mounts, Composition

Do you want to film your ride with a GoPro camera? In this post, you'll get 11 GoPro motorcycle tips, ...
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7 GoPro Tips for Snowboarding Selfies (Gear, Composition, Settings)

Attention Snowboarders: You can take better selfies and footage! Check out these 7 GoPro tips for snowboarding selfies to get ...
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GoPro Bodyboard: How to Film, 5 Mounts (Install Guide), Video

Ready to film your bodyboarding adventure? In this post, you'll learn how to film your day, and install the GoPro ...
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GoPro Surfing Guide: 13 GoPro Surfing Tips, Settings, Mounts, Composition

Here are 13 tips for shooting GoPro surfing footage, including settings, composition, and Protune. Plus, I've included the 5 best ...
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7 Best GoPro Accessories For Skiing: Ski Pole Mount, Helmet, Chesty

In this post, I'll share the 7 best GoPro accessories for skiing for all current GoPro cameras. They include ski ...
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13 GoPro Driving Tips: Settings, Mounts, Composition to Film Your Trip

In this GoPro driving guide, you'll learn how to create videos and drive lapse of your trips. We include settings, ...
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GoPro Baseball Guide: 14 GoPro Tips, Settings, Mounts, Composition

Here are 14 tips for shooting GoPro baseball footage, including settings, protune and composition. I've also included the best GoPro ...
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12 GoPro Fishing Tips: Guide to Settings, Accessories, Composition

Going fishing? Nice! In this GoPro fishing guide, you'll learn the best GoPro for fishing and the specific tips and ...
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GoPro Biking Guide: 13 Tips for Road & Mountain Bikers: Settings, Mounts…

Ready to film your next ride? In this guide to GoPro biking, you'll learn the tips, settings and gear you'll ...
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GoPro Zipline: 12 Tips for Shooting Awesome Ziplining Video

So you're going ziplining? Here's how to film your zipline excursion with your GoPro. These tips cover composition, settings, gear, ...
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How to Use GoPro as Dash Cam (and a Better Way) Best Settings, Gear, Tips

Can I use my GoPro as a dash cam? Yes, it is actually well suited for that setup. In this ...
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How to Delete GoPro Videos: 4 Easy Methods (SD Card, App, USB)

The easiest way to free up space on your GoPro is to delete files you no longer need. In this ...
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8 Best GoPro SD Cards (All Models) Ultimate 2021 Memory Guide

Looking for the best GoPro SD card for your camera? Here are our top picks for each model. Plus, you'll ...
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GoPro Voice Commands: All Model Guide (17 Voice Activated Commands)

The GoPro menu can be kinda clumsy. GoPro voice commands will help you get the footage you want without the ...
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Can You Zoom in on a GoPro? Guide to GoPro Zoom (Current Models and Tips)

So, can you zoom in on a GoPro? The short answer is yes. But as with most things in photography, ...
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GoPro Waterproof Guide [All Models] Depth Specs, Cases, Tips

I'm sure you've heard that GoPros are waterproof. Are they really? How waterproof are they? In this post, you'll learn ...
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GoPro Microphone Guide (All Models) 6 External Mics, Adapters

Out of the box, GoPro mics aren't perfect. If you plan to vlog with your GoPro, you should consider an ...
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GoPro Sensor Size / Aperture Comparison: All Models (Crop Factor)

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How Much Does a GoPro Weigh? Weight & Size Chart (All Models)

So, how much does a GoPro weigh? In this guide, we'll compare the weight and size of the 14 most ...
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GoPro Password Guide: Reset in 60 Seconds (Default, Forgot, WiFi, Name)

Confused about GoPro passwords? In this guide, we'll cover how to reset your GoPro password in 60 seconds (all models) ...
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GoPro Serial Number Check: What GoPro Do I Have? (All Models)

Looking for your GoPro serial number? In this post, you'll learn how to do a GoPro serial number check. And ...
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Blue Light Flashing on Your GoPro? What it Means / Turn it Off

Curious why there is a blue light flashing on your GoPro? The GoPro blinking blue light indicates that wireless function ...
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How to Use GoPro as a Webcam: Chatting and Streaming in 4K?

Can I use my GoPro as a webcam? Yes. But GoPro isn't made for this and they don't really recommend ...
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The Best GoPro Gimbal for Stable Video (Plus 6 Stabilizer Runners Up)

For stable video, you can't do better than a GoPro gimbal. In this post, you'll learn about the best GoPro ...
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GoPro Bird Photography: Best Bird Feeder Camera (Setup and Tips)

If you love birding, you're going to love this GoPro bird photography idea. It's going to make capturing great footage ...
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12 GoPro Animal Photography Tips: Settings, Gear, Composition…

Looking for some GoPro photo tips for shooting animals? Perfect. In this post, you'll learn 12 tips for shooting great ...
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How to Make a Deer Camera with a GoPro: Settings, Tips, Mounts

Want to film wildlife in your backyard? In this post, you'll learn how I setup my GoPro to film deer ...
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How to Make a GoPro Timelapse Video (6 Steps) Plus Tips, Settings, Gear

In this post, you'll learn the settings I use to create timelapse videos with my GoPro. Here's how I make ...
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6 Best GoPro Hero4 Silver Settings for Beginners [Video]

In this post, we'll explore 6 of the best GoPro Hero4 Silver settings. The GoPro Hero4 Silver touch screen makes it ...
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GoPro Hero4 Black Settings: 12 Resolutions and Frame Rates

Curious about all the GoPro Hero4 Black settings? Here are all the settings in a list and in one video ...
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Guide to GoPro Hero4 Settings: Resolutions, Frame Rates, and FOV

In this post, you'll learn about the basic GoPro settings: resolutions, frame rates, and field of view (FOV). Both what they ...
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How to Fix GoPro Audio Problems: External Mic 3.5mm Adapter Review

In this post, you'll learn how to fix your GoPro audio issues. It's no secret that I love my GoPro. I've ...
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5 Ways to Prevent Water Drops on GoPro Lens (Best Hydrophobic Repellents)

What is the best way to prevent water drops on GoPro lens? It might not sound like it at first, ...
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4 Speargun Mounts for GoPro: Plus 8 Tips for Great Underwater Footage

In this post, you'll learn how to make your own speargun camera mount for GoPro. And I include 8 tips ...
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How to Shoot Half Underwater GoPro Photos (Gear + 6 Tips)

In this post, you'll learn how to shoot half underwater photos with your GoPro. You'll learn about 3 challenges when ...
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How to Contact GoPro: GoPro Phone Number, Email & Twitter List

Need to contact GoPro? Here's the complete GoPro phone number, email, and Twitter handle list. If you're calling the company, ...
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Shoot in Protune Flat for Best GoPro Color

Want a great GoPro photography tip? I always shoot in Protune flat because it captures the best color. The Protune flat ...
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Introduction to GoPro Macro Photography: 16 Tips Plus Best Lenses

GoPro macro photography - really?! GoPro built their brand on action and sports photography. But that's not all it's good for ...
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How to Eliminate GoPro Lens Fog (2 Ways)

In this post, you'll learn how to eliminate GoPro lens fog. But first, we're going to discover why your GoPro fogs ...
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6 Tips for Indoor GoPro Photos (Settings, Gear, Positioning…)

In this article, you'll learn how to take indoor GoPro photos. All GoPro cameras have either 10 or 12 megapixel sensors. And ...
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GoPro Skateboarding Guide: 17 Tips, Settings, Mounts, Accessories and Composition

Ready to film your tricks and travels? In this GoPro skateboarding guide, you'll learn how to improve your footage and ...
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How to Update Your GoPro Hero4 Firmware (and Fix a Fail)

In this post, you'll learn how to update the firmware on your GoPro Hero4. And how to fix a fail, ...
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What is Protune on GoPro? (Explained with Side-by-Side Photos)

If you're asking What is Protune on GoPro? you're not alone. It's kind of confusing. You've probably heard a little bit about it ...
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GoPro Settings: 9 Tutorials

This set of skills will help you immediately get more out of your GoPro. You’ll learn how to control your camera with voice commands, use LRV and THM files, setup a live stream, and even use your GoPro as a webcam (and dash cam).

Plus you’ll learn the right settings to get the best battery life, and how to fix some common SD card errors.


GoPro Time Lapse: 5 Tutorials

Shooting a time lapse video was one of the first things I shot with my first GoPro. Here’s how it came out.

Since then, we’ve learn a lot about time lapse. Here’s what you need to get started:


GoPro Accessories: 10 Guides

The right accessory can make or break your footage. And if you have a flimsy selfie stick or a weak car mount – you’ll get poor video. Or you might even lose your camera.

Here are the top GoPro accessories – we have bought and tested more than 120 mounts, batteries, cards, backpacks, and other accessories.

And here are the best ones:


GoPro Shooting: 11 Guides

Specific sports and situations require specific settings and skills. In these guides, you’ll learn how to shoot in a variety of different settings. These range from driving, surfing, fishing and at night.

As you head out on an adventure, just check the corresponding guide for the gear to bring and the settings you need. This will short cut any learning curve – and have you shooting great footage – and capturing your memories very quickly.

Here’s what you need to know:


GoPro Underwater: 9 Tutorials

One of the biggest draws of the GoPro camera is that it is waterproof. The newest models don’t even require a waterproof housing.

These guide will help you to create great footage while keeping your camera safe. We cover how to shoot half underwater photos and how to use WiFi underwater. Plus we have guides for snorkeling and diving.

Here are our tutorials for using GoPro underwater:

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Stay tuned for more. We’ll continue to cover GoPro skills, tutorials, and settings – helping you get the most out of your camera.

Your Turn

What’s your next adventure? Have a question or tip to share? Join us in the comments!