I get this question a lot. How do you take your running and swimming pictures? Is someone with you? Now, I think we’ve established that I hate humans and have very few friends, so we all know the answer to this is a big fat NOPE.
Instead, I have this lil’ cute guy. The GoPro Hero 5 Black.
I do a couple of things when I run. During winter, it is really easy to stash it in my coat, vest, ect. In the summer during long runs, I will put it my hydration pack. It fits perfectly in the top pocket of the one I use. During summer runs, I might just hold it, or stash it in the glove compartment of my car and snap my photo when I get back.
Let’s talk accessories. For most runs, I use this tripod. It is slim, lightweight and easy. I got this attachment for my bike. Lastly, I use this for the pool. The suction cup for the pool doesn’t really work all that well. It is hard to get it to stick to the tile. I can usually get it to work, but sometimes I just let the camera lay on the floor of the pool and call it good haha!
Logistics: The first thing you need to do is install the capture app from GoPro. Even though the Hero5 lets you view pictures on the back, I want them on my phone ASAP, so this works best for me.
Once I select time lapse photo, I hit start and then run by the camera a few times. Run back to the camera, hit the red button again, and take a look to make sure I got one I like.
Editing – I like Snapseed the best for fixing lighting and bringing out muscle definition and colors.
This photo is before Snapseed.
Sometimes from the wrong angle, the lens can make you look wider than you are, so you just have to find the angles you like. I really can’t explain it except to just run by the camera on the ground, in a tree, on a trash can, on a fence, from behind, front facing and see what you like best.
As you can see here, my stride is not actually that gazelle-like, but it is a good angle.
I think this picture does a good job of highlighting the fish eye. I personally like the look of it a lot. Especially for action shots.
Another fun angle is to hold it over your head while you run. Using the time lapse photo helps stabilize the movement. I hate the way my nose looks from the side, so I always turn my head the other way haha! Plus that way I don’t have to worry about if my expression looks weird lol!
This is a pool shot. My friend IronWillIronJill told me an outdoor pool is way better for clearer swim shots – on my list to try 🙂
I have also searched GoPro tips, and try to learn more all the time. I thought this post from JessRunsBlessed was super helpful. Before I had a GoPro, I read about this tripod for your phone from Maury at MyHeartRaces. Way cheaper and it worked great!
Lastly, don’t overanalyze your body in your pictures. NO one else is. They look, double tap, and continue scrolling.
It will take practice, but I think its a fun way to document my runs and places I get to go while running.