Part 2: What I learned from starting a Youtube channel using nothing but GoPros. by Justin Kietzman

After work one day me and my previously mentioned co-worker decided to head out to the Lower Madison River near Bozeman Montana. Armed to the teeth with every piece of fishing equipment we owned and two Go-Pro Hero 2’s, with cut up cases so I could stick Panasonic Stereo mic’s in them; which completely removes the waterproofing (I don’t understand how I never destroyed one of those cameras).

We were amped and ready to catch fish.

We got to our fishing spot at Red Mountain campground, a location we had caught many fish at before, put on the Go-Pros and hit the water with our fly rods. Not-so-luckily for us, there was a screaming drunk person on a float going past every 2 minutes, spilling beer in the water and making as much noise as possible. So after about two hours of fishing and one complete set of Go-Pro batteries, we decided to hang up the graceful touch of the fly rods and move down river to faster water and break out the spinning rods.

Once there, I realized the battery situation was more dire than I had realized. The battery on the Go-Pro I was wearing was at 50% and I only had one spare for my co-worker. So the rest of the day was nothing more than me occasionally switching on my Go-Pro when I thought I was about to catch fish, then forgetting to switch it back off, draining my battery even more. Luckily my partner that day, caught a few fish while his was running, scoring us some decent very shaky footage.

Go-Pros are the most reliable cameras on the market.

If you treat them well and follow the rules, they will work. As long as you have a fast enough memory card, you will never get a file error, especially in Protune. They can record video for constantly for the life of the battery, they will not shut off on you like most DSLR’s. The batteries run for two hours only, the primary complaint I hear about Go-Pros is the battery, these are primarily from people with little camera experience. Besides one Canon camcorder I owned, the Go-Pro has the longest single battery life of any camera I own. If you need the camera to run longer, they sell battery backpacs, or you can use an external charger, upping your time to 4-6 hours.

Next week I will talk about my editing workflow with the Go-Pro footage.

 

Stay Tuned

 

-Justin Kietzman

Waves of Ventura – Behind the Scenes

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On December 25, 2015 I flew from Bozeman, Montana to San Diego international airport. I packed light for the trip, ditching all the heavier clothing for shorts and a t-shirt in preparation for the transition from temperatures, just above zero to ┬áthose in the 60’s. Packing light allowed some room to not only bring my Sony a5100 and a few extra lenses but a small Manfrotto tripod and fluid head.

After a few days visiting with the family, my wife Amanda and I drove north towards Ventura, California where this piece was filmed. The first few scenes of the film were taken in Ventura harbor while walking along the beach. The surfers and sunset clips where shot on the last day of our stay. The airport sequence was taken before we took off from LAX to return home.

Once I returned home the data was all ingested by Justin. Time lapses where built using Adobe After Effects CC 2016 and the footage was color corrected and cut together using Adobe Premier Pro CC 2016. Justin took all the footage and weaved it into a great little piece showcasing the Waves of Ventura.

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