Photo: Balint Hambalko
Location: Sri Lanka
How To Become a Pro With Your Action Camera?
Tips by Gáspár Albert from Beyond The Standard
About Gáspár and Beyond The Standard
Gáspár is a swiss army knife when it comes to adventures and extreme sports. He grew up in the wild mountains of Transylvania. Besides being a professional triathlete and doing Ironmans, he is also a licensed tour guide, ski instructor, sailor, diver, skydiver. He loves free-ride skiing, mountain biking, enduro motorcycling, kite-surfing, rock climbing, and mountaineering. Obviously it is always nice to capture and share these amazing actions.
Beyond The Standard is an independent travel designer firm and was launched to share the passion for winter sports, surfing, motorcycle touring and vanlife of the founding members. The BTS Team has more than 10 years of operational experience with off the beaten track travel itineraries and explored more than 100 countries. In order to document their journeys, they always captured those experiences with HQ videos, cameras, and drones.
Gáspárs tips for action photography
Your Photo & Video Kit
- The best camera is the one that is always with you
- Start small and build up your kit slowly
- Be a master of your kit and know how to use everything
What and how to pack
When it comes to packing your gear, I recommend keeping it small and as compact as possible. Use one big layer system – choose a backpack that’s big enough for all your gear and use smaller bags for every gear category. For example your main camera, the action camera, drone accessories, and a stabilizer.
The pack you are choosing should be suitable for the weather and the activity you’re planning. It should be comfortable, easy to access, and provide good care for your gear.
Setting up your gear
When you arrive at a new destination calibrate and update your gear. Remember to arrive fully charged and to free memory at the end of each day.
General Pro Tips
- Always be ready to shoot
- Plan your shoots beforehand
- Get close enough
- Shoot short clips of 10-20 seconds for videos
- The best combination of shoots is a mix of wide shots, close-up shots, and motion shoots.
"When making a video or photo album we always look for the perfect balance between action, landscape and lifestyle"
Photo: Gaspar Albert
From snowboarding in winter to surfing in a tropical landscape or motorcycling in the wilderness – different seasons and different outdoor activities require different preparation and equipment for good shoots. These are my accessory tips:
Winter: action camera stabilizer for the best follow shoot action
Tropics: GoPro Underwater Dome Housing for the best 50/50 shoots
Wilderness: Motorcycle clamp mount for an action camera to record your ride from every angle
“The main goal is to capture the feeling of a moment, for the shoot to be great, the experience has to be even better!”
Photo: Janos Benjamin Vertes
After the trip
- Start working as soon as possible to keep it fresh
- Select and edit only the top 100 photos
- Create presets in editing programs
- Trim the best videos to 10sec clips
- Find a story for your clips
- Use music to create the flow and vibe
- Make a short video – max. 5 minutes
Photo: Janos Benjamin Vertes