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I'm taking a Go Pro to shoot some diving video, and I've never done this before. Assuming a mask mount is not an option, would you strap it to your wrist, attach it to your BC, or take it loose / on a lanyard with some sort of short pole? I've seen floatation mounts - are they recommended for diving?

  • the gopro has the wrist mount and the gopole, avoid the head strap in your situation. I presume its for filming your openwater? – Erik vanDoren Jun 28 '16 at 18:22
  • Not necessarily - I suspect I don't want to be fiddling with it during that, though we'll see how the first one goes. We're planning a few other dives after that though. – fields Jun 28 '16 at 19:21
  • I'm thinking the wrist strap looks like a nice option. – fields Jun 28 '16 at 19:22
  • @fields depends on what you already have on your wrists - dive computers, gloves, drysuit vents, slates would all make wrist placement harder - monopods are very commonly used :) – Aravona Jun 29 '16 at 7:59
  • Something I learned the hard way is the go pro editing software sucks. Get yourself a copy lightworks and learn to use it – user2766 Sep 13 '17 at 10:56
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Personally while scuba diving I have it on a monopod with a strap around my wrist. Not only does this prevent bubbles clouding your shot, it allows you to extend it beyond your normal reach.

Ever tried getting close to a shoal of fish? Near damm impossible. With an extended monopod, moved very slowly, you can get really nice shots.

  • I have used a similar arrangement, but with a clip attached to the bottom of the monopod, clipped to one of my D rings... Just in case I ever dropped it in deep waters. – Marv Mills Jul 1 '16 at 13:16
  • The advantage of a pole is that you can have a focal point too (even if that's just yourself). Ever watched a video of just what someone is seeing (yawn). There's no perspective either when nothing is in shot. This is all from a climbing/walking experience but I'd imagine it applies to scuba diving too – user2766 Sep 13 '17 at 10:48
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GoPros have quite short battery life and it's not possible to change the battery under water. Therefore you'll need to turn it on and off. The best place to hold a GoPro is in the hand as you can frame the shot and hold it steady. Attaching it to a helmet / head strap results in lots of poor video which you'll probably throw away.

Either attach a bolt snap to the GoPro housing and keep it in your pocket on a bungee loop, or use a handle -- and add a bolt snap, etc.

If you're doing more photography than diving, a 'tray' style system is better with a couple of lights on handles either side.

Lighting is key to good underwater photography and GoPros aren't that good in really low light, e.g. UK diving, so you'll need additional lighting that is very wide-angle. The best lights are very expensive; many times the price of the GoPro camera.

I accidentally flooded my GoPro by failing to properly close the housing -- an expensive mistake. However, as an unintended consequence, my diving massively improved as I now enjoy the dive and not taking endless awful quality video!

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I always use this.

It's a Hand grip, which is inexpensive and easy to use. you can attach it with the band to your wrist. That means you can just let it float if you don't use it at the moment. Then when you want to use it, just grap it again.

Also I would recommend to buy a red filter. The Light and the colors look much better and more natural.

Oh and btw. your remote for your camera wont work underwater. I made that experience by myself! :)

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There are different ways depending on how you swim, take photo/film, etc.

A head mounted approach is easiest and shows people your POV (point of view), bubbles can be an issue depending on your reg and swimming position. But greater risk in losing it of your head. Some people hard mount it on a plastic type helmet (cycle/caving/construction) and then attach the helmet over their hood.

Some people like chest mounted straps as this is more secure, but you need to swim less streamlined else you only see the ground below you, which can be great depending on where you diving.

The other more versatile option is to place it on your wrist and then you swim with wrist pointing at what you want to film, also easy to remove and put on a stick if you want to get close-ups.

Each method will need some practice to aim correctly, but best is to try all three and find the method that gives you the best results.

  • POV shots are really, really dull. When I first started trying to make videos I did lots of these (not scuba TBF) but quickly learned that you need something in shot, for interest and perspective. It's also really hard to keep the camera still (again scuba might be different I'm not a diver) so you can make your audience sea sick (pun?!) – user2766 Sep 13 '17 at 10:50

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