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How to capture tours, useful checklists...

Before You Leave the House

This part is written from bitter experience -- turning up, excited to start filming, and realising I’ve forgotten something.
Now I perform the following checks before leaving home:
  1. 1.
    Are the batteries fully charged and is one in the camera? Have you packed a spare?
  2. 2.
    Do the MicroSD cards have enough free space for everything you plan to shoot? Are they both in the camera?
  3. 3.
    Is the monopod in/on the pack (including GoPro mounts and screws)?
  4. 4.
    Have you enabled GPS mode? Is the time correct for your location?
  5. 5.
    Is time-lapse mode on the correct interval for the type of transport you will use to shoot?
  6. 6.
    What is the weather like? Have you checked the best source of weather information available for the location?
You should also consider safety. Have you got the right gear for the environment? Are you prepared for changes in the weather? Are you going out with a friend? Does someone at home know your plans? Have you packed water and food?

Capturing a Sequence

Mount the camera, turn it on, set the mode, put on the pack, and start the capture.
You don’t need any more instructions -- you’re all set. Below you'll find some tips, but above all just get outdoors and start shooting. You'll figure it our as you go.

General tips

  • Make sure to remove the lens caps on the camera before shooting
  • Before shooting, make sure the GPS is locked on (this can take a few minutes, depending on your location).
  • Avoid capturing in the rain and in low-light situations. The images will turn out much worse than what you see with the human eye. (This particularly applies when you're in a car.)
  • Be prepared for questions. Many people will be intrigued by your Trek Pack. We encourage Trekkers to share what they’re doing with others, and why. Many people will, rightly, be concerned about their privacy. Be prepared to explain how your photos will be used.
  • Make sure you comply with local laws around public photography too. Generally don’t shoot on private property or around children, but make sure you know what is and isn’t allowed beforehand.
  • Above all, enjoy the outdoors!