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How to Use a GoPro: The Missing GoPro Manual (Free)

Confused about how to use a GoPro? In this free GoPro manual, we’ll cover settings, timelapse, underwater, and specific shooting guides. Need accessories? Check out our full GoPro Gear Guide.

I’ll bet that you’re like most GoPro owners. You bought your camera full of hopes and dreams … only to realize it isn’t that simple. But don’t worry, with a few tips and pointers you’ll be shooting amazing footage – worthy of your adventure.

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How to Use Your GoPro

Here are all the GoPro tutorials and guides that we’ve written to help you master your camera.

Is there a topic you’re looking for? Why not leave a comment at the end of the page and we’ll add it to our list.

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Guide to Mastering Your GoPro

In this guide, we’ll cover all the important skills: settings, time lapse, accessories, underwater, and specific shooting guides.

This is the information that should ship with every GoPro. But it doesn’t. And that’s okay. We’ve been using GoPro cameras since 2012 – and own a box full. Over the years, we’ve learned what works (and what doesn’t).

Here’s how to get the most of out of your new GoPro:

GoPro Settings: 9 Tutorials

This set of skills will help you immediately get more out of your GoPro. You’ll learn how to control your camera with voice commands, use LRV and THM files, setup a live stream, and even use your GoPro as a webcam (and dash cam).

Plus you’ll learn the right settings to get the best battery life, and how to fix some common SD card errors.

GoPro Time Lapse: 5 Tutorials

Shooting a time-lapse video was one of the first things I shot with my first GoPro. Here’s how it came out.

Since then, we’ve learned a lot about time-lapse. Here’s what you need to get started:

GoPro Accessories: 10 Guides

The right accessory can make or break your footage. And if you have a flimsy selfie stick or a weak car mount – you’ll get poor video. Or you might even lose your camera.

Here are the top GoPro accessories – we have bought and tested more than 120 mounts, batteries, cards, backpacks, and other accessories.

GoPro Shooting: 11 Guides

Specific sports and situations require specific settings and skills. In these guides, you’ll learn how to shoot in a variety of different settings. These range from driving, surfing, fishing, and at night.

As you head out on an adventure, just check the corresponding guide for the gear to bring and the settings you need. This will shortcut any learning curve – and have you shooting great footage – and capturing your memories very quickly.

GoPro Underwater: 9 Tutorials

One of the biggest draws of the GoPro camera is that it is waterproof. The newest models don’t even require waterproof housing.

This guide will help you to create great footage while keeping your camera safe. We cover how to shoot half underwater photos and how to use WiFi underwater. Plus we have guides for snorkeling and diving.

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Stay tuned for more. We’ll continue to cover GoPro skills, tutorials, and settings – helping you get the most out of your camera.

Your Turn

What’s your next adventure? Have a question or tip to share? Join us in the comments!