March 29, 2011
Filming Fish Underwater With a GoPro Hero Camera
By Tim Romano
Earlier in the week I posted on the $9.57 vise. Today I've got a bit more DIY fishy goodness for you.
As you know I'm a photographer and being such play around with as many different cameras as I can get my hands on. One of which is the GoPro HD Hero. It shoots full 1080 HD video, has an underwater housing, and can be mounted to almost anything you can think of. It's a remarkable little piece of equipment and relatively inexpensive. I use it a ton for various fishing applications and I'm finding that lots of amateur photographer/videographers are using them as well to document their days out on the water.
The one small problem with the GoPro is that if you're using it exclusively for underwater work it is slightly out of focus. As it says on the the company's home page, "Please note that due to the curved lens of the waterproof housing for the HD HERO camera and standard def Wide HERO cameras, you will notice a slight loss of sharpness with underwater images."
If you're an GoPro user or are thinking about getting one and want some better quality underwater footage you can thank the gents over at Jazz and Fly Fishing for figuring this one out. Appropriate, right? They've done a photo-illustrated step by step DIY fix for your underwater focus GoPro woes.
Check out the difference in their video below and do check out the GoPro if you're interested in an waterproof video camera for your fishing needs.