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?'s about Spearfishing with a GoPro

Old 04-25-2019, 06:48 AM
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I'm getting ready for my first ever spearfishing trip next month and, not surprisingly, I would like to capture it with video. My group found a guide that will supply all the gear we need to spearfish, however none of the gear comes with GoPro mounts. I intend to rent GoPro's for the trip. I'm looking for suggestions as to what type of mounts I should use. The rental company has many different mounts to chose from, but I'm not sure what would work best. I have looked into buying masks with mounts, but they seem too expensive for a first time trip. Any Suggestions would be great.
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Old 04-25-2019, 06:54 AM
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First time spearfishing I would focus on trying to fill the cooler, not showing your instagram followers sand bottom for 3 hours.
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Old 04-25-2019, 07:37 AM
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Thanks, however, no instagram here.
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Old 04-26-2019, 02:25 AM
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Use a head mount, but be ready for a bunch of video that doesn't show what you want. I took me a few dives to figure out what angle to put the camera at and how to look at something to have it be in the center of the frame and look on video how it looked to me while diving.
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Old 04-27-2019, 02:41 PM
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If you're new to spearfishing then you will have your hands full with that. If you're going to shoot video, the headband mount is ok but better is getting a mask with the GoPro built in. With that setup, the camera sees what you see. Your gaze will linger on interesting stuff, so the camera does too. Just point the camera a little more downward than you'd think. The downside is that occasionally your regulator bubbles will get into the frame, but that's not a major detractor compared to the benefit of being able to shoot video of your whole dive without even thinking about it. Have your buddy check to ensure camera is on before you roll.
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Old 04-27-2019, 02:50 PM
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Capturing decent video while spearfishing requires proficiency in both spearfishing and shooting video. Neither of which you posess.

Get your buddy to shoot with the GoPro while you concentrate on your spearfishing skills. You will find that it is not as easy as it looks.

Otherwise, get a mask mounted GoPro and just leave it running. Then edit out all the boring stuff and blurry shots.
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Old 04-27-2019, 03:31 PM
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I would also recommend mask mounted. You’ll have your hands full, with the mask mount, the GoPro is out of the way. I have an XSScuba mask with a GoPro mount, and I’ve been real happy with it.

A couple pieces of advice.

First, position your GoPro on your mask so that the GoPro body is parallel to your mask glass. That seems to be a good starting point. Nothing more frustrating than finding your camera is shooting too low and miss the action. Prior to the GoPro, I had a LiquiD Image camera mask. That always shot low, and was not adjustable.

Second, edit heavily. No one wants to watch the entire dive. It’s boring when you aren’t actually diving. And you viewers will probably end up dizzy. I usually end up with about 3-4 minutes of decent video from a 30-40 minute dive.

Third, check your air regularly. Especially since this will be your first Spearfishing trip. You will suck through your air much faster than normal.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:21 AM
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Good advice above. The head straps suck, gopro mask is the way to go.
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Old 05-03-2019, 12:23 PM
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Thanks all, for the advice. Looking forward to this adventure!
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:40 AM
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If you don't plan on buying your own GoPro and don't want the hassle of breaking in a new mask a head strap will work ok and will be complimented with a hood. Heed all the warnings above with respect to aiming the thing. IMHO slightly downward of parallel with your facemask lens works for me. Get used to tilting it by feel because there's a good chance when you roll in you'll move it around a bit.

If you want a bubble free mount that you can use later check out Reg Mount. Do be aware that mounting in front of your purge button requires some extra thought when purging manually.

If you have a Riffe mask here's a quick & cheap mount I made. It moves side to side in addition to up/down so beware of that design, but like I said it was cheap.

Now go shoot some fish!

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Old 05-14-2019, 07:22 PM
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My 2 cents worth.
Listen to the people telling you to spear fish first.
Depending on your skill level, this could be enough on your plate to start with.
You have to keep up with where you are as well as what you are shooting.
As for the camera, I would PASS on the head mounted cameras.
Most people don't leave the camera still enough on a subject to get a good shot.
It takes lot's of practice.
Then there are the bubbles.
There are several companies that have mounts on your spear gun to attach your camera when the time comes.
These give you a " down the barrel" shot of your target. Just be sure you gun isn't banded if you want to video your friends.
Have fun and watch your gas !!

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