I know I need to fix that deck rail for sure. But for now my deck has been a great place to capture some great cloud motion. I am going to get out soon in to the field and start this, but I am still learning and have found out a few things about the GoPro4 Hero Black
- The aperture being fixed at F2.8 really tends to allow brighter parts of a sky to be totally blown 255:255:255, i.e. pure white
- You can spot meter the brighter portion of the image, but there is not way to lock that exposure down.
- The GoPro4 Hero Black has two ways to help control this, EV adjustment and iso control, but even with both of these at the lowest settings you will blow highlights.
- The 12MP jpgs from ths camera are loaded with details and considering the camera, I am impressed.
- At iso ranges of 100 to 400, there is a lot of extra dynamic range left in the shadows that can be pulled up in software like Premiere Pro.
This video is a improvement over some of my earlier versions, but there are still some massive blow outs. I realize that I could be using my DSLR cameras and taking the same type of shots, but the GoPro does make it a lot easier to work with. I took this in 5 second series, but as the clouds were really moving, I might have wanted to consider 2 second series instead.
One other thing I have learned, the iPhone 6+ will not connect via WiFi to the GoPro4. I have tried everything I can think of. Actually the iPhone 6+ will connect to the WiFi, but for some reason the GoPro app, can’t connect. I have made the WiFi connection many times with my iPhone 6+, but it seems that to pair (something that is different with the GoPro4), you also need to make a Bluetooth connection and no matter what I try, I can’t pair the unit. So for now, I am still using my older iPhone 5 to control the GoPro4.
I would never try to setup such a camera from the menu on the camera as the LCD is just too small and it’s a bit confusing. My iPhone 5 connects every time, however in certain spots where there may be a lot of other WiFi signals, it may take several attempts. However once attached it does stay that way. The drain on the phone is not too bad.
I have now determined that I should be able to get about a one and half (90 minutes) time lapse with one battery installed. A 64GB card is plenty to hold the series and a lot more. Not sure how long it would last on pure video, but I am still learning that.