for the first time in a long while. I think the last time I felt this way was when I got my first computer, a Dell laptop, during my sophomore year of college. I have a distinct memory of opening the box at the kitchen table with my mom watching; she was just as eager as I was. When I finally got it out and pulled off all the shipping material and set it on the table, the two of us gasped. “It’s so sleek, I’m afraid to touch it,” I said. She agreed that I probably shouldn’t touch it. So we just stared at it for a while.
Of course these days it looks like a big clunker, but it definitely served me well.
So, you may be asking, what is this new technology that has so impressed me? Well those of you who know me know I’ve been getting into making little movies lately, so naturally the technology of which I speak is a video camera: The GoPro Hero 7 black. (It’s actually an older GoPro, and not terribly expensive either, especially if you get it used or refurbished. BTW, I should mention that I’m not getting paid to endorse GoPro cameras, but if GoPro wants to pay me, I’ll be happy to oblige.)
Most of my handheld phone footage is unusable or requires a lot of editing. That’s probably my fault, but I whatever the case, I chose this camera for its size and its “HyperSmooth” stabilization, which really is amazing. To capture the first few clips of the mountain and palo verde tree, I mounted the GoPro to a cheap telescoping monopod that came with the camera—basically a camera on a stick setup—and just brought the monopod up as high as I could reach and lowered it by hand. Try doing that with a phone camera. It also has the capability to shoot in 4K, but I think you sacrifice the stabilization feature, which makes shooting in 4K seem pretty pointless. Anyway, I’m pretty happy with my new toy.
The camera’s also waterproof. It took me some time to believe that. I watched a lot of YouTube videos of other people putting their GoPros in the water before I was able to do it myself. But I finally I did it and here are the results…
Starring G-Bear…of course!
How about you? When was the last time you were impressed by technology?