13 GoPro Running Tips (Settings, Mounts, Gear, Shots)

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Most runners want to document their adventures, and GoPro is the perfect tool. Heres your comprehensive guide on GoPro running. Read on to find the best GoPro for runners and tips and mounts to make the best videos.

We also include a suggested shot list and camera settings for your next run.

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The Best GoPro for Runners

The best GoPro for running is the latest Hero10 Black. This is because of its incredible Hypersmooth 4.0. This feature gives buttery smooth footage even while running. Plus, you can capture up to 5.3K video and control your camera with voice controls.

best gopro for running

best gopro for running

Using a GoPro to film your run doesnt require tech skills, especially if you invest in the new Hero10. Its waterproof even without a case and has a supplemental extended-run battery.

Its no coincidence that six of the best action cameras on TechRadar’s list are from GoPro. Here are the key differences between all GoPro cameras.

More on how to use a GoPro on your runs below.

Why Run With a GoPro?

With the latest GoPro (Hero10 Black) you dont need to travel with a large camera for photos and also a video camera. Plus you dont need an external gimbal.

The Hero10 shoots 23MP still images, up to 5.3K video, is waterproof without a case, and has a built-in stabilizer so you dont even need a gimbal.

Heres how you might look if you dont run with a GoPro. 😀

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running with camera

4 Best GoPro Running Accessories

GoPro offers some accessories that make it easier to create a stellar running video, such as:

  1. Head strap
  2. Chest mount
  3. Hand strap
  4. Selfie stick

A head strap shows your run as you see it, so its a cool way to film video and a great way to use a GoPro for running. Of course, the camera has weight and youll notice that on your forehead.

The chest mount is one of the most popular options because you can wear the camera on your front or your back. The footage is very clear since the camera is securely strapped to your torso.

The hand strap lets you keep the camera on your wrist to capture more of the action. Consider how shaky the footage might be, though, unless you keep your arms fairly still while youre running.

A selfie stick is even less secure than a hand strap because youre holding the GoPro out in front of you.

While you can use a selfie stick while running, you might find its better once youve reached your destination and want to take stunning footage of the location. Here are more options for GoPro selfie sticks.

Before we get to the specific tips, heres a taste of the type of footage you can capture with a GoPro on your next run.

GoPro Footage: Running the Ridges in Norway

This video shows Kilian Jornet running the ridges in the mountains of Åndalsnes, Norway.

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Tips For Getting The Best Shots While Running

Dont overthink itrunning footage shows you enjoying the path; it doesnt have to become a blockbuster film. Just go out and have fun. But do consider these 14 tips first.

1. Use Voice Commands

When youre running, theres no time to stop, take off your GoPro, and fuss with the settings to make sure youre capturing everything. Make sure to turn on voice commands so you can be more efficient while filming your run.

There are 17 basic GoPro voice commands you can use.

These voice commands include:

  • Start Recording and Stop Recording
  • HiLight
  • Take a Photo
  • Video Mode
  • Turn Off
  • Shoot Burst

Using voice commands also ensures you wont fumble the camera while its recording, resulting in more stable footage.

2. Use Built-in Stabilization: Activate Hypersmooth

GoPro cameras have a feature called Hypersmooth. It produces super smooth footage without changing the field of view.

Its not applicable in all resolutions or cold weather, but when you activate it, it detects motion from frame to frame and smooths it out. For applicable resolutions, check your specific model.

3. Have a Plan: The Shot List

Have a clear idea of your route and what you want to capture. Think about the shots that other GoPro runners have taken that inspire you and figure out how to recreate them.

Its a good idea to create a shortlist of shotseither mental or written.

You might consider:

  • Tying shoes
  • Leaving the front door or exiting your car
  • Landscape shots,
  • Panning left to right while running
  • Camera rotation: windmill from back to front
  • Shooting forward: show what you see
  • Shooting backward: show where youve been
  • The small details: animals, insects, snacks on the trail
  • The end of the trail: show the sunrise, the waves, the view

What shots do you like to get? Please add them in the comments below!

4. Get Early Shots

If youre going on a run to capture some shots on your GoPro running, try to get out there early. Youll have a chance to catch great light and not have as many people around.

Itll also give you time to set up mounts and stabilize your camera without anyone bumping into you.

5. Shoot in Auto Mode

If youre not familiar with your GoPro and are eager to get out on the trails, just use the camera in Auto Mode for amazing footage.

After you film a few runs on this setting, you can see if theres anything youd like to change, like slow motion, different lighting, or other settings.

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6. Set the Focus

If you arent shooting in auto mode, make sure you turn on auto-focus and auto-exposure.

Your GoPro will look for the brightest area in the frame and adjust its exposure accordingly. 

Heres how to set the focus:

  • Turn off your GoPro.
  • Press and hold the Mode button until you see FOV/Auto. This turns on auto-focus.
  • Swipe down to Protune.
  • Swipe right to toggle Exposure to Auto.

If you want your camera to focus on a specific frame area, point it towards the object or person you want in focus. Press the Shutter button halfway down to lock your exposure settings onto that spot.

Heres more about using GoPro Spot Meter and exposure control.

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running with gopro hero10

7. Turn On Protune

Protune is a special GoPro mode that unlocks higher quality settings for photos & videos. For example, it lets you increase the bitrate of your videos up to 60 Mbps, which is the highest available on any GoPro.

Using this setting results in higher quality footage with fewer compression artifacts. Its especially handy when shooting fast-moving subjects like runners. You can also adjust other settings like sharpness and color profile, among others.

Learn more about Protune.

8. Set the Right Exposure

You can adjust the exposure of your camera to enhance your footage. For example, a dark scene will look better with a brighter exposure, while a bright scene will look better with a darker exposure.

To adjust the exposure, go to Settings > Protune > Exposure Value > and select either + oraccording to your needs.

Pro Tip: If youre using an external microphone, make sure youre using manual audio levels by going to Settings > Audio > Manual Audio Controls > On.

9. Use Burst Mode

Burst mode is great for capturing fast-moving objects like runners and cyclists. It can take up to 30 photos per second, depending on the model. This will allow you to pick out the best shot later on. 

To enable burst mode, go to Settings > Photo Capture > Burst Rate and select how many photos per second you want it to take (10/30/60/etc.).

10. Try Modified Lenses

Trying another lens on your GoPro might make a difference. Lenses change how the footage looks whether youre shooting from a stationary point or a moving vehicle. 

GoPro makes the Max Lens Mod (for Hero10 and Hero9). Skyreat makes an anamorphic filter. You can also find polarizing (CPL) and neutral density (ND) lenses.

To give your video a more professional look and feel, attach one of GoPros optionalFlatorCurvedlenses to your camera. You can swap them out quickly using the cameras handy-dandy quick-release feature.

These lenses allow you to capture smooth, ultra high-res video. You can enjoy an immersive experience without bumpy footage ruining it for you.

11. Use Wide or Superview Settings

When you set your GoPro to Wide or Superview, youll know youre capturing more of your surroundings.

This is especially helpful when you use a chest mount because your shirt or shoulders wont block the shot. Shooting wide also keeps the footage more stable.

12. Take Detail Shots

Though wide settings are ideal, you dont want to forget the little things that make running videos great. For example, capturing detailed shots will make your footage look more epic than just having the same view of your run.

Here are some popular GoPro detail shots:

  • Handheld shots while youre running. A lot of cool stuff goes by while youre on the trail.
  • Get low to the ground and shoot up at people as they pass you.
  • Dont be afraid to get muddy or wet to get a great angle.

13. Make a Timelapse Video

You dont have to show all the footage of your longer runs. Dont risk letting your audience lose interest and cut awaycondense it into a timelapse video.

Set the interval at one second with no limit to the duration. The camera stitches the images together without you having to do so in an external program.

How to Run and Film with a GoPro

Here are some great tips and angles for shooting your run with a GoPro by kofuzi.

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Capture Great Running Shots With the GoPro Tips Above!

Every runner has a reason to run. Maybe its to stay in shape, or training for a marathon. You may even be preparing for that triathlon you signed up for.

No matter the reason, GoPro running makes it easy to capture those moments with its wide range of mounts and accessories. Harness everything the GoPro can provide by using the tips above to share your experience!

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