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My filmmaking mentor Greg Hren is shaking his head right now at my inability to carry a story, but either way, here's a short piece I put together about shooting with a modified GoPro.

As part of a project to shoot smooth slow-motion on a budget, I modified a GoPro HERO3 Black with the Backbone Ribcage kit, allowing me to use SLR and C/CS mount lenses. It isn't required for slow motion, but changing lenses gives the shooter much more flexibility with focal length and depth of field, and really transforms the GoPro into a versatile and fun little camera that complements a good SLR or cinema kit.

All of the footage in this video has been shot with the GoPro HERO3 Black, save for the photos and video of the GoPro itself, which were shot with an iPhone 5. Lenses used were a cheap Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5 lens from a Rebel kit, and a Sigma 10-20mm EX DC f/4.0 wide angle lens. Since electric aperture control isn't possible with the GoPro, these lenses were used with fully open apertures, shortening the depth of field and making focus difficult at times with moving subjects, but that's part of the fun!

Unaltered audio from the original files were added over the slow motion video for a more pleasant effect.

For more on shooting video of and from light aircraft, visit our Knowledge Base section on photo and video: backcountrypilot.org/photo-and-video/how-to-shoot-video

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