Tech Saturday Episode 7 – Why you need ND filters for your GoPro!

Tech Saturday Episode 7 – Why you need ND filters for your GoPro!


– Hi everyone, welcome to another– – [Both] Tech Saturday. – With Eric and Keith. In this one we’re gonna
talk filters for your GoPro. Specifically we’re going
to talk about these, it’s the Venture 3-Pack from PolarPro. – Do you really need this for a GoPro? Or do you just shoot stock? – I don’t know. Well, you gotta stick around and find out. Also, don’t forget to like, share, and leave us a comment down below. And also don’t forget
we got this sweet works still on there. I’ll drop those links below, too. – Is there any other way
to support the channel? – Yes, if you don’t want
to buy a shirt or whatever we also have a Patreon, you can donate as little as $1 a month to keep our train rolling here. – Really helps out on these
Tech Saturday videos for sure. – Exactly. All right guys, well, let’s jump into it. Roll that intro. (electric guitar music) – Now the first thing today
we’ll just point out that no one from PolarPro actually
paid us for this review or anything so, just
full disclosure up front. – Right, we purchased these
ourselves so this is an honest, open, our personal
review of these filters. – Right.
– So the first filter we’re gonna look at is the ND8 filter. – I’ll show you that right here. You can kinda see it looks
pretty clear from there. Kinda looks a little bit like sunglasses if you really think about it. So what’s the benefit of this ND8 filter? – If you’re having a problem with like a bright day, it’s like really
sunny out or whatever, or the sky’s really bright
and you want to like, help prevent your photos
from being over exposed, because it’s easy to do
that on a sunny, sunny day. – Oh yeah – Definitely slap this thing
on and that’s gonna take that all out and help
you out, not a problem. – Right, for sure. Okay, so what if you want
to do some sweet, you know, like sunrise or sunset shots? Sometimes you know it’s
really blown out like one part of the sky is really blown out in one part of the video, right? – Right, and if you slap
a regular ND filter on, your ground at a lower
level is gonna be crushed, you’re gonna lose all that. So, they have an option for that too. It’s called a graduated ND8 filter. – And we’ll show you that right now. I’ll hold up this white
paper for visual effects, but as you can see, towards
the top it is kind of tinted and towards the bottom
you see there’s no tint. – And so like anyone that does
like, sunrise, sunset photos, which is like the sweet
spot for photographers, you know you’re really
gonna like that filter. It’s gonna help you out a lot. Keep your ground in focus and
crisp, get all those colors and details there without
crushing it with the ND filter. – Right. – And the third filter that
you get is a polarized filter, – Yup, and I’ll show you that right now. There it goes. – [Keith] There it goes, good focus. – So what’s the benefit
of a polarized filter? – So, say you’re at the
beach, and you really want those blues of the ocean
and the blues of the sky, to just like, really pop out at you. – Oh yeah. – That’s what the polarizer
does, it effectively just reduces the glare and increases the colors that you’re gonna see
in the photos, or video. – Or video, right. – So, the graduated ND8
filter, we’re gonna leave that one specifically
for its own video to get you some sweet shots
and we’ll test that one in another video. This one, we’re gonna focus
on the standard ND filter, the ND8, and then the polarized filter. – Yup. Okay, so let’s do some tests
with this GoPro Hero 7 Black, the newest GoPro. – This thing is amazing, by the way. I just love the hyper
smooth, and the stability that you get with his thing
is insane, it’s awesome. But we’re not gonna talk
about that in this video. We’re talking about these filters. – Right, okay, so what
settings were we using on the sweet GoPro Hero 7? – Well, we kept it the
same for all of them. We’re doing 4K, 60 frames per second, with a wide field-of-view, you know, standard GoPro stuff, right? That anyone would probably want to shoot, like if you’re shooting an
action sport or whatever. We also kept the ISO at
like 100 min/max for this. We didn’t want that
fluctuation or whatever. It was a little cloudy when we shot this, but with the GoPro, the
higher the ISO goes, the noisier the footage
gets, so I just find anything outside with GoPro,
you know, lock it in to 100. Maybe max 400 and then you’re
pretty much good to go. – Right. – And we did have, like
the GoPro Color enabled, so I find that’s the most pleasing, like, out-of-the-camera view. Now, you could tweak that
like a little bit more, but we’re not going to
get into that again. – Right. – You know, maybe we’re getting so many of these other things we
can probably do a whole other video on the GoPro
just on the settings. – Definitely, for sure. – Okay, let’s load the comments with that. So, if you’d like to see… – Okay, so the first test was no filter. Just straight shooting from the camera with the settings that
Keith just mentioned. You know, the field looked
really good, I think, just from straight
shooting with a cloudy day But as you can see the
light on the top of my head, it’s a little bit bright. You can see– – It’s really bright and kind of a little over exposed on your face
and even on this like cloudy day with the ISO
100, okay well I mean that filters like decent. – In a pinch. – It’s okay, like don’t be bad, we’re just going to slap that up there for a YouTube video or whatever. I think it’ll be good. – Yeah. – But anyway let’s slap
the ND8 filter on this and check that filter job out right now. As you can see from this
video the light looks a lot more even and not
as over exposed on Eric. But as you guessed, as a
cloudy day, with an ND filter it looks a little bit
darker than the first but I mean this is still kind of a moody vibe you could go for, even on a cloudy day. – And now onto the
polarized video footage. – [Keith] So as you can see the colors are much deeper and more vivid and there’s very little
glare in this video. And my take away on this one is, I really like the way that the polarizer actually makes the video look brighter, more vivid and even colors. This, if I had a personal
preference out of the three I would shoot with the polarizer. Even in a cloudy situation. – [Eric] Right, you know I
tend to agree just looking at this footage, it looks so good with the polarizer on it. So I think the question is, do we think ND filters are a good
purchase for your GoPro? – [Both] Our answer is yes! – We think the GoPro is like inherently an outside camera like action sports or you’re be recording
your boating, your– – Right, your skiing. – Yeah exactly, skiing down
the slopes or whatever. I mean I think just in light of the fact that it’s an action camera
and going to be used outside that’s why I would definitely
say that these ND filters are worth it for the purpose. – Oh definitely, I agree. – Alright guys, that’s
the deal for this video. – Also make sure you toss a like, you share with your friends, and you definitely click
that subscribe button. – And we’ll catch you in two weeks for another Tech Saturday
with Eric and Keith. Peace and love. (upbeat music) So first of all this is our, oh, blah. (laughs) This is a standard ND8 foot filter, (mumbles) oh I can’t believe. (laughs) – ND8 filter! – Lalalalala. – And now on to the
polarized video (mumbles), (laughs) I did the same flaw. (both laughing) – Why is it so hard to read with it clamped right there?
– I know. – I think these prof… (laughs) – Words, the english! Okay. So make sure you toss a like on this video you share with your friends, you click that subscribe button. It really helps us out. (laughs) – Words!
– I give up. – We can’t get through
this like one sentence. (laughing) (upbeat music)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *