Action cameras, you have one or you’ve seen them before. They’re strapped on helmets and motorcycles capturing the spectacles of your ride telling a story of greatness. You hit the record button and let the 1080 HD do its magic going on an adventure ride through the city, canyons, or the track having a blast thinking this footage is going to be great.
You rush to your computer, load up your video, and expect to see your most excellent footage. You’re immersed in your computer screen expecting everything as you remembered it but it turns out your footage wasn’t all that you expected. It’s slower, unstable and shaky. The wind noise is loud, ruining the experience, and what you thought was you’re favorite moment was just a boring pass around a corner. Now let me introduce you to the action shot.
That’s me having a good time in the canyons. On video this was nothing special. It was just me moving around, getting ready for the corners, watching the side of the mountain woosh by…being everything but spectacular. Flip my camera to picture mode trying it all again and we have ourselves a something that really speaks louder than words and shouts awesomeness in comparison to the video. It’s almost unreal the effects of a simple camera shot.
Now I see a confident and brave canyon rider, moving at speeds of mach 7 showing no fear as he passes around a corner with sheer precision and perfect in form. In reality I was probably going 35 mph and feeling a little nervous about getting too close to the mountain side but hey, nobody knows that. Still turned out to be pictured perfect don’t you think? A picture of this magnitude really lets viewers use their own imagination of what they perceive is happening, the same as one would looking at pictures or paintings at an art gallery.
One of my all time favorite moments captured on camera was just after an amazing ride through Ortega Canyon between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano. I had forgotten the camera was on and I was glad I did or else I would have never captured what I like to call the big boy pound between my friend and I after an exhilarating run through the twisties.
For me this shot captured the feeling of accomplishment, friendship, and respect for each other as fellow riders on the road, and that’s exactly how I felt when it happened in real time. It was a moment I could share with everyone and everyone could relate to in one way or another. Best part is all the sharing you can do on Facebook and my personal favorite Instagram, using the filters to make myself feel like a professional photographer.
If you’re wondering whether or not your video camera can take action shots refer back to your manual or search online. For the most part all popular action cameras have a picture mode with a setting of 5, 3, or 1 second shots between stills. Adjust your settings so you never miss a moment and get creative with different mounting angles, the possibilities are endless with pictures. Now slap that kick stand up and take some pictures for your friends and family to see and start telling your story with 1000 words!