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How to Mount a GoPro to Your DSLR Camera


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If you have a DSLR camera with a hot shoe, it’s easy to attach various flashes and other accessories right to your camera. But with a couple of cheap attachments on hand, you can mount your GoPro to your DSLR camera as well.

Why Would I Want to Do This?

Granted, mounting a GoPro camera to another camera seems rather redundant, but it can actually be a cool and nifty way of capturing another point of view while you grab pictures or video with your DSLR.

Or, if you’re taking photos with your DSLR, the GoPro can capture video during that time and catch some moments that your DSLR probably wouldn’t catch, especially funny moments during photoshoots where a still photo wouldn’t do it justice.

How to Mount a GoPro to Your DSLR Camera

To make this happen, we’ll be using the hot shoe that sits atop your camera. Pretty much all DSLR cameras have one, and it allows you to quickly mount and unmount various accessories to your camera, like flashes, wireless transmitters, microphones, and more.

However, you’ll need a couple of attachments in order to make it work, which you may already have if you’re a camera and GoPro junkie. You’ll need a hot shoe 1/4″ thread adapter or ballhead adapter, which will give you much more flexibility as far as angling the GoPro pretty much any way you want.

You’ll also need a GoPro tripod mount adapter, which allows you to screw on your GoPro to any 1/4″ thread mount. This will screw onto your hot shoe adapter.

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Once you have gathered your supplies, you first need to mount the hot shoe 1/4″ thread adapter to your DSLR camera’s hot shoe.

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Then, screw on the GoPro tripod mount adapter and tighten it down. To make it point forward, you can loosen up 1/4 thread portion of the hot shoe adapter and spin it around until the GoPro mount is facing the right direction.

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After the GoPro mount is attached, all you need to do is mount your GoPro like you normally would with any other GoPro mount and tighten down with the thumb screw.

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Once you begin using it, you’ll probably have to experiment with the best angle, so it may take a few tries in order to get the exact angle that you want. But once you find it, it’ll provide with a pretty cool POV of your DSLR camera and capture all of your still photo moments in video form–or you can use the time-lapse feature on your GoPro that takes a photo every second or so and stitches it into a short video.

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The angle I like best is when my camera lens is just peeking up from the bottom, giving the viewer a better idea of what’s happening and what I’m pointing my camera at, but you can angle it however you want. You can even try to have it angled down all the way to get a good look at what your fingers are doing with all of the buttons on the top of the camera, which looks kind of cool:

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The possibilities are endless as far what you choose to do and how you mount your GoPro to your camera. Usually GoPros are used for action sports and the like, but sometimes the most interesting GoPro footage comes from mundane activities shown at angles that were previously unknown.

Craig Lloyd is TIME Magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year, as well as a mediocre gamer, aviation geek, baseball fan, and an introvert to the max. He began his career as a young, naive teenager tinkering around with the family computer and has since blossomed into the beautiful geek that he is today.


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