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GoPro Hero and bright sunny days

post #1 of 11
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We had lots of fresh snow yesterday and I used my helmet cam quite a bit. The only problem is that it was a very bright day and the snow is basically just a white mass. Any suggestions, other than not using it on super bright days?  And before you say anything I've been a still photographer for decades and know how hard it can be to take photos on a day like this.


post #2 of 11

I had the same problem.  I was able to fix it pretty good in my video editor by adding more contrast.I think another option would be to change the exposure on the camera if you know its bright out.






post #3 of 11

Are there threads on the lens that would accommodate a ND filter?

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

The camera is a GoPro Hero HD and as far as I know there is no way to change the exposure.  It resides in a waterproof housing when being using and there aren't any threads on the camera itself or on the housing for a filter.  I use Cyberlink PowerDirector 9 for editing and tried adjusting the brightness but it didn't seem to do much good.  It actually looks a lot better direct into my HD TV.  I guess this is just one of those things you learn to live with.

post #5 of 11

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I have seen a similar issue with mine. It is my second camera, the first replaced under warranty for a static sound in the audio. My first one had much better exposure, so I think they have tweaked things toward higher exposures. I have seen suggestions on trying the spot metering if you are in mostly snow with bright sun.



Edited by Pale Ale - 3/28/11 at 6:30pm
post #6 of 11

This is a common complaint about the GoPro.  That's why I'm leaning toward picking up the Drift HD.


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I have been poking around and found that some of the older firmware versions may help with the over exposure. I have not had a chance to experiment yet.




post #8 of 11

I've tried touching it up in final cut pro, but yea, I still have constant over exposure issues.








post #9 of 11

A few suggestions have been made around using an old 3D movie glasses lens or even old goggles maybe. Chop it to shape and place on the the inside of the housing lens.

These are polorisers so will take out the reflected glare. Put a dot or indent on them so you know which way is the top as they will only work right every 90 degrees of orientation

I haven't tried this but a very fine stocking/pantyhose over the camera may work too.

I've found it's all about the sun angle on the snow in relation to you and also the type of snow so the time of day and year makes a differance. Some sunny days work just fine while others are just over exposed as you have shown.  

post #10 of 11

I actually just bought these Polarization filters for the Go Pro:

They were only like $9 and worked surprisingly well. 

It really brought out more detail in the snow, I thought it was cool


They have a comparison video too:


Hope that helps...



post #11 of 11

Here is a follow up video, Skiing footy with the Go Pro HD2 with and without polarization filter: 

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