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I love getting interesting angles and point-of-view shots.  One of the best thing about shooting with GoPro cameras is that their size allows for the cameras to be positioned or even held by a subject.

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I have tried several different versions of GoPro poles (made by different third-party vendors).  They all essentially work the same.  Features to look for that I find useful.

  • Built-in GoPro mount or a thread mount to attach a GoPro
  • Articulated head to angle the camera
  • Lightweight so its comfortable to hold
  • A wrist strap to avoid accidentally losing gear
  • Telescoping body to adjust the length of the pole and make it easier to pack.

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Proper use of a pole makes it easy to chase action as well as dramatically smooth out any camera movement.  Here are some behind-the-scenes clips from a new class I’m building for lynda.com.

I can’t recommend this piece of gear enough… I’ve used it Snorkeling, skiing, and for action sports.

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Here are the two poles that I own and like.  Both work equally well but have slightly different benefits.

GoScope Extreme Telescoping Extension Pole for GoPro HERO Cameras 17-37″

XShot 2.0 Camera Extender for Most Cameras XS2379-F

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About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

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