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Learn How To Use Your Camera & Learn Essential Photography  & Videography Skills

There is no better feeling than capturing breathtaking pictures. When I got into photography & videography, it was literally too difficult for me to learn. One the world wide web, I stumbled upon thousands of web pages and photography blogs, with un-measurable content created by professional content creators.

I always thought, if there was a rookie school where I can learn to use a camera? But I couldn’t find any. So I decided to put up this photoblog together and have learning to photograph as one of the categories on my blog. More than a category this has now become my passion.

Stay tuned to my blog and learn the photography basics and more importantly how to use your camera. I would keep the language very simple and easy to understand. Especially for new bees who want to learn the art of capturing magnificence.

Come learn with me and dive deep into the world of photography.

THM and LRV files in a GoPro

One of my friends called me the other day and inquired about LRV and THM files. What he did was he copied the media folder from his GoPro 8 not with the GoPro app, but just copy-pasted the folder directly from GoPro. Never do that friends. There is a reason why GoPro came up with the GoPro Quik application for file transfer. These THM and LRV files in GoPro are a short abbreviation for low-resolution videos and thumbnail respectively. Having said that, this issue is more common when creating 4k videos. I have been using the GoPro 7 and GoPro 5 for quite some time now but did not encounter this issue in 1080P however, things are different when creating videos in 2.7K or 4K.

THM & LRV files in a GoPro folder

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

WHICH GOPRO CAMERA IS CAPABLE OF CREATING THESE FILES?

At first, I thought it is only the higher versions of GoPro that are capable. However, when I starting digging deeper I realized that even the old GoPro’s were creating these files. Below is the list of GoPro’s that creates LRV and THM files.

  • HERO9 Black
  • MAX
  • HERO8 Black
  • HERO7 White, Silver & Black
  • HERO (2018)
  • HERO6 Black
  • Fusion
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO4 Black & Silver
  • HERO3+
  • HERO3
  • HD HERO2

Lets get right into it.

WHAT ARE LRV FILES IN A GOPRO?

LRV is a short abbreviation for “low-resolution files”. The question is Why does GoPro create these files? Now imagine you capturing a 4k video in your GoPro. Now if you try to play the same heavy file in your GoPro to get a preview your camera would no nuts. Imagine playing heavy 4k video on that small device. In order to deal with this issue, your action camera creates these low-resolution files.
The preview that you get on your camera is a file that is created and is known as LRV or low-resolution file. The actual output that you see on your desktop or your laptop is the 4K video file which is heavy. In simple words, GoPro does not play the actual heavy files that are being created. Instead, it plays low resolution or LRV files on its screen.

WHAT ARE THM FILES IN A GOPRO?

THM is a short abbreviation for “Thumbnail”. Your GoPro makes it because there has to be a thumbnail when you swipe up to see the videos in your camera. Similar concept to a YouTube video. When you upload your video you also upload a custom thumbnail or else the YouTube algorithm picks the thumbnail up from the video itself. In other words, there has to be a thumbnail image for each video.

Speaking about YouTube you will love my YouTube channel have a look.

These thumbnail images are referred to as THM files. The image you see in the video above is a thumbnail image, just like in GoPro for your high-resolution videos.

WHY ARE THM AND LRV FILES NEEDED?

These files are needed because your GoPro cannot play the actual heavy video files that you create in an amount of higher MB value or GB. So low-resolution files are needed so that your camera can play the file on its screen in case you want to look at the preview. These files will always be created if you are shooting in 4k mode.

If GoPro does not create these files you would not be able to see the preview of your 4k videos. This of course will be a big issue as I always take a look at my footage once I am done shooting. I do this to ensure that I have exactly the same footage and same frame that I need for my vlogs and what I wanted in my mind.

CAN I PLAY THESE THM AND LRV FILES IN MY GOPRO?

Yes you can but they are poor in quality so it would be of no use. However, let me guide you how to open these files.

HOW TO OPEN LRV FILE?

If you want to play an LRV file just change its extension to .mp4. This will change this low resolution into a media file and you can play it via any external player like VLC. The resolution and the quality of this file will be below average though.

HOW TO OPEN THM FILE?

You can view a THM or a thumbnail file by the same procedure as you used to open an LRV file. In the LRV file, you changed the file extension to .mp4. However, in the THM file since it’s a low-resolution image file you can change the extension to .png or .jpeg to view it. Isn’t it simple? However, you won’t be able to make use of this image file as the quality of this image will be extremely poor. It is meant only for viewing on the small screen of your GoPro.

WHY DO I GET THESE FILES IF THEY ARE NOT USEFUL?

A lot of people follow the wrong procedure to get the video files out from their GoPro. When you connect your GoPro to your computer or laptop there are two ways by which you can get your video files.

COPY FILES DIRECTLY FROM ROOT FOLDER

Firstly, copy the root folder directly from your laptop or computer.

HERO 7 BLACK CONNECTED VIA EXTERNAL CABLE

I connected my GoPro 7 black to my laptop and I got the icon as seen in the image above. Now I can double click this icon and get into the GoPro root folder and copy the entire folder. If I do that, the THM and LRV files will get copied as well along with the 4K heavy files.

However, I always advise people not to copy their files this way. This is a bad practice of copying files and something you lose your 4K files and copy only the low-resolution files. So never copy the files like this.

EXTRACT FILES USING GOPRO QUIK APP

There is a reason why GoPro did a lot of effort in creating Quik. This is because that software updated to its latest version knows what files to extract and what files do not. I always extract my files via the GoPro Quik app.

ALWAYS EXTRACT YOUR FILES FROM GOPRO VIA OFFICIAL GOPRO APPLICATION

So my advice would be always to use Quik to download your files from your camera. Else, there might be issues when copying the folders directly. Furthermore, this is such an amazing software, I mean the extracting is easy. You have the option of deleting or not deleting files after extraction. It is amazing customized.

DO I NEED TO SAVE THESE THM AND LRV FILES?

Not at all. You don’t need to save them at all. It is only the actual mp4 file that is of use. These files even if you save them will be of no use to you. These are temporary files and are only useful when you are creating videos in the GoPro app. Else if you are using any other video editing software then the heavy mp4 video file would suffice. If you accidentally delete them, don’t worry. Unless you are using the GoPro app to create or edit your videos you would do just fine. At the end you only need the 4k heavy mp4 file in external editors.

So, that was all about the THM and LRV files in a GoPro folks. If you have a question please leave them in the comment box below. I would try to get to you ASAP.

Night Photography Tips for Beginners

Learning night light photography for newbies

Winters are back again knocking on the front door. So is the festival of lights, which brings joy and a lot of opportunities to click mind-blowing pictures. I like clicking pictures at night as it offers a wide variety of light sources that I can experiment with. Moreover, you can experiment with your aperture, ISO, and shutter speed to get some phenomenal results. Over the last few weeks, I was working on creating this article on night photography. I went out with my cycling buddies and clicked quite a few pictures to make people understand the concept of clicking pictures in low light and still create magnificent art. We are going to discuss in detail night sky photography, night portrait photography, night photography ideas, and hashtags that you can use for amplifying the reach of your pictures on social media. Yes, this article hashtags for night photography that you can use as well.

Clicked by Canon 1200D

Let us take a look at what equipment you need and stuff to keep in mind while clicking in low light.

A camera with manual mode

I would recommend a good quality camera. The Instagram image which I shared above has been clicked by a very basic DSLR. Canon 1200 D which was my first DSLR. You can check out DSLR on Amazon.

Basically, you need a camera that allows you to control settings. Features like ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Most of the mobile devices these days come with a manual mode.

For better quality pictures and for more control over these manual mode settings you can use a DSLR. You do not have to buy an expensive camera an entry-level DSLR would do that trick. I created a video on my YouTube channel for learning the manual mode settings on Canon 1200 D to check this video below.

Learning manual mode on DSLR’s

I use a Google Pixel phone that has an inbuilt manual mode which lets me allow to control ISO, shutter speed, and Aperture.

A tripod or a stable platform for your device

Tripod helps you to keep your camera steady

This is the most important component when shooting in low light. Fact that you are using slow shutter speeds you need to keep your camera stable. Most of the folks use good quality tripods. Check out this amazing tripod on Amazon.

However, these tripods can be painful to carry around. What I do is that I use the city’s resources to my disposal and make any surface a tripod as long as it’s not moving.

However, for beginners, I always recommend carrying a tripod for stable shots. Or till the time you are familiar with using the objects around you as a tripod.

Tip: Use an external trigger to click or use the timer feature if you are clicking stable shots.

Get familiar with ISO, Aperture & Shutter speed

Image courtesy: SLR Lounge

Before plunging into low light photography have a look at this cheat sheet for ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.

The more control you have over these features, the more your images will come out good. I will explain in short as to what they mean.

ISO for night light photography

A measure of how much light your camera can process is called an ISO. Or in simple words, the ability of a camera to capture light around itself is called an ISO.

Slow shutter speeds need less ISO and vice versa. However, keep in mind that you use higher ISO your image can come out grainy. This grainy effect can be a boon if you are purposely inducing this effect. However, if not the pictures can look bad. Always keep a balance between ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed for this reason.

I always try to use the low ISO but then compensate for the lighting capture with Aperture and Shutter Speed.

Tip: Use a low ISO if you are not getting too creative with your shot. This can be used primarily for night sky photography.

Grain in image when using higher ISO

Aperture for night light photography

In simple words, a small opening in the lens through which light passes in the camera is called an Aperture. Below embedded diagram will clear this further.

Aperture openings

The higher the f-stop less is the light and vice versa. So you can play around with the settings and keep low ISO and less Aperture value to get more light. night photography ideas include a lot of settings being altered. The way you play around with ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed can get you some highly creative shots.

This is also useful when you are experimenting with night portrait photography.

Shutter Speed for night light photography

The most important component is the shutter speed. If you can learn how to control this you will get a lot of creative shots in low light. Shutter speed is the time for which you want your camera sensor to be exposed to the light.

More the shutter speed less light enters there by making the image look a bit darker and vice versa.

While clicking in low light you need to keep your camera sensor opening for a long time to capture more light. Hence you get creative shots like this.

This image is clicked with Canon 1200 D with shutter speed of 10 seconds in pitch dark

The below-mentioned image will clear your doubts if you have any. The first picture is with a low shutter speed like 1/250 and less and the last pic is with a higher shutter speed of 8 seconds.

This is what shutter speed can get you

Hashtags for night photography

For your night sky photography, night portrait photography and, night photography ideas you need to be patient. This does not come at a first go. It takes time and thinking.

Below are a few hashtags which I found with some keyword research that you can use for maximizing your post reach on social media. Use these hashtags for night photography for better engagement.

#nightphotography #night #photography #longexposure #ig #photooftheday #nightsky #nature #streetphotography #nightlife #astrophotography #photo #canon #instagood #moon #milkyway #naturephotography #travel #travelphotography #landscape #photographer #sky #shots #picoftheday #stars #nikon #instagram #love #landscapephotography #bhfyp

Summing up night photography ideas & night light photography tips for you

Capturing sky’s during night is what I love the most. I do use a higher bit of ISO and compensate my Aperture and Shutter Speed. However, mastering these things do take a lot of time. Especially night sky photography.

The picture that you are looking on my Instagram, took me a few week to get it perfect.

I am also working on night portrait photography that I will share in coming time.

The best way of perfecting your low light shots is to find the right balance between the three pillars of photography that are ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.

If you have any questions related to this article or about low light imaging, please drop a comment below and I would love to address all your doubts.

Complete guide on GoPro Time-lapse

I love using my GoPro 7 black for capturing everything around me. I keep on getting a lot of questions related to GoPro’s. One specific question that I get very often is, “How to use time-lapse in GoPro?”. In this article, I would tell you everything about the time-lapse capturing features and modes which are there are in GoPro’s. I would be using my Hero GoPro 7 Black edition for all the comparison videos and for the tutorial I use my Canon 1200 D which is my old but valuable DSLR. In this tutorial, we would discuss time wrap video, time-lapse video, time-lapse photo & night lapse photo.

Time lapses are soothing and fun to watch

Before we start. check out this article I wrote about the GoPro 7 hyper smooth feature.

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There are 4 modes of capture when we talk about the time-lapse feature in this action camera. Let me tell you about each one of them in detail.

Accessing the time-lapse mode in GoPro is easy you just need to press the power button and then select the time-lapse option leaving out the video and photo option. Once you are in this mode you will get options for further selecting the subcategories.

These sub-options are time wrap video, time-lapse video, time-lapse photo & night lapse photo.

Time wrap video option in GoPro

In the earlier versions, this feature was not there. This has been introduced in GoPro Hero 7. I consider this feature as a unique combination of time-lapse video feature and the amazing hyper smooth feature of GoPro 7.

This feature allows you to capture videos in fast intervals without losing the element of smoothness in the video. Unlike in time-lapse video mode where you need to keep your camera steady, in this mode, you can move your camera while making a video.

You do not need to have a tripod or keep your camera steady in this mode unless you are choosing high intervals. Furthermore, there are setting that you can change to get the desired results in your video.

Aspect ratio vs resolution

Now if you talk about aspect ratio and the corresponding resolutions there are few choices you got. Take a look at the table below.

16:94:3
4K2.7K
1080P1440P
Table for aspect ratio and resolutions for time wrap video in GoPro

Now you can make a video in 4K or 2.7K, however, ensure that you have near enough processing power in your computer to handle these ratios. The files are going to be too heavy.

I make use of 16:9 aspect ratio with resolution as 1080.

The next question that comes in mind is that how much will be the length of the videos at different time intervals or speeds?

Take a look at the table below for recording time when choosing different intervals.

SpeedRecording TimeVideo Length
2X1 Minute30 Seconds
5X1 Minute10 Seconds
10X5 Minutes30 Seconds
15X5 Minutes20 Seconds
30X5 Minutes10 Seconds
Stats considered from GoPro official website

How to choose the settings?

Based on the above tables and stats ask your self some basic questions.

  • How much stability do you need?
  • What is the length of the activity?
  • How long video will be?

Once you answer these questions you would automatically be able to select the settings. This takes time and you need to get through hands-on to get accustomed.

From my experience, I would suggest that use the 10X which is the default one. This speed is optimized for a wide variety of activities.

What I recommend!

  • Speeds between 2X to 5X is ideal for activities like driving and riding through a picturesque route.
  • For hiking and exploring which I love a lot, I use the default speed of 10X.
  • Activities where there is a lot of movement and sudden change of frame like running, mountain biking uses a high speed like 15X to 30X.

Tips from professionals

  • For ideal results use the 10X speed as this goes for most of the activities.
  • If you zoom while making a video you will get a more stable video. Try it, it worked for me.
  • Higher speed will have better stabilization as there are more frames captured which can blend it easily to created smooth videos.

I just casually walked with my friend and captured time wrap video at all the speeds. Check the video below and see the comparison. The location of the GoPro mounted on my forehead.

I created this video to show you the speed comparison while making a time warp video

Using the GoPro Time-lapse Video

The second option is the GoPro time-lapse video feature. You can select it using the same way as mentioned above.

When you are in the time-wrap mode touch the icon on the left which will give you four options. One of them will be the time-lapse video. Unlike the time warp mode, you need to keep your GoPro on a stable surface or use a tripod or GoPro shorty.

This mode gives you results only when the camera is stable else you will get a shaky video which will be of no use. This mode is not new. it has been a part of GoPro since people were using GoPro 4. They just kept on making it better and better.

This mode like time warp comes with a bunch of different settings that you can use as per your shoot requirement.

How to choose the settings?

We come back to square one. Like the way, I suggested you ask few questions to yourself before choosing settings for a time warp, so the same as the time-lapse video.

However, I would suggest you to take a look at the table below.

IntervalActivity
0.5 to 2 secondsBiking, surfing, and other mild sports
2 SecondsYou can specifically use this for shooting streets
5-10 SecondsOutdoor scenes with long duration (Sunset, sunrise, etc)
10-60 SecondsActivities which might take hours (Construction or artwork etc.)
This table tells you the setting that you can choose for your time lapse
Take a look at the first few seconds of this vlog. A time lapse in Ladakh with a rotating view.

How long would my time-lapse video be in different intervals?

I can’t tell you how long the videos be as I tested my GoPro till the battery drained out. However, let me give you stats of how much time did my battery lasted.

Look at the table below. The time is in HH:MM and approximate.

Video ModeWiFi Switched OffWith WiFi and Capture App
4K 30 FPS01:00 Hour50 Minutes
2.7K 48 FPS01:00 Hour50 Minutes
2.7K 30 FPS01:08 Hour54 Minutes
1080P 120 FPS01:10 Hour57 Minutes
1080P 60 FPS01:18 Hours01:00 Hour
1080P 30 FPS with Superview01:35 Hours01:18 Hours
720P 120 FPS01:57 Hours01:30 Hours
This is how long my battery lasted when I was recording the time lapse

Time-lapse photo mode in Gopro

There is another mode for time-lapse that not a lot of people use. This is on GoPro’s and called a time-lapse photo. All this mode does is helps you to create a time-lapse video.

Wait a minute. You must be thinking we already discussed the time-lapse video, why is this mode even there? There is a difference between these two modes even though the output will be a time-lapse video.

Difference between time-lapse video and photo?

Ideally, both these modes give you the output as a time-lapse video. However, there are a few differences here. Both these modes capture images in set intervals (as you choose). In a time-lapse video, the output you get is a nice video as GoPro does the job of combining the images together.

On the contrary, in the photo mode, you get a bunch of images as per the interval you chose. What you need to do is get on video editing software and join them together to make a time-lapse video. This is the biggest difference between the two modes.

So the questions is that when we have the time-lapse video mode why do we actually need another photo mode here?

Let me summarize the pros and cons here

  • Firstly, you do not need to put in the effort in editing when using the video mode, however, in photo mode you need to stitch your images together to make a time-lapse video.
  • Time-lapse photo mode gives you more flexibility when editing. Consider this as a photographer clicking in RAW to get more control over their images.
  • When creating a time-lapse video the GoPro adjusts the lighting according to the starting of the scene and then stays as it is. On the contrary, photo mode keeps adjusting the settings as per the scene at present. In other words, photo mode will come in handy while capturing the time-lapse of sunset and sunrise as the light changes drastically.
  • The file size of the photo mode will always be heavy when compared with the normal time-lapse video mode. When comparing the file size the photo mode size was heavier than the normal time-lapse video more by 5 times.

So this was all about the time-lapse photo mode folks, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments below.

Night lapse photo mode in GoPro

The last mode is the night lapse photo mode in GoPro that we would talk about here. As the name suggests, this mode is used for capturing long shots during the night or in low light conditions.

This mode was there in the earlier versions of GoPro, however, in GoPro 7 Black and Fusion, it has been an epitome of success. In this mode, the settings give you more control over the settings that come into effect in the low light.

Shot by GoPro 7 Black in the night lapse photo mode. Do follow my Instagram to stay tunes to awesome stuff.

For e.g. you can choose longer shutter speeds depending on how much light your scene has. If the conditions are changing there is an auto function as well in this mode. That automatically checks the amount of light that is available and changes the shutter speed and ISO.

So this was all about the four modes on your GoPro camera.

This might now be enough so I am adding few tips from professional video makers to make exceptional time lapse.

Tips from Pro’s

I get a lot of video makers who find it difficult to make a perfect time-lapse. In-fact making a time-lapse is easier than clicking a picture.

  • Shaky videos
  • Out of focus scenes
  • Low-quality videos
  • Long boring time-lapse videos

Above can be avoided, so here are 4 tips that you can keep handy for a perfect time lapse.

  • Use a tripod. No one likes the shaky videos. Especially when making a time-lapse video. I use GoPro shorty, and a few other stands and mounts. Just make sure that your camera is stable.
  • You need to carry extra batteries and a charger with you when making these videos. Time-lapse drains a lot of juice from your battery. I always keep two spare batteries in case I need to create a video for more than an hour.
  • Choosing the right interval is the key. Different intervals are used for capturing different activities. Use the interval right and you get awesome footage. Choose it wrong and no one will like to see your lapse.
  • Make sure that your memory card is of class 10 or above. You need to have a lot of space too for these kinds of videos as they take up a lot of space. I use a card of 64 GB whenever I am shooting time-lapse videos.

Summing Up

So this was all about the time wrap video, time-lapse video, time-lapse photo & night lapse photo modes in your lovely action camera.

Choose the settings correct and finalize your scene after carefully examining the light sources. This will do wonders for you when creating video content, especially when creating a time wrap video & night lapse photo.

In case you have any questions related to GoPro or any of the modes above, please drop in a comment. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Hyperlapse Video

How to shoot amazing hyperlapse video in GoPro 7?

GoPro 7 Black is the most amazing action camera ever by GoPro. Thanks to Nick Woodman. I wrote an article about how smooth the video is with the hyper smooth feature of GoPro 7 Black. In this article, I would guide you to make an exceptional hyperlapse video from GoPro 7 Black. Let us first understand what is hyperlapse? Time wrap or better called as hyperlapse is hyper smooth applied very efficiently to time lapse. Even if you move in a scene it allows you to capture smooth video footage in time-lapse mode. However, just make sure that you use a memory card of class 10 and above with over 3 GB memory.

This is my last video in which I talked about the hyper smooth video in GoPro 7 Black.

How does time-lapse or hyperlapse work?

The camera analyzes the scene to apply TimeWarp based off of your selected speed. It then processes the footage in the camera and produces the TimeWarp video. Below is the resolution to which you need to pay attention while creating a hyperlapse video.

Most noteworthy is the speed at which you need to create a hyperlapse. Speed is different in different situations. The table below tells you what speed to choose in a given situation. These were taken from the official GoPro website and I tested them and got phenomenal results.

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Things to keep in mind while selecting speed.

There are few things which you need to keep in mind while selecting the desired speed. These factors, in turn, make a lot of difference when it comes to perfecting time wrap or hyperlapse video.

  • What is the extent of stabilization you need?
  • How long will be the video footage?
  • How much would you move in the video?

The most recommended and default configuration speed is 10x as it works with most of the video scenarios.

I have tested this and 10x works for me pretty good in most of the cases.

I did a test for all the speeds with different activity and video scenarios. The table below would guide you to use which speed in which situation.

Quick guide for selecting time wrap or hyper lapse in GoPro 7 Black.

Quick tips to make a hyperlapse video.

  • Use 10x speed as this is the best speed which comes by default.
  • Use chest mounts as this mount tops stability chart. Read More
  • Higher speed gives better stabilization as more frames to choose.
  • Zooming in can help with stabilization

Check out the hyperlapse video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

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GoPro 7 Black Hyper Smooth Feature

I recently got a GoPro 7 Black edition for my cycling videos. (Check out my YouTube Channel) Check out the last article that I wrote when this amazing device was launched. GoPro launched its masterpiece product this year and stunned the action camera manufacturers. Equipped with new features such as hyper smooth and live streaming. In this article, I will shed light on the hyper smooth features along with modes, resolution, and the frame rate with which it works. This is going to be a comprehensive GoPro 7 review.

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What is hyper smooth in GoPro 7 Black?

This feature was first introduced in Sony Action Cameras. The feature was known as EIS or better known as electronic image stabilization. Smooth videos are what everyone wants and this feature gave them exactly what people wanted. Furthermore, if I were to speak in simple language hyper smooth features in GoPro are nothing but EIS on steroids.

Electronic Image Stabilization On Steroids

EIS was launched in Hero GoPro 5. This GoPro model, when used with Karma grip (Gimbal), had an immense effect on the stabilization. The era of shaky videos was coming to an end. However, now Hyper Smooth changes everything. It boosts the EIS stabilization of the GoPro Hero7 Black beyond that of any motorized gimbal. It works under normal handheld conditions. Furthermore, it is equally as impressive when used by extreme sports enthusiasts while attempting to make videos where it is tough to keep your action camera stable. Now no mechanical gimbal is needed for your ultra-smooth videos.

What Besides the Hyper Smooth Videos?

GoPro 7 not only gives you exceptional results when it comes to stability but also enhance the video output and clarity. Showing that the enhanced stabilization offered by the Hero7 not only smooths out the motion but hugely increases the overall quality and detail of the footage captured.

Previous models with Karma grip & the new GoPro 7 Black

GoPro 5,6 with Gimbal against GoPro 7 Black: 

I used the combination of GoPro 5,6 (Owned by my friend) with Karma grip. The results are good, however, you can not;

  • Go out cycling riding and then taking care of Gimbal and GoPro
  • You can not take the Gimbal (Karma Grip) underwater
  • You can not mount the karma grip on your bike, cycle, or car for that matter like GoPro7
  • Can’t attach the grip to your pets and take videos
  • Gimbal also has the additional weight which you would need to carry if going on a trek in your backpack

Hero GoPro 7 Black

There are tons of things that you can do with your GoPro7. Let’s take a look.

  • Attach it to car, bike, cycle and get ultra-smooth videos
  • Go swimming with it and still get smooth stable videos
  • Use it with any kind of sport where it is tough to keep the camera angle steady

I literally can’t think of anything that you can not do with GoPro 7. Let me know in the comments if you think of something that this bad boy can’t do.

How does Hyper Smooth work in GoPro 7 Black?

Let us understand the concept so that we know how EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) works. EIS aligns frames to take out the bumps and wobble that come from handholding any action cameras. HyperSmooth feature analyses the content of the footage and then processes the frames matching the content. That’s how you get a super-stable video.

Frame rates and aspect ratios for EIS

I frequently use my GoPro and found that there is always 10% (Approx) cropping when using stabilization. Although I do not find this fact bothering as the results are pretty good. Hyper smooth features also do the same thing. I noticed that when it comes to HyperSmooth, I can only select it when using a 16:9 aspect ratio. This has all been made possible by the updated GP1 processor and the additional GB of RAM which takes the GoPro Hero7 Black to 2GB of internal RAM. If you think normally EIS will steal 10% of the frame, HyperSmooth takes 25% headroom that’s a big leap.

What GoPro 7 Black resolutions and framerates does Hyper Smooth work?

Hyper Smooth works for 16:9 resolutions with the exception of 4K at 60fps. It doesn’t work for any 4:3 aspect ratio footage as obviously this gets rid of the headroom (The crop) required by HyperSmooth. That doesn’t mean that you’re without EIS at 4:3, if you dip into the settings then you’ll find the option to switch on Image Stabilisation.

What if I need to turn off the hyper smooth feature in my GoPro 7 Black?

I will not recommend this. However, in case you decide to turn off this feature for anything specific, there is no on/off switch. When you see the footage you’ll see on or off there’s probably very little difference so why bother. If you are adamant that you need to kill off HyperSmooth then the other option is to switch to 4:3 ratio and you can do that by tapping the icon in the top right of the screen. As there is no headroom, HyperSmooth can’t work so it will in effect be switched off. You’ll also have a little more headroom for composing when it comes to editing.

Summing Up about GoPro 7 Black

No doubt GoPro 7 Black is the best action camera available in the market. I use it for making videos for my YouTube channel. Check out the comparison video of GoPro session 5 and GoPro Hero 7 Black.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions related to the hyper smooth feature of GoPro in this GoPro 7 review. I will try to answer them as soon as possible. Check out the next best thing Hero GoPro 8. I hope that you liked this GoPro 7 review, drop comments in case of a query.

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5 Things That Cyclists Do And Normal People Don’t

Cyclists Are Crazy Yo!

If you are a cyclist, then you must know that there are a few things which other non-cyclist find weird. We, cyclists, know that we have a lot of unusual habits and traits that normal people just don’t understand. Cycling is not just a hobby, it’s more of a passion that fuels your adrenaline level.

I have compiled a list of my favorite odd things that cyclists do, which other find a bit strange. Read for yourself.

1. Cyclists Buy Expensive Bike But Cheap Car

Seriously dude!

Let’s face it, for cyclists, a car is just transportation but a bike is their life. Besides, bicycles rank right up there as one of mankind’s greatest inventions. They, promote health, happiness, and that awesome feeling of wind in your face. Priceless, right? And you certainly can’t say that about a car.

2. Forget cargo shorts, cyclists have perfected the cargo shirt.

Cyclists upgraded the stodgy cargo short into a high-performance cargo shirt, i.e. the cycling jersey. Where else are they supposed to keep all those riding essentials like snacks, tools, tubes, and extra layers? Not to mention a phone, keys, cash, and anything else you can’t live without.

Sure, you could wear it on the bus or the subway, but expect a few funny looks if you pull a sandwich or a banana out of your shirt.

Checkout Trilok’s MTB Himalayan feat.

3. Cyclists have imaginary friends and they love racing against them.

Over the past seven years since Strava was introduced, it’s become a strange new addiction among cyclists. Part fitness tracker, part social network, the Strava feed brings out the crazy in serious riders and weekenders alike. Recognize these addictive behaviors in someone you know?

Taking a few laps around the block after your ride because you need 0.4 miles to hit 50 for the day.
Going KOM hunting on a segment you’ve targeted—you’re super-fresh, jacked up on Tailwinds, and you just drill it.
Slipping your Garmin on a faster rider for a day—what’s a little Strava doping among friends?
If that sounds like you, you may need an intervention.

4. A cyclist’s first words after a spill (even if he’s writhing in pain): “How’s my bike?!?!”

When you’re passionate about riding, you’re going to challenge yourself—and spills are just part of the sport, especially if you’re doing an epic ride. The difference between cyclists and everyone else, however, is that a cyclist’s first concern is always his bike, not his broken bones or bloody road rash.

Remember the immortal words of cycling legend Tom Simpson after he lost control and fell off his bike on Mont Ventoux during the 13th stage of the 1967 Tour de France: “Put me back on my bloody bike!” Although he was dreadfully ill at that point, he managed to ride another 500 yards before he wobbled, fell unconscious, and died.

Yeah, cyclists are like that.

5. Cyclists do obsess about weight—not their own, but their bike’s.

Cyclists obsess about weight because being lighter means you can go faster and ride longer, especially up hills. There are two choices when you’re chasing that high-performance weight: A lighter bike or a lighter you. And the great thing about choosing a lighter bike is that the weight stays off.

But for regular riders, obsessing over a few grams probably won’t affect your ride. Jim Gourley, a triathlete and aerospace engineer, wrote a book about cycling speed; his research showed that a one-pound difference only shaved 2.5 seconds off a one-mile climb and that four pounds only saved 7.5 seconds. That might matter if you’re a Tour rider, but for the rest of us, not so much.

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Amer fort In Pink City Jaipur On Cycle

Today I somehow got up at 5 AM. I’ve been trying and after my Manali Trip, my cycling schedule got a bit disturbing. It’s like the feeling when you don’t cycle for a week or two and then you suddenly fall into that lethargy trap. I decided to break this lazy schedule with a cycle ride to Amer Fort. If you feeling the same then check out my article on how to get back to cycling after a long break.

Waking Up Early

Morning at Jalmahal in Pink City Jaipur! Shot on Canon

Jaipur is too cold these days. Having said that in summers it gets pretty hot too. You can read my article on how to cycle in extreme temperatures. The best time for cycling is early in the morning. So I woke up after 5 unsuccessful attempts of snoozing my alarms. I had literally set 5 alarms starting from 5 AM till 6 AM. So got up and got ready. Took out my bike, had a sandwich. Never go out cycling empty stomach. Started pedaling my Merida, the idea was to reach Sanganeri gate at 6 AM.

From Malviya Nagar, it’s a pretty simple route that I take, all the way through JLN Marg. It took me about 30 minutes approximately to reach the Sanganeri gate. For folks cycling from the nearby areas where I live there are multiple meeting points. One is Saras Dairy, the second is Birla Mandir and then all the way to Sanganeri gate where most of the cyclists meet. Especially the cyclists who want to try the insane climb of Nahargarh or go all the way to Amer fort.

Meeting My Ride Buddies

One rainy morning at Sanganeri Gate!

I reached the point of meet roughly around 6:05 AM. Four more prominent rides were waiting for me. However, I thought of not waiting at Sanganeri gate for long but head towards Jal Mahal. So five of us headed towards Jal Mahal which is one of the most iconic tourist places in Jaipur. A fort, floating amidst man Sagar lake.

Reaching Jalmahal

Jalmahal in Pink City, Jaipur!

I have a connection with Jalmahal because this place has been my favorite since childhood. I frequently visited Nahargarh and Kanak Ghati in my school and college days and Jalmahal was supposed to be our stop for sure. A popular place which is been filled with tons of waste and garbage by ever building tourist population and ignorant locals.

However, the local authorities are taking note of this and a regular cleaning drive is held. Plus they have deployed cleaning workers who make sure that the place is clean. Clean Jalmahal is what is being liked by all and to be honest it is an amazing place to sit and watch the sunrise.

Also check out the four amazing sunrise spots in Jaipur.

Route To Amer Fort

Mostly it’s the tarmac till the entry of Amer Fort via Sagar or either a turn before Sagar. An incline to the Amer Road gate and then the road is mostly downhill till Amer Fort. Once you reach the end of decline take a left turn or look for a turn to Sagar. This road will take you to a cobbled pathway that takes you to Amer Fort. Now, this is an incline and that too cobbled, so MTB is good to have here. Even Hybrid works fine, as one of the riders, was riding a hybrid. However not too sure if a road bike is a good idea. Someone who has experience will ride a road bike on a cobbled road might take it all the way. However, folks with less experience might not like this way to the fort.

Ride road bike at your own risk.

Amer Fort – A Living Heritage

Amer Fort In Jaipur!

The first thing that speaks about Jaipur’s history is the Amer fort. The principal tourist attraction, Amer Fort, is situated 11 kilometers away from the center of the pink city. Amber is a small town with four square kilometers area under Jaipur. Even though we loved spending time at this historical place, however, the mercury was pushing us to go back home. I am enclosing the necessary details about Amer Fort for my fellow riders and travelers.

Amber Fort Jaipur

Visiting Hours : 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Contact No : 0141 253 0293

Entry Fee (In Indian Rupees):

  • Indian: Rs. 25.00 Student: 10
  • Foreigner: Rs. 200.00 Student: 100

Light Shows Timing (Onwards)

  • In English: 7.30 pm
    Entry Fee: Rs. 200.00
  • In Hindi : 8:00 PM
    Entry Fee: Rs. 100.00

Elephant Ride at Amber Palace for two person Rs. 900/-

Let’s Dig Some History, Shall We!

The Amber Fort was built by ‘Raja Shri Maan Singh JI Saheb’ (Maan Singh I) (December 21, 1550 – July 6, 1614) in 16th century. Man Singh, one of the first war chiefs or the trusted general of Emperor Akbar. Akbar included him among the ‘Navaratnas’, or the 9 (nava) gems (ratna) of the royal court. Man Singh began the construction of a fortress-palace of white and red sandstone i.e. Amber Fort in 1592. He was the Kacchwaha (Rajput) of King of Amber, a state later known as Jaipur. Nearby he ordered to set a small temple devoted to ‘Sheela Mata’, his patron goddess.

Once you enter the fort area, there are three prominent places to visit within the fort premises. Do check out these places.

Diwaan-e-Aam and Diwaan-e-Khaas

Diwan-e-Aam or better known as the ‘Hall of Public Audience’ is a beautiful hall stands on two rows of ornamented pillars and opens on three sides. It is said that king used to listen about needs and complaints of the General public like the way our current leaders listens to our issues. What a joke! Reference: Amer Fort Guide!

Sukh Niwaas (Sukh Mandir)

Sukh Niwaas, (Name is orgasmic enough) which is opposite to ‘Diwaan-e-Khaas’ having doors made of sandalwood and ivory. There is a channel running through the hall, which carries cold water that worked as an air cooler. This system is better than our modern age airconditioning. In this artistic hall, the cold climate was artificially created. It is said that the kings used to spend time in this Sukh Niwaas with their queens and sometimes with their mistresses that is why it is known as the residence of pleasure or pleasurable residence in English. See, I am already beginning to like this dude. And here, we are on a troublesome search of OYO rooms. (To all unmarried couples)

Sheesh Mahal

Well, the name explains the whole concept. A room made of glass. Why and for what purpose? Here is the answer.

“The reason behind why this hall was made by the glass because in ancient days the queen was not allowed to sleep in open air but she loved to see the stars shining”

So the king ordered his architects to make something which could solve the purpose. The most stunning thing about this hall is that if someone burns two candles, then the reflection converts that small light into thousands of stars. Phew! What a masterpiece.

Return Back

ok, so this was about my ride to Amer Fort today. I am gonna go to work, make a vlog and also since I am starting all the three challenges today, it’s going to be a tough day. The evening I am going to run and do all the fitness challenges for today. I made a vlog for the entire day today, hope you guys like it. mentioning the video link below.

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Cycling At Bijli Mahadev

Electric Hill Of Bijli Mahadev – Stunning Trails For MTB Riders

Bijli Mahadev Trek on Cycle!

I had fun yesterday at Vashisht village. I got up early and found that my rider buddy Hemant was already up and having breakfast. We initially planned to go to Rohtang, however, we dropped that plan because of a couple of reasons. Firstly the traffic was a serious concern and secondly, we had another place in our mind. This place was more beautiful then Rohtang. Name itself was enough to spark our guts. It was the bijli Mahadev also known as electric temple trails and trek. The reason I said trail and trek are because we carried our bikes on our shoulder and did a trek of about couple of kilometers. Furthermore, we went downhill from bijli Mahadev through the technical trails of Kais Wildlife Sanctuary. Electric temple in kullu is a must visit.

“Read my last article on my cycle ride to Solang Valley”

Manali To Kullu

I got up, quickly freshened up and went outside my room to see the lush green forest in front of club road staring at me. We did not have breakfast and got going after a steaming cup of coffee. Took out some cash from Mall road in Manali. I don’t like this as it’s too crowded. However, we went in the morning though when it was quiet. We immediately boarded a bus to Kullu and got our bikes on the bus’s roof carrier.

“Reason why we did not rode from Manali to Kullu is the immesnse traffic jam becuase of road getting constructed. The dirt flying was enough to get us tired before we could reach our destination”

To The Foothills Of Bijli Mahadev

Got off the bus and then rode towards the entry of Bijli Mahadev. The road is still under construction for we had to walk a little with our bikes. This was just the start. We had to trek almost about a couple of hours with bikes on our shoulders. We walked through the stairs for almost 2 hours and reached the top of the mountain, where the charming BijMahadevdev temple lies.

The view from bijli Mahadev!

Bijli Mahadev to Naggar Trek

The real charm of the Bijli Mahadev to Naggar trek trail lies in the interiors of Kais Wildlife Sanctuary. A 15 km approach by foot from Kullu town to the top of this hill is an experience in itself. In addition, there is 12 km long motorable road that trekkers can take.

The sylvan surroundings of the quiet valley are mesmerizing, with a wide array of deodar and pine forests. This is complemented by the beautiful apple, pomegranate and pear orchards of Jana Village. The trek becomes more interesting with overnight camping inside a forested ridge at Matikochar. As you exit the valley and reach Naggar, you’ll learn that it’s a wonderfully satisfying weekend trek.

Bijli Mahadev trek weather

As this place lies in height, the weather is unpredictable. The best time to visit Bijli Mahadev is summer as the weather is pleasant and not very cold.

Bijli Mahadev Temple!

During winters and rainy season, the weather is cold and the road becomes slippery which makes trekking difficult.

Video Log

Pictures and video speak a thousand words. Hence I have put together a video for my entire trip. Watch the video below and subscribe to my channel on YouTube.

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