Finding a new angle: From the newsroom to a helicopter, GoPro shows versatility

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Television reporter Matt Renoux knows a thing or two about telling a good story.

For the past 15 years, the Channel 9 newsroom reporter has brought news from the mountains of Colorado to the Front Range.

Renoux does it all. He is a reporter who shoots and edits his own video and follows the stories for one of Denver’s top TV news stations.

It’s not surprising that Renoux uses a high-quality, very expensive video camera to deliver the news from across the state, but you might be surprised to learn that he has added a couple of relatively inexpensive GoPro cameras to his arsenal the past four years.

“They’re great cameras,” Renoux said. “Of course, they don’t have the same quality as a $30,000 news camera, but they are nice because they are small, durable and can be used to get a different perspective.”

Renoux has used the small cameras for many of his feature stories including one about the Glenwood Caverns and another on Olympic swimmer Blake Worsely, which was shot at the Old Town Hot Springs pool in Steamboat Springs prior to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. For that shoot, Renoux attached the camera to a pole and shot from underneath the water.

“I’m different than most reporters because I have to shoot all my own video,” Renoux said. “But in general, the GoPro is getting a lot more use in the newsroom.”

The GoPro cameras he uses are the same we see attached to helmets, handle bars and backpacks in Steamboat Springs. The professionals use the camera in much the same way as the general public to get unique first-person perspectives. But Renoux also uses the cameras as a way to get “B” roll to be used with stories or to make a talking head shot a little different.

Because of the camera’s small size, he can stick it or mount it in places that give viewers a creative angle that makes his stories more compelling.

Like Renoux, Steamboat Springs photographer Cedar Beauregard also loves the flexibility of the GoPro as well as its durability. His preference is to attach the cameras to remote-controlled airplanes and helicopters to get a view most of us never see.

He uses several different cameras to create his images, but Beauregard said the GoPro camera is a favorite — especially with his remote-controlled airplane that looks like a single wing.

“The great thing about the GoPros is that they are super light and very durable,” Beauregard said. “You can smash the GoPros into the ground, and as long as they are still in one piece, they keep working.”

Renoux and Beauregard agree that GoPro provides a creative outlet that results in memorable images. Photographers and videographers can use the cameras underwater or put them in places where larger cameras can’t be used, giving them an alternative that makes for better videos and stills.

Beauregard said the cameras are popular with the general public, but they also have found a following among professional photographers who are looking for creative options.

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