I’ve posted about GoPro cameras here before… I love mine b/c it is so versatile. You can mount it on just about anything – underwater, on the ground, or in the air. There are tons of accessories for mounting it all kinds of different ways. However, the cost of these mounts can quickly add up. The adhesive mounts are essentially 1-use mounts. Once you stick them to something, they are firmly attached, and cannot necessarily be easily reused multiple times. If you want a reusable mount, GoPro has their own clamp mount, but is also a bit pricey if you have other accessories. Here’s how you can create an inexpensive and extremely versatile clamp mount.
I already had a frame mount, and a tripod mount for the GoPro, so I already had half of the equation. (Yes, if you have to go out and purchase both of these, it’s just as much as GoPro’s clamp mount, but this approach is far more versatile when you have all of them.)
To turn this into a clamp mount, you just need to add the clamp and a mounting point, which can be purchased at a hardware store for just a few dollars. You’ll need a clamp; any size will do, you just need one big enough to put a 1/4 inch bolt through the handle. Generally, the bigger the clamp, the stronger the spring will be to hold it closed. The one I used is pretty big – you don’t necessarily need one this big. You’ll also need a 1/4 inch bolt, some washers, and some 1/4 inch nuts. I used a thumb screw with two wing nuts so that it is easy to adjust in any situation without any tools.
Just drill a hole through the clamp handle big enough to fit the 1/4 inch thumb screw. Put a washer on either side, and tighten it with one of the wing nuts. Then put the other wing nut in the opposite direction, followed by the tripod mount. Use this second wing nut to tighten the tripod mount in the correct position. Next, just attach the “arms” that come with the GoPro, and attach the camera inside of the frame mount. Voila… you know have an extremely versatile clamp mount for the GoPro. This will also work with the waterproof enclosure.
Now, get out there, capture some great images and videos, and then use Creative Cloud to bring out the best in them. You can do everything from lens profile correction, horizon correction, color correction, and much, much, more on both images and videos with Photoshop, Lightroom, and all of the tools that Creative Cloud offers.