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GoPro Underwater Solutions - Our Essential Ultimate GoPro Filter System for Hero4, Hero3+, & Hero3

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GoPro Underwater Solutions - Our Essential Ultimate GoPro Filter System for Hero4, Hero3+, & Hero3


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Are you new to the GoPro or a long time shooter looking to get the best captures possible with your camera? The Flip Filter System by Backscatter provides you with the most comprehensive filter kit available. We've got you covered underwater with color correction, lens correction as well as topside filters like neutral density filters and more. We also know that good footage involves stable footage, and have come out with our GoPro camera trays, tripods, and more. Read the full article to get caught up to date on our GoPro Underwater Solutions.


WHICH GOPRO IS BEST FOR ME?

The lineup of GoPro Hero cameras are extremely versatile, high definition action sports cameras, that are perfect for making underwater moments lasting memories and as a competent B-roll camera.
GoPro Camera Lineup 2014 GoPro <a href='http://www.backscatter.com/sku/gp-chdhx-401.lasso' class='standard'>Hero4 Black</a> Edition GoPro <a href='http://www.backscatter.com/sku/gp-chdhy-401.lasso' class='standard'>Hero4 Silver</a> Edition
The latest lineup of cameras by GoPro are the Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver. We're really excited to share a more indepth review and underwater examples from these cameras in the coming months. In the meantime, we'd like to explain some of the differences between the two to help you decide which camera might be best for you.

<a href='http://www.backscatter.com/sku/gp-chdhx-401.lasso' class='standard'>Hero4 Black</a> Specs

Hero⁠4 Black $499.99

If you need the highest resolution possible in broadcast and film frame rates, the Hero4 Black is the camera for you. The Hero4 Black also comes with increased frame rates on the 2.7K and 1080p modes. For example, in 1080p mode, you'll be able to shoot up to 120fps with the Black edition. The Black edition has gone up another $100 from the Hero3+ version. For underwater use, you will also want to buy the LCDBackpac for accurate framing which will cost another $80.



<a href='http://www.backscatter.com/sku/gp-chdhy-401.lasso' class='standard'>Hero4 Silver</a> Specs

Hero⁠4 Silver $399.99

If you don't need/want 4K frame resolutions at 24fps or 30fps, 2.7K resolutions along with the ability to shoot 1080p resolution of 120fps the Hero4 Silver edition might be the better choice. The Hero4 Silver includes a newly integrated LCD touch screen and costs $100 less than the Hero4 Black. When you include the price of the touch screen you're talking about almost $200 in savings. It will shoot 1080p resolution up to 60fps, which is still decent for buttery smooth underwater footage.



Okay, so you've got your GoPro camera. We're ready to take the GoPro underwater!
But wait. There are some important accessories that you will want to have so you can take your footage from amateur to stunning professional quality captures. In this article we'd like to explain about the GoPro's limitations and how when using the Backscatter FLIP3.1 Filter System along with accessories like camera trays, tripods, and lighting you can overcome them and enhance your image quality immensely.


CHALLENGE #1: BAD UNDERWATER COLOR

Topside, the GoPro cameras are a no-brainer for capturing stunning, wide angle, HD footage in good lighting conditions. Underwater is a much different story, with the camera needing the addition of a red filter to help correct your images from being all blue or all green.

Every diver has noticed that the underwater environment is one of monochromatic hues rather than distinct colors. Depending on your location, objects will take on a blue or green cast at the expense of all things yellow, orange, red, etc. This is because water acts as a filter of red light. The deeper you dive the more the red spectrum is filtered from the ambient light. You can however, emphasize the existing red light by filtering out the blue spectrum with a red filter.

ACTUAL GOPRO IMAGES WITHOUT FILTER & WITH FLIP3.1 FILTER



Watch the video below to see the examples of the GoPro Camera WITHOUT our color correction filter and WITH our Flip3.1 Color Correction System while diving at various depths:




SOLUTION: FLIP3.1 COLOR CORRECTION SOLUTIONS

As hardcore GoPro users, we discovered that capturing the best underwater color requires the use of multiple filters. After hundreds of hours of testing, we've perfected a multi-filter system and integrated it into our world renowned FLIP design. The Backscatter FLIP3.1 Filter System gives you multiple filters at the flip of one finger. Optimal color has never been so easy!



The Backscatter Flip 3.1 Filter System features a universal filter shape that works with either the side hinge or with a TOP FLIP hinge assembly. The Flip3.1 System features professional craftsmanship made of aircraft grade anodized aluminum. Add the optional TOP FLIP for two filters on the same dive, and change them with a flip! Outfit your GoPro Hero4, Hero3+, or Hero 3 with SHALLOW, DIVE, and DEEP filters, or add any other filter via our 55MM Filter Holder.



Not shooting in blue water? Try our GREENWATER color filter for perfect underwater color in cold water diving locations like Monterey, Catalina, Norway, fresh water lakes, and more. Diving at night with your GoPro and wanting to take NIGHTSEA photos or video? Get our NIGHTSEA filter. The following filters can mount directly to the side or top flip hinge.

FLIP3.1 Color Correction Filters Compatible With Side And Top Hinge


The following filters can mount directly to the side or top flip hinge with the use of the 55MM Filter Holder.

55mm Lenses and Filters for Threading Directly to 55mm ​Filter Holder



CHALLENGE #2: BLURRY CLOSE-UP PHOTOS & VIDEO

Without corrective optics, GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3 cameras can only focus to about 1-2 feet underwater. The custom Macromate Mini design allows you to get within 3 inches of your subject so you can bring the tiny wonders you find to the big screen. If your favorite underwater subjects are about the size of a golf ball, the Macromate Mini is about to become your best friend.

SOLUTION: FLIP +10 CLOSE-UP & MACROMATE MINI - PROFESSIONAL GOPRO MACRO

The FLIP +10 Close-Up Lens works great for shooting subjects sized from soccer balls down to golfballs that are roughly 8-12 inches from the camera. However, the Macromate Mini brings your focus to about 3 inches allowing you to fill the frame with subjects as small as a golfball. The video frames below were shot with a GoPro Hero3+ in narrow video mode and illustrate the difference between the lenses. The scorpion fish head was about the size of a softball. The camera was moved closer to the subject to get the Macromate Mini image. Our staff favorite macro configuration is a FLIP3.1 with both a Macromate Mini and +10 Close-Up Lens so we're ready for all subjects.

Use FLIP Macro Lenses for Stunning Macro Photography

The sample photos below were taken with a GoPro Hero 3+ Black camera set to medium photo mode. The first image is without lens and the second is with the Macromate Mini.



Use FLIP Macro Lenses to Bring Tiny Action to the Big Screen

The video below was shot with a GoPro Hero3+ camera set to narrow video mode and a Macromate Mini lens. While the Macromate mini works in wide, medium, and narrow video modes, the narrow mode gives you the sharpest edges and the most stunning results. Watch this video to see how the Macromate Mini has revolutionized GoPro for underwater.

GoPro Underwater Macro Lens - Macro mate Mini - FLIP Configurations

Fumble Free Flip Design Means You'll Never Lose Your Lens

When the action is happening, you don't want to be fumbling with lenses. Our world famous flip design gives you one finger access to color filters and lenses on the same dive without the fear of dropping a lens into the deep. The Macromate Mini threads securely to the aluminum 55mm flip adapter so you can always keep it handy. As you know, dive trips are expensive and require a lot of effort. The last thing you want to do is fumble or break gear on a once in a lifetime trip. The FLIP system and Macromate Mini will not let you down and more importantly it will revolutionize the way you use a GoPro underwater.


TOPSIDE FILTERS - POLARIZER & GRADUATED NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTERS

While we initially designed the FLIP3.1 Filter System for underwater use, we quickly realized that there was a benefit to introducing polarizers and graduated ND filters. In addition to these types of filters, we have also had excellent results using the +10 Close-Up Lens and the Macromate Mini on land.

Here are a few creative possibilities while using our filters Topside!



RECOMMENDED UNDERWATER CONFIGURATIONS

Wide Angle / Blue Water

Stable underwater video and perfect color with a flip! Our recommended configuration for wide angle shooting in blue water conditions with your GoPro camera and FLIP3.1 accessories will have you shooting underwater video like a pro! In addition to our Backscatter FLIP3.1 Filter System, we recommend the Backscatter Double Handle & Tray (for stable footage), Locline Flex Arms, and Sola 2100 Video Lights to help light up your footage. Lighting in wide angle scenes dramatically assists the GoPro in acquiring better white balance in camera as well as increasing the contrast of your footage.


Macro

Capture the small and the smallest ocean critters with your GoPro camera. Following our recommended configuration for macro shooting, you'll be able to capture and light those basketball-sized subjects with the +10 Close Focus Lens, and the small wonders with the Macromate Mini! In addition to our Backscatter FLIP3.1 Filter System, we recommend the Backscatter Double Handle & Tray mounted on top of a Joby Gorillapod, Locline Flex Arms, and Sola 2100 Video Lights run in "spot" mode to help light up your macro footage.


Wide & Macro on Same Dive

Be prepared for whatever swims your way! Setting up your GoPro camera with FLIP3.1 filters and accessories as shown in our recommended configuration for both wide angle and macro shooting will insure you never miss a shooting opportunity! In addition to our Backscatter FLIP3.1 Filter System, we recommend the Backscatter Double Handle & Tray mounted on top of a Joby Gorillapod, Locline Flex Arms, and Sola 2100 Video Lights run in "spot" mode to help light up your macro footage.


Greenwater Wide & Macro

Cold water diving isn't all about the small critters, large scenes abound too! If you hail from the colder climes, use our recommended configuration for green water wide angle and macro shooting for your GoPro camera and FLIP3.1 filters and accessories. In addition to our Backscatter FLIP3.1 Filter System, we recommend the Backscatter Double Handle & Tray mounted on top of the Joby Gorillapod, Locline Flex Arms, and Sola 2100 Video Lights run in "spot" mode to help light up your macro footage and "wide" mode to light up your scene. Lighting in wide angle scenes dramatically assists the GoPro in acquiring better white balance in camera as well as increasing the contrast of your footage.


THE FLIP FILTER SYSTEM CHART

View this handy System Chart to see all of the FLIP Filter options possible for your GoPro Hero camera! All of the above Recommended Underwater Configurations are also included in the PDF download along with the System Chart!



Download PDF of our Flip Filter System Chart



SHOP NOW! GOPRO HERO4 CAMERAS & THE ULTIMATE FLIP FILTER SYSTEM:

The New GoPro Hero4 Cameras

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GoPro HERO4 Black Surf Edition Action Video Camera

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GoPro HERO4 Black Adventure Edition Action Video Camera

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Outflit Your GoPro With Our Popular Packages

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FLIP3.1 Underwater Color Correction System with DI⁠VE Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$69.00
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FLIP3.1 Combo Package with SHAL⁠LOW, D⁠IVE, and DEE⁠P Underwater Color Correction Filters for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$149.75
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FLIP3.1 Macro⁠Mate Mini Combo Package for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$264.69
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FLIP3.1 Bluewater Filter Combo Package with Light & Motion GoBe 700 Video Light for GoPro

$517.98
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FLIP3.1 Macro⁠Mate Mini Combo Pack with Light & Motion Sola 1⁠200 Video Light for GoPro

$931.98
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FLIP3.1 Macro⁠Mate Mini Combo Pack with Light & Motion Sola 2500 Video Light for GoPro

$1,161.48
 

FLIP3.1 Filters & Accessories

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FLIP3.1 Underwater Color Correction System TOP F⁠LIP for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$39.95
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FLIP3.1 55⁠MM Filter Holder for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$19.95
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GoPro Dive Housing for GoPro Her⁠o3, Hero3+ & Hero4

$59.99
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FLIP3.1 Neoprene Protective Pouch for GoPro & Filters

$5.99

FLIP3.1 Color Corrections Filters

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FLIP3.1 SHA⁠LLOW Underwater Color Correction Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$19.95
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FLIP3.1 Bluewater Color Correction Red DI⁠VE Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$19.95
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Backscatter FLIP3.1 Bluewater DEE⁠P Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$19.95

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FLIP3.1 GREE⁠NWATER Underwater Color Correction Magenta Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$19.95
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FLIP3.1 NIGH⁠TSEA Fluorescence Underwater Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$19.95
   
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FLIP3.1 55mm Threaded SHAL⁠LOW Underwater Color Correction Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$24.95
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FLIP3.1 55⁠mm Threaded Dive Underwater Color Correction Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$24.95
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FLIP3.1 55⁠mm Threaded DE⁠EP Underwater Color Correction Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$24.95
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FLIP3.1 55⁠mm Threaded GREEN⁠WATER Underwater Color Correction Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3
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$24.95

Close Focus and Macro Correction Lenses

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FLIP3.1 55⁠mm +1⁠0 Macro Lens for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$19.95
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Macro⁠mate Mini Underwater Macro Lens for GoPro FL⁠IP Systems

$89.00
  

Topside Filters

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FLIP3.1 55mm Polarizer Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$19.95
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Backscatter FLIP3.1 55mm Graduated Neutral Density Filter for GoPro Hero4, Hero3+ & Hero3

$19.95
  



 
  




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