This sounds silly, but read the directions, and read them more than once. Also become familiar with the color/light filters, which ones to use at what depths and where. Ask your local dive shop if any of them use the GoPro because I got a lot of useful tips from the guys there. When you go on dives, check with other divers. Find what you are most comfortable with. I did not like the long stick thing. I ended up mounting mine on a tray with a light. Try different things until you find what you like and also search on You Tube.