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Jun 23, 2022
It’s time to take a break from late night binging and tune into Mother Nature. For the first time in 18 years, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be aligned from June 17 to June 27. Not only are the aligned, but they are visible with the naked eye—and, according to National Geographic the planets will shine bright enough to be visible even in light-polluted cities. There is really no excuse not to bust out your camera and dial in your night photography skills on GoPro.
The following are a few tips on how to use GoPro for night photography to help capture the planetary phenomenon.
Night Photo is best for capturing long exposures as a singular still photo.
Night Lapse Photo is best for capturing a series of long exposures, from which you can either pull a single still image or turn it into a dynamic video.
Two additional factors to note when using Night Lapse Photo are:
In general, we recommend choosing based on what your desired outcome is. If you’re looking for one stunning galaxy still photo, go with Night Photo. If you’re looking to capture traffic at night or create a start trail photo by stacking images in a post-production editing tool, choose GoPro Night Lapse Photo.
PRO TIP: Night Photo differs from regular Photo mode by allowing users to select a shutter length up to 30 seconds. This is the GoPro equivalent of setting up a long exposure shot. Whereas Photo mode is optimized for faster captures.
*Relying on Auto for Interval, Night Shutter and White Balance settings will help your content seamlessly adapt to changes in available light.
Night Shutter: Auto
White Balance: Native
Min ISO: 100
Max ISO: 100
Night Shutter: 30 sec
White Balance: Native
Min ISO: 800
Max ISO: 1600
PRO TIP: Night Shutter, a.k.a. shutter speed, controls how long your shutter stays open, impacting the amount of light the shutter captures. Choose a shorter shutter speed (2 sec to 10 sec) if there is more available light. Choose a longer shutter speed (30 sec) if there is less available light.
You can read more about the planetary alignment at National Geographic. And you can learn more about frames rates and GoPro night photography modes on HERO10 Black here.