First press the Mode/Power button until Photo or Multi-Shot is selected.
Press the Settings/Tag button.
Press the Shutter button to change the Mode to Night (Single will be the default selection).
Press the Mode/Power button to highlight Shutter Speed.
Press the Shutter button to select the desired shutter speed (the default will be Auto).
You can use this chart to decide what shutter speed is best for you:
2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec
Dawn, dusk, twilight, traffic at night, Ferris wheel, fireworks, light painting (instances in which there is a relatively bright source of light, somewhere in the frame)
Night sky with a distant/minimal light source (e.g., the moon, some light pollution)
Night stars, Milky Way (complete darkness)
Sunrise, sunset, dawn, dusk, twilight (the camera will automatically adjust the shutter speed between the fastest possible; 1/4096th of a second, up to 2 seconds)
HERO6 Black / HERO5 Black: In Night Lapse mode, if you want to adjust the interval at which the camera initiates photo capture during the Night Lapse sequence, follow these steps:
First press the Mode/Power button until the Time Lapse is selected.
Tap the Time Lapse icon along the lower left corner on the back LCD screen.
Tap the Night Lapse photo mode.
A Interval option (INTR) is now available along the bottom center of the LCD screen. Tap on the Interval option.
Swipe left or right or tap the desired Interval setting.
HERO5 Session: In Night Lapse mode, if you want to adjust the interval at which the camera initiates photo capture during the Night Lapse sequence, follow these steps:
To enable Night Lapse Photo mode, select the Menu button until Camera Settings is selected.
Press the Shutter button to highlight the Video icon,then press the shutter again until a Time Lapse icon appears.
Press the Menu button again to highlight the word TL-PH.
Then press the Shutter button to change the mode to TL-NT.
Press the Menu button again to highlight the word CONT, then press the Shutter button to choose the desired Interval (the default will be Continuous).
HERO4: In Night Lapse mode, if you want to adjust the interval at which the camera initiates photo capture during the Night Lapse sequence, follow these steps (ref. p. 46 of the HERO4 Black User Manual):
First press the Mode/Power button until Multi-Shot is selected.
Press the Settings/Tag button.
Press the Shutter button to change the Mode to Night Lapse (Burst will be the default selection).
Press the Mode/Power button to highlight Interval.
Press the Shutter button to select the desired Interval (the default will be Continuous).
Note: An interval setting of “Continuous” results in the camera immediately capturing another image after the unit takes the previous photo—the interval will be equal to the selected shutter speed.
Night Photo/Night Lapse Tips
A stable camera is absolutely necessary for crisp images and Night Lapse sequences. The extended exposure/shutter speeds in both Night modes, allow the camera to capture the minimal light available in the scene. Please be aware that this also means that any movement, of the camera or within the scene, will be much more prevalent in a night photo than when using the standard Photo and Time Lapse modes.
Use the newly available Protune for photo features to fine-tune your Night Photos and Night Lapse images. Protune allows you to alter the White Balance, Color Profile, ISO Limit, Sharpness and Exposure Compensation. An in-depth look at Protune settings can be found, here.
Just as with standard time lapse sequences, Night Lapse involves taking photos over an extended period of time. If the situation allows, take a couple of test photos with the camera in position. You can then review the samples using an LCD Touch BacPac, the Capture App or the HERO4 Silver’s built-in touch display. This method provides an opportunity to make any necessary alterations to the settings, prior to capturing a lengthy Night Lapse sequence.
Use our free editing suite; GoPro Studio to compile the sequence, alter the speed of playback, and apply features like color correction and panning.
Note: All images were taken with a HERO4 Silver mounted to the 3-Way's tripod, and controlled using the Capture App to keep the camera stable.
Shutter Amount of time the image sensor is capturing light.
Zoomed in ≈12x | High; more defined transition between pixels (e.g., grass and branches).
Exposure Value Compensation (EV) Used for fine-tuning exposure levels.
Shutter: Auto | WB: 3000K | Color: GoPro | ISO: 800 | Sharpness: High | EV: - 2
Shutter: Auto | WB: 3000K | Color: GoPro | ISO: 800 | Sharpness: High | EV: + 2
A very dark scene, further darkened by reducing the exposure compensation.
Note the more prevalent glow of the city lights.
To learn more about the specific Night Photo & Night Lapse modes, feel free to visit Abe Kislevitz’s blog. Abe is one of GoPro's Senior Production Artists and provides great, in-depth information regarding some of the cameras’ more intricate modes.