Night shots are a great way to show off the beauty of your surroundings while it’s dark. With the GoPro Night Lapse, you can capture the way the world changes during the hours of darkness. It’s an excellent tool for showing off your favorite city, and capturing how beautiful it looks at night.

However, before you go out there to capture night lapse shots with your GoPro camera, there are a few things you should know. In this article, you’ll get to know about some useful tips to create epic night lapses.

Night Lapse

What is GoPro Night Lapse?


As the name suggests, the GoPro Night Lapse refers to time lapse videos captured in dark and low light conditions. When the GoPro night-lapse mode is on, the camera allows for longer exposure time to capture clearer night time shots when there isn’t much available light around you. To achieve this, it automatically adjusts the shutter speed to let more light in and picks the interval that will give you the best results.

Depending on how lit your surroundings are at any given moment, users can also manually choose different shutter speeds. Lower lighting usually needs higher exposures so that more detail is captured from the darkness. Brighter areas like city skylines under streetlights would require less intense photos since they’re already illuminated by artificial sources such as lamps and windows. But, in case you aren’t sure, you can set the shutter speed to ‘Auto’ and let your GoPro decide.

Please note that GoPro Night Lapse shots are strictly for those occasions when your camera is stationary and held by a mount or a tripod.

GoPro Night Lapse Photo

Just like time lapse photos, you can also capture Night Lapse photos with GoPro. The photo format takes a continuous series of photos at set intervals during your night shoot. You can then look through all of your photos and find the best shots later.

To use this mode, all you need to do is – go to Formato in settings and choose Foto to capture a series of photos at set intervals, out of which you can select the best ones later on.

Settings: How to Setup GoPro Night Lapse?


Here’s how you can setup GoPro Night Lapse:

– To enable Night Lapse on the Hero 9 Black / Hero 8 Black,

  1. Swipe left until you reach Time Lapse mode.
  2. Tap the current Time Lapse mode setting, then scroll down to Night Lapse.
  3. Tap the pencil icon to adjust your Night Lapse settings.

– To enable Night Lapse on other GoPro cameras,

  1. Select the Mode/Power button until Multi-Shot is selected.
  2. Press the Settings/Tab button and change the Mode setting to Night Lapse.

GoPro Night Lapse Settings

After setting up the Night Lapse mode, it’s recommended that you choose the best settings for you to shoot. Here are those settings that you need to look at:

  • The camera’s Shutter speed.
  • Night Lapse photo interval.

– How to Adjust the Shutter Speed on Your GoPro

Hero 9 Black / Hero 8 Black:

  1. Once in Night Lapse mode, press and hold the icon in the bottom middle of your camera screen, OR tap this icon and then tap the pencil icon next to Night Lapse
  2. Tap Shutter
  3. Use the sliding scale on the right side of the screen to choose your desired Shutter speed

Hero 7 Black:

  1. On the camera touchscreen swipe left for Photo or right for Time Lapse, depending if you want Night Photo or Night Lapse Photo.
  2. Tap the camera icon on the bottom left and select either Night Photo or Night Lapse Photo option
  3. Tap the settings option in the bottom-middle of the touch screen.
  4. Select the Shutter option and choose your desired speed.

Hero 6 Black / Hero 5 Black:

  1. First press the Mode/Power button until Photo or Multi-Shot is selected.
  2. Tap the Photo icon along the lower left corner on the back LCD screen.
  3. Tap the Night photo mode.
  4. A Shutter option is now available along the bottom center of the LCD screen. Tap on the Shutter option.
  5. Swipe left or right or tap the desired shutter speed (the default will be Auto).

– How to Adjust the Night Lapse Interval on Your GoPro

Hero 9 Black / Hero 8 Black:

  1. Once in Night Lapse mode, press and hold the icon in the bottom middle of your camera screen, OR tap this icon and then tap the pencil icon next to Night Lapse
  2. Tap Interval
  3. Use the sliding scale on the right side of the screen to choose your desired photo Interval

Hero 7 Black:

  1. Swipe right on the camera touch screen until the Time Lapse is selected.
  2. Tap the Time Lapse icon along the lower left corner on the back LCD screen.
  3. Tap the Night Lapse photo mode.
  4. Tap the setting option in the bottom-middle of the screen.
  5. Tap Interval and select your desired option.

Hero 6 Black / Hero 5 Black:

  1. First press the Mode/Power button until the Time Lapse is selected.
  2. Tap the Time Lapse icon along the lower left corner on the back LCD screen.
  3. Tap the Night Lapse photo mode.
  4. An Interval option (INTR) is now available along the bottom center of the LCD screen. Tap on the Interval option.
  5. Swipe left or right or tap the desired Interval setting.

7 Tips for Epic GoPro Night Lapses


Qui ci sono seven useful tips to capture some amazing night lapse shots:

Tip #1. Keep your Camera Stable (Use Mounts)

A stable camera is absolutely necessary for quality Night Lapse footage. The extended exposure/shutter speed in Night Lapse allows the GoPro to capture even the minimal light available in the scene. However, this also means that if there’s any movement, of the camera or within the scene, it will be much more prevalent in the night lapse mode.

Therefore, using Mounting Accessories like the 3-Way’s built-in tripod, or other Tripod Mounts would help ensure that your camera remains in position.

Tip #2. Use Protune

Use Protune for photo features to fine-tune your Night Lapse sequences. Protune allows you to alter the White Balance, Color Profile, ISO Limit, Sharpness and Exposure Compensation.

Tip #3. Use a Light Source

Night lapses without any light sources will hardly show anything. Therefore, if there’s no light source in the scene you’re recording, you can use either an external or built-in LED on your camera as a light source.

Tip #4. Choose the Right Shutter Speed

To get great shots during night time, choosing the right shutter speed is extremely important so that you are able to get the appropriate light into the lens for best results.

For example, for dawn, dusk, twilight, or traffic scenes at night, you need a shutter speed of 2-10 seconds. However, for night sky with a distant/minimal light source like the moon or stars, the shutter speed of 20-30 seconds is optimal. And in case you feel that the level and intensity of light will change while shooting the night lapse, it’s best to set the shutter speed to Auto to let the camera adjust the shutter speed automatically.

Tip #5. Choose the Right Shooting Interval

For every second that you want in the final video, set up approximately 5 seconds worth of shooting intervals. For example, if you want 20 seconds per frame, set up 100 shots). This is called “shooting at double speed.”

Tip #6. Take Test Photos Before Shooting

Just like standard time lapse sequences, Night Lapse involves taking photos over an extended period of time. If the situation permits, you should take a couple of test photos with the camera in position before shooting. This will allow you to make any necessary alterations to the settings, prior to capturing a long Night Lapse sequence.

Tip #7. Use Video Editing Software for Post Production

You can use a good video editing software like GoPro’s own GoPro Studio to achieve great results during post production. It will help you compile the sequence, alter the speed of playback, and apply features like color correction and panning.

Concluding Remarks…


Use these settings, tips and tricks to capture some amazing night lapses. But, please make sure that your GoPro has enough battery available or that you have spare batteries to shoot lengthy night lapse sequences. You can also consider connecting your GoPro to a power source. After all, you don’t want to interrupt the shoot by running out of juice in the middle!

 

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