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How to Use Night Photo & Night Lapse
What are you trying to do?
To effectively use Night Photo or Night Lapse.






Where does it apply?
  • HERO4 cameras
How to do it
Here's a quick video that introduces these features:


You may find this camera icon key useful throughout this article:

First, determine which mode you want to use.

Night Photo
Captures a photo in low light environments, such as capturing the night sky.
To enable Night Photo, select the Mode/Power button until Photo is selected. Press the Settings/Tab button and change the Mode setting to Night.

Night Lapse
Captures a series of photos at specific intervals and exposure times. Use Night Lapse in low light environments, such as when capturing the night sky over a period of time.
To enable Night Lapse, select the Mode/Power button until Multi-Shot is selected. Press the Settings/Tab button and change the Mode setting to Night Lapse.







Once you have the mode set up, it's time to choose the best settings. Settings for Night Photo & Night Lapse are nearly the same as the Standard Photo or Time Lapse with a couple of exceptions:
  • Both Night Photo & Night Lapse allow you to control the camera's Shutter speed.
  • The Interval for Night Lapse ranges from 4 seconds to 60 minutes. Standard Time Lapse intervals range from 0.5 seconds to 60 seconds.
If you want to adjust the shutter speed, follow these steps (ref. p. 37 of the HERO4 Black User Manual):
  1. First press the Mode/Power button until Photo or Multi-Shot is selected.
  2. Press the Settings/Tag button.
  3. Press the Shutter button to change the Mode to Night (Single will be the default selection).
  4. Press the Mode/Power button to highlight Shutter Speed.
  5. 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:
Settings Examples

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)

20 Sec Night sky with a distant/minimal light source (e.g., the moon, some light pollution)

30 Sec Night stars, Milky Way (complete darkness)

Auto 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)






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):
  1. First press the Mode/Power button until Multi-Shot is selected.
  2. Press the Settings/Tag button.
  3. Press the Shutter button to change the Mode to Night Lapse (Burst will be the default selection).
  4. Press the Mode/Power button to highlight Interval.
  5. 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.
  • Using Mounting Accessories like the 3-Way’s built-in tripod, Tripod Mounts, an Adhesive Mount (applied to a stable location), and/or using The Tool to tighten the Thumbscrew will ensure that the camera remains in position.
  • 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 GoPro 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.
Image Comparison
Note: All images were taken with a HERO4 Silver mounted to the 3-Way's tripod, and controlled using the GoPro App to keep the camera stable.
Pics 1 & 2
Shutter Amount of time the image sensor is capturing light.
Shutter: 10 sec | WB: 5500K | Color: GoPro | ISO: 800 | Sharpness: High | EV: 0

Shutter: 30 sec | WB: 5500K | Color: GoPro | ISO: 800 | Sharpness: High | EV: 0

10 sec | Minimal exposure in the dark foreground; offers more detail in the city lights.30 sec | Illuminates the foreground; loss of detail near light source due to over-exposure.

Pics 3&4
White Balance (WB) Adjusting the overall color tone (warmth of the lighting).

Shutter: 10 sec | WB: 3000K | Color: GoPro | ISO: 800 | Sharpness: High | EV: 0

Shutter: 10 sec | WB: 6500K | Color: GoPro | ISO: 800 | Sharpness: High | EV: 0

A 10 second shutter with a 3000K White Balance setting, giving a cool, blue tone.Note the much warmer hue emitted by the available light.

Pics 5&6
Color Allows you to adjust the color profile.

Shutter: 10 sec | WB: 3000K | Color: Flat | ISO: 800 | Sharpness: High | EV: 0

Shutter: 10 sec | WB: 3000K | Color: GoPro | ISO: 800 | Sharpness: High | EV: 0

Flat captures more details in shadows & highlights, especially in low-light scenes.GoPro Color enhances contrast and saturation.

Pics 7&8
ISO Limit (Gain) Adjusts the camera’s sensitivity in low-light environments, and creates a balance between brightness and resulting image noise.

Shutter: 10 sec | WB: 3000K | Color: GoPro | ISO: 400 | Sharpness: High | EV: 0

Shutter: 10 sec | WB: 3000K | Color: GoPro | ISO: 800 | Sharpness: High | EV: 0

A lower ISO will result in darker footage, but will deliver reduced noise/grain.A higher ISO will result in brighter footage, but you may encounter more noise/grain.

Pics 9&10
Sharpness Alters the acutance (the severity of transitions and boarders) in the image.

Shutter: 10 sec | WB: 3000K | Color: GoPro | ISO: 800 | Sharpness: Low | EV: 0

Shutter: 10 sec | WB: 3000K | Color: GoPro | ISO: 800 | Sharpness: High | EV: 0

Zoomed in ≈12x | Low; softer boarders.Zoomed in ≈12x | High; more defined transition between pixels (e.g., grass and branches).

Pics 11&12
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.






Additional Resources
  • 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.

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