How to: Capture the Aurora Borealis with a GoPro Hero 4

For those who are reading my blog on their desktop or laptop, the photo above got cropped so I placed the image again below so you could see it:

IMG_6417.JPGtaken using a GoPro Hero 4 (unedited)

Yup, it might be shocking for some but that photo was taken with only a GoPro.

If you google or do your own research on how to take photos of the Aurora Borealis, most sites would tell you that you need a SLR camera or a professional camera but if you are like me who doesn’t have both and you only have a GoPro, continue reading down below.

Before I start sharing my settings, please DO NOT FORGET to BRING A TRIPOD. I cannot stress how important this is as you MUST NOT move your camera/GoPro when you are about to take a photo (you will have a high shutter speed and you cannot move your camera/GoPro). Also, BRING EXTRA BATTERY. The cold weather will drain your battery quick so try to bring as plenty as you can.

I was able to get some bits and pieces on the internet about the specific settings that should be changed but unfortunately I wasn’t satisfied with the final photo thus I did some trial and errors on my own until I was able to get the perfect mix.

First of all go to PHOTO SETTINGS. Below you will see the following: Mode, shutter, Megapixels etc. and here is what I did for each label setting.

Mode: Night
Shutter: 30 Seconds
Megapixels: 12MP/Wide
Spot Meter: Off
Protune: On
White Balance: 4000K
Color: GoPro Color
ISO Minimum: 800
ISO Maximum: 800
Sharpness: High
EV Compensation: N/A

There you go! I hope my trial and error settings can help you take good photos when you chase the Aurora Borealis! ( blog about Chasing Aurora )
Show/share with me some of your photos if you also used a GoPro ♥

Here are more unedited photos that I was able to take using my GoPro:

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0896.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0898.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0897.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0899.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0900.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0901.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0902.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0903.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0904.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0905.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0906.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0907.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0909.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0910.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0911.

** I also did a quick time lapse of the Aurora Borealis! Check out the link below.
Aurora Borealis Time Lapse

💚, R


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