For the last few days I’ve been in Kiruna in Northern Sweden, doing all sorts of fun stuff like dog sledding, snow mobiling, visiting the ice hotel and generally hanging out at the camp site in the sauna. This is fun and all, but the main reason people come out here is to see the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis).
I recently bought a GoPro Hero 4 and was hoping it would be able to film the Northern Lights and it turns out it can 😀
I’m a total amateur when it comes to photography or filming things and I found it super difficult to find any useful information on the web on how to film the Northern Lights using a GoPro, particularly the latest model. So after a lot of digging and some experimentation, I was able to get it to work. Here was the results:
Seeing as I found it super difficult to find the optimal settings, I’ll share it with you in hope this gets indexed by Google and its much easier for others to find / use. So here we go:
Mode: Night Lapse
- Shutter = 30 sec
- Interval = Continuous
- MP = 12MP Wide
- Spot Meter = OFF
- Protune = ON
- White Balance = 3000K
- ISO Limit = 800
- Sharpness = High
Unless you have it plugged into a power source, I recommend turning off wifi and strongly recommend turning off the display at the back. (Settings –> Touch Display –> Power = OFF)
Try to position your GoPro Hero 4 away from light and pointing at the sky. You’ll need at least a couple of hours of footage to create something worthy, so make sure you’re prepared to have your camera sitting out there for some time and of course the battery fully charged.
Good luck and if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.