Benefits of Shooting RAW
When you turn RAW on in Protune, your GoPro will store two files—one JPEG format and one GPR format. GPR is GoPro’s General Purpose Raw Format. This file will contain more data in comparison with what the regular JPEG contains, and it’s the most ideal format when you plan to post-process your photos. Turning RAW on is ideal when shooting in Night Photo Mode, especially when you’re set to a high ISO and long shutter speed, because it helps to maintain details when reducing noise during post processing.
Long Exposure with Neutral Density Filters
Using a neutral density (ND) filter with Night Photo Mode can cut down the light by 2^n times; hence slowing down the shutter speed to capture more motion blurs. This technique will create smoothed-out, long exposures in scenes with flowing water or result in long light trails when shooting moving lights.
Pro Tip: When using an ND filter, shoot at with both min and max ISO set to 100 to create top-notch image quality. This causes your GoPro to use the slowest possible shutter speed and create some dreamy landscape scenes. It is, however, important to note that if your shutter is set to AUTO in Protune, ISO maxes out at 800 and the shutter speed will be limited to 10s. This almost always results in an underexposed shot. We recommend locking your ISO to avoid this.
The Top Reasons to Use Night Lapse Photo Mode:
The GoPro stores every individual photo shot during the timeframe, enabling more creative editing in post processing.
You can capture long exposures up to 10s when using AUTO Shutter set to ISO range of 100 to 800.
You can capture up to 30s when shooting Manual Shutter and ISO up to 1600.
Auto interval settings allow for smooth transitions of light in day-to-night time lapses, or vice versa.
The resulting set of photos provides the option to stack images in post to create like a meteor stack or the popular “star trail” still image (pictured below).
You can edit them as a seamless time-lapse video as well.
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