Photographing the Milky Way with a GoPro
The prime time to photograph the Milky Way in Iceland is unfortunately in the Summer when we have
24 hour daylight. However, as we have very little light pollution you can still get amazing photographs of the Milky Way in the Autumn and Winter. Here is our guide to Milky Way GoPro Photography.
Milky Way GoPro Photography in Iceland
PREPARING FOR THE SHOT
When you want to capture the Milky Way with a GoPro, darkness is key, as you don’t want to pick up artificial city light in your picture. So, first of all, you need to be somewhere with low light pollution. You don’t need to get far out of Reykjavik to find a good spot. We love going to lake Thingvellir just 45 min from Reykjavik centre. It is peaceful and has trees and mountains to frame your shot.
Secondly, you need a clear night sky. This is where Iceland can be tricky as we often have clouds, but the good news is that weather changes rapidly. So make sure to check the cloud forecast and weather at the national weather observation centre, where you can also check the Northern Lights forecast whilst you are at it:
MILKY WAY GOPRO CAMERA SETTINGS
The ISO settings will allow you to control how sensitive your camera is to light. Basically the lower the number the less sensitive to light your camera is.
The Exposure time will allow you to set how long your camera lets in light for, so for instance, photos of the stars and the Milky Way will need lots of light and normally require exposure times of around 30 seconds.
We usually use the following settings on our GoPro for photographing the Milky Way:
Set your GoPro to Night Photo
Exposure time: 30 seconds
ISO level: 800
White balance: Native
TIME LAPSE OF THE MILKY WAY WITH A GOPRO
Set your GoPro to Night Lapse Photo mode or if you are using Night Lapse Photo, set the interval to Auto.
Shutter Speed = 30s
White Balance = 4000K
Min and Max ISO = 800
Sharpness = Low
Color = Flat or GoPro Color
GETTING THE SHOT
As with all
To make the photo / Timelapse more interesting see if you can get some foreground objects into the picture as well, a few trees will do the trick.
Point the GoPro in the direction of the Milky Way, frame your shot as you wish, and press the shutter button.
EDITING YOUR GOPRO FOOTAGE
After importing your images to your computer you will want to play around with it for a while on an editing program. Try increasing the contrast and altering the saturation to bring out the colours of the Milky Way.
SEE YOU OUT THERE!
If you are not an experienced winter driver you can always contact us at Goecco. We can take you to areas in Iceland that are completely dark and allowing us to view and capture breathtaking views of the Milky Way and the Northern lights. Just send us a line
Here are some more tutorial videos on Milky Way GoPro Photography