How to use GoPro Star Trail mode

The GoPro HERO11 is a super powerful timelapse camera with some great built-in features. In this article, I'm explaining how to use the Star Trail mode to capture star trails, planets, airplanes, and satellites.


GoPro Star Trail mode is an awesome new preset in the HERO11 which allows you to shoot some exciting things.

Star trail photography, an awesome technique combining long exposure photos to create these sorts of photos and videos has been around for a very long time.

Today I want to show you my preferred settings for how to shoot them on a GoPro, more specifically the HERO 11.

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Why I love it on a GoPro is because it’s just super simple to set and forget.

Watch the video or keep reading to find out how to use the GoPro Star Trail mode.

In a previous post, I talked about the best GoPro sunset timelapse settings.

How to use Star Trail mode on the GoPro HERO11

  • Power on your HERO11
  • Switch the shooting mode to Timelapse
  • Click the preset button and scroll to Star Trail mode, then apply the following settings
  • Mode: Star Trail
  • Resolution: 5.3k
  • Lens: Wide
  • Format: Video
  • Interval: 5 seconds
  • Shutter: Auto
  • Duration: No limit
  • Timer: 3 seconds
  • Scheduled: Maybe
  • Zoom: 1.0 x

GoPro Star Trail modes explained

The GoPro HERO11 Star Trail mode allows you to choose three different lengths of star trails.

The Short star trail mode creates a comet-like trail of planes, cars and other passing objects. The actual stars in the night sky won't have too long a trail as they move quite slowly. This length of trail looks great on faster moving objects.

The Long star trail mode creates a very long comet-like trail of fast-moving objects like airplanes, cars and satellites. I've added a GIF below showing the Long mode.

The Max star trail mode keeps the length of the star trails as long as possible. You won't get the comet-like effect at all, and it's the equivalent of an extremely long exposure photograph.

This GIF shows the HERO11 Long star trail mode.

And that's the GoPro Star Trail mode explained! Want to learn more?

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