Low light levels make night photography a challenging yet rewarding subject. The best results require specialized equipment, like SLR cameras, tripods, cable releases and flashguns. After sunset, the everyday world is magically transformed, and city buildings, fireworks, thunderstorms and the northern lights all become popular subjects.
But you may try many different ways to photograph the gorgeous night. Don’t be upset, below are some creative ideas courtesy from DigicamGuides. Stop hesitating, pick up your camera and freeze the beautiful night.
Find a moving source of light. Cars are good for this — as they move past the camera, their head and tail lights create streaks of light. This is fun if you can find a lot of moving cars all in the same spot.
You can also create artificial streaks of light by using your zoom lens with a slow shutter speed. Set the zoom to a wide angle view, depress the shutter and zoom to telephoto. Any light in the photo will streak toward the camera, which creates a sense of speed and motion.
Painting with Light
Add artificial light to your photograph. You can use flashlights and other light sources to create unique lighting on your primary subject or use colored lights to make things look interesting. You can either use the light source off-camera to illuminate the subject, or include the light source in the photo itself to create additional patterns, or even write your name in lights.