Night photography refers to the photos taken after the sunset and until dawn. While it is challenging to shoot night photography in low light, it can produce amazing and dramatic results. You can take night photos using artificial light in the scene, such as light bulbs and city lights, or you can use long exposure to enable your camera to expose as much light as possible to the camera sensor. To have a better understanding of camera exposure, you can check out this article about Understanding Camera Exposure.
You can increase camera exposure for night photography using different techniques, such as the following:
- Use a slow shutter speed that is lower than 1/50 to allow more light to get into your camera. For this option, you have to use a tripod to ensure a steady shot and avoid a blurry effect.
- Use a high ISO value to increase the sensitivity of your camera sensor and let your sensor expose more light.
- Using the flashlight can help you emphasize specific objects and build a dramatic contrast between light and shadows.
Night photography is experimental, because you need to check how the low light appears in the shot preview before getting the final shot. And you can always consider shooting with the Camera Raw technology to be able to modify the camera exposure later on your computer.
Below, you can enjoy 35 amazing examples of night photography by different photographers who use different light levels and techniques. You can also check out the Wonderful Light Painting Photography by Julien Breton who is using night scenes to build amazing light effects.
Romantic Oporto by Nuno Milheiro
Night life by Marcel Germain
Pavilion in red by Furry Scaly
Snake trail road by Claus W. Vogl
Opera House by night by Wilf2
Yokohama at Night III by Rubberman542
One Firework by 1Elevin1
The London Eye @ Xmas night by Mostaque
Night: Across the Yarra by Danielle Miner
Blue snake by Eric DOLL
Bridge by Goran Jovic
Blue mosque at night by Adam Franco
Torches of Faith by Ecreyes
Night Photography – Railway by Mara-mara
Nights in Hong Kong by Stuck in Customs
Madrid City Hall at night by J. A. Alcaide
Sliema at night by Bazylek100
Budapest by Night by The13thSin
Night Love by LindzKisses
City at Night by 32tsunami
Night Photography 2 by Mister Dedication
Karachi Night life by Stoneosama
City at night by Perforex
Goole at Night by DJKrueger
Disneyland Night Life by HiddenMask24
Brooklyn Bridge at Night by Andrew Mace
Tempe Town Lake just before dawn by Gbrummett
night waterfront cityscape 32 by 32tsunami
Night Photography in Naples Florida by Jimharmer
Tempe Town Lake just before sun rise by Gbrummett
At night by Aaaaaight
Trinity College – Night by Yassser84
Egitto by Laura Gio67
By night*, Paris by Zigar
Venice by Night by Marcus Kesler
For more information about night photography check Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark