Night photography can be very challenging but it can also be fun. You get the chance to produce some of the most dramatic images. The following are the examples of what you can do when the night falls.

Light reflections

Moving and uneven surface can turn spots of lights into nice stripes of lights. 

Night Reflections
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Light graffitti

Put your camera into long exposure mode and start scribing with a flashlight.

Light Painting Graffiti Signature
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Light painting

Similar to light graffiti but the camera captures not only the moving light source but also what it illuminates.

Red Bull
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Zoom effect

Turn the zoom ring on your lens with a relatively long exposure after you press the shutter release button. The exploding rays of lights from center of the frame is very interesting. Here is a guide on how to do the zoom effect.

Zoomblur
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Neon signs

The eye-catching neon signs are everywhere.

Loveless Cafe Neon Sign
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Sparkles

Interesting phenomena. Read about how the sparkles are created.

Where the streets have no name
Photo by: Smaku

Out of focus lights

Use manual focus mode and largest aperture of your lens, you can capture intriguing array of out of focus lights.

foco
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Traffic in the street

In a city that never sleeps, the night is as vibrant as the day in the street.

somthing change...but something not..
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Long exposure traffic trails

Classic technique for night photography. The lights on the cars decorate the roads and leave those lovely threads. 

Bright Atlanta
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Moon

The largest object in the night sky. Read our moon shooting and exposure tips.

Reach
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Stars

The stars do move, but slowly. Fully charge the battery. You need a really long exposure.

Jalama star trails
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Fireworks

Perhaps the most dramatic you can see in the night. 

Fireworks NYE2005
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Motion blur

Spinning carousel, walking people, or moving traffic. Capture the motion in the blurs.

Carosel Spins
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Sea

Long exposure turns the restless sea into a dreamy world.

Spirits in the night
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Action

Dramatic action needs dramatic lights. In the night, you can have both.

Superman
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Smoke

Full of mind twisting details. Some people love these smokes. Here is a tip on how to shoot smokes.

Incense smoke against a black sky
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Moody street scene

Sometimes lonely is lovely, like this deserted street.

Street #1
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