Generally speaking, after the sun goes down, most photographers pack up their gear and head inside. After all, the good light has passed and it’s time to relax after a long day. Admittedly, I’ve been guilty of doing this very thing on many occasions, as the lure of the comfortable couch or easy chair is quite enticing as the daylight fades away.
However, with the setting of the sun and the onset of night comes a great opportunity to try some different photographic techniques and to see and make images of our surroundings in a different ‘light’. These 11 tips, given in no particular order, will help you on your way to making some stunning night landscape images.
Tip #1: Get to know the landscape
Whether this is your first time at a particular shooting location, or if you have been there a hundred times before, it is a good idea to get the lay of the land before nightfall. This may mean showing up an hour or so prior to sunset to get familiar with the surroundings and to figure out the best place to set up for the shot. Getting to know the landscape will help to determine what you want to include (or not include) in the composition. So get out there early, even if it is a place you have been before. Another benefit to arriving early is that you will have time to set up the camera in the daylight instead of fumbling around in the dark and will also allow your eyes to slowly adjust to the changing lighting conditions. This will undoubtedly make for a much more enjoyable evening and night of shooting, as you will feel more confident and relaxed, enabling you to make some great images.