60 Beautiful Examples Of Night Photography

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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.

We present 60 amazing examples of night photography, photos, created by some hard-working and dedicated photographers. Take a look at their websites and portfolios, and you’ll find some links to how-to articles about night photography at the bottom of the post.

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Beautiful Night Photo

Jose Maria Cuellar

Beautiful Night Photo

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Beautiful Night Photo

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Beautiful Night Photo

Loveless Ramblings and Other Cynical Musings

Beautiful Night Photo

Rob

Beautiful Night Photo

Bastian Groove

Beautiful Night Photo

h o t t

Beautiful Night Photo

Alcove

Beautiful Night Photo

Janek Skarzynski

Beautiful Night Photo

Bob Long Jr

Beautiful Night Photo

Victor Shilo

Beautiful Night Photo

Kirk Marshall

Beautiful Night Photo

Kirk Marshall

Beautiful Night Photo

Jim Downie

Beautiful Night Photo

Jim Downie

Beautiful Night Photo

Alice Day

Beautiful Night Photo

John Mueller

Beautiful Night Photo

Bob Long Jr

Beautiful Night Photo

Nada Stankova

Beautiful Night Photo

Daniel Cheong

Beautiful Night Photo

Earth at Night

Beautiful Night Photo

Landscapes

Landscape photographers love the magical light of sunset and twilight. With long shutter speeds and a steady tripod it’s even possible to photograph the landscape lit by nothing but moonlight.

Toby Keller

Beautiful Night Photo

Oliver Wu

Beautiful Night Photo

Terri Beitzel

Beautiful Night Photo

_oriana.italy_

Beautiful Night Photo

Gerrit Wenz

Beautiful Night Photo

M’s vision

Beautiful Night Photo

Kevin McNeal

Beautiful Night Photo

Kevin McNeal

Beautiful Night Photo

Mac_Raw

Beautiful Night Photo

Kevin McNeal

Beautiful Night Photo

Adam Blenford

Beautiful Night Photo

Brian Auer

Beautiful Night Photo

Wes Thomas

Beautiful Night Photo

John Mueller

Beautiful Night Photo

Daniel Cheong

Beautiful Night Photo

Toby Keller

Beautiful Night Photo

Toby Keller

Beautiful Night Photo

Bob West

Beautiful Night Photo

Bob West

Beautiful Night Photo

Northern Lights

The northern lights are a popular subject for photographers living in the extreme north of Canada, Alaska and Europe.

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo

Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo

Max Waugh

Beautiful Night Photo

Max Waugh

Beautiful Night Photo

Storms

Dramatic thunderstorms are captured using slow shutter speeds.

Nigel Midwinter

Beautiful Night Photo

Jose Maria Cuellar

Beautiful Night Photo

Geoff Coleman

Beautiful Night Photo

Geoff Coleman

Beautiful Night Photo

Christophe Paquignon

Beautiful Night Photo

Heavenly Bodies

It’s even possible to photograph the stars and the moon with the right equipment.

Matthías Ásgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo

Geoff Coleman

Beautiful Night Photo

Neil Creek

Beautiful Night Photo

Fireworks

Another popular subject for night photographers.

Matthías Ásgeirsson

Beautiful Night Photo

Kirk Marshall

Beautiful Night Photo

Troy Paiva

Troy Paiva specializes in night photography and light-painting techniques. He explores America’s abandoned urban landscapes in his latest book “Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration.”

Troy Paiva

Beautiful Night Photo

Troy Paiva

Beautiful Night Photo

Anthony James

Anthony James has a passion for night photography. Over the years, he has amassed a unique collection of photographic images covering a variety of subjects from different parts of Asia, Europe and Australia.

“For me the joy of photography comes from the ability to capture and record a unique slice of space and time that may otherwise be lost forever. A moment perhaps only witnessed by an individual yet shared with the rest of us, albeit imbued with a unique perspective – a window on our world that may remain forever etched into our consciousness.”

Anthony James

Beautiful Night Photo

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Beautiful Night Photo

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Beautiful Night Photo

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Beautiful Night Photo

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    I love the “car”-picture! Nice collection!

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    Hot collection! I love most of this pics!

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    Amazing!
    I live outside of Toronto, Canada, and I remember last year I went out and could see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and I was amazed and had NO photography equipment at all; not even a camera phone! bah!

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    Beautiful pictures. I’ve yet to master night shots.

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    You missed one! check it out here. The ones mentioned are also really good.

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    The first one is absolutely beautiful.

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    Very cool. Storms are beautiful, as are the night pics.

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    My favorite is Rambling Love, but they all are amazing!

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    ESPECTACULAR!!

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    These remind me of a friend of mine’s work. He’s from South Africa and takes all sorts of rad night photography – Ross Hiller Night Photography

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    Thank you for posting these stunning photos. :)

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    amazing shots!!!!!! thanks!!
    glad to see some taken in Hong Kong! my home city <3
    thanks again!

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    Love all the photos. Great work!

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    egh… no insult, just keepin it real. I’m not to impressed by all the copied photography lists that appear as syndicated content everywhere.

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    @mikemike

    egh… no insult, but that’s only you

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    Absolutely fantastic collection!

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    I wonder…..
    no words

    Thanks for this spectacular collection,

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    love the collection

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    Thanks for all nice graphics.It was cool and nice collection.

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    dev(Www.iHaCK.ASIA)

    November 9, 2008 9:57 pm

    Really beautiful especially the earh at night

    http://Www.iHaCK.ASIA

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    Great pics until you click on them and they take you to flickr. Nothing more iritating than having to click on it again to get a larger view. Couldn’t you have hosted these on your own server or direct link to the larger version on flickr?

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    good pics

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    @Bobby:
    The Flickr license requires one to point directly (and only) to the Flickr photo page when hot-linking for compilations such as this.

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    beautiful!

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    nice collection, I suggest you take a look at the Landscape and Northern lights pictures of Romko, a guy from Alaska:
    http://romko-kr.livejournal.com/

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    Nice collection. Love the ALTA VISTA.

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    Klaas van Wachteren

    November 9, 2008 11:42 pm

    Very collection. There are some talents out there.
    Good start into the new week.

    Stay tuned . . .

    http://www.vinergy.org

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    Great collection of beautiful photographs!

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    that’s good!

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    great collections..beautiful images…

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    very very well!

    i love smashing

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    I love the Alcove picture, but I doubt that it is a night picture, if you look at the sky you can see that it’s the sun en the sky is blue.
    I love the way that person processed it!

    great collection!

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    Absolutely sensational, really beautiful work

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    Nice!! Really inspiring.

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    awesome

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    Absolutely fantastic

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    Reminds me how an incredible place the world can be

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    The ilumination of the eiffel tower at night is copyrighted, so you should be careful with those pics:

    As you can read in http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/teiffel/uk/pratique/faq/index.html, “There are no restrictions on publishing a picture of the Tower by day. Photos taken at night when the lights are aglow are subjected to copyright laws, and fees for the right to publish must be paid to the SETE”

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    Dear Smashing
    Pls take another look at the pictures you present. A quite lot were not shot at night and a very few are not photography at all but artwork. Some of the “setting a night scene from a bright daylight picture photos” are not done very well. Look at the shadows.
    In Janek’s night photo only f/32 keeps us from beeing suntanned :)

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    Unfortunately I have to echo what Rune had posted above me, some of these were not shot at night at all. Some of the photos are just terribly done technically – blurry, grainy and there’s no clear purposeful intent. There are many night photographers that are much better at their craft, perhaps you should have looked just a little bit harder.

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    Love the Alcove photo. Great composition and color.

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    Simply awesome fotographs!!!

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    This kid has some great night photos.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/govus/

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    Always amazed by your collections!

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    i would really like to add the photography of Will Govus
    his night photos are amazing

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/govus/sets/72157603796756248/

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    Does anyone know who is credited for the “Alcove” photo? I looked at some of his/her other work, and it is amazing. I want some prints!

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    oh really beautiful night photos

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    Very god artist

    Felicidades

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  54. 54

    Very nice work, but as a whole it tends to look like an exercise in cranking the saturation up to 11.

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    Pretty neat!
    I agree to Stijn though…
    the Alcove picture is not a night shot!

    edit: I did have a look at Alcove’s photos… most of them are clearly PS edited. The photo in this collection also looked way to good… though i don’t mind a slight work over, i reckon his shots show he’s good at PS rather than at photography!

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  56. 56

    the alcove picture is not night photography, it’s not supposed to be included since the post is about night photography although it’s nice. Great post anyway, some of the photos are really stunning and inspiring.

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    Aren’t they highly photoshop’ed?

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    that was my question too, can´t believe this all was done without using photoshop…
    i mean some pictures made me speachless and would see hanging on my wall. really inspiring post sm, thanks alot

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    Thanks Andrew and Smashing Editorial Team. I am really honored to see my photo (Niagara Falls at Night) being featured here (twice). Cheers!!!

    See more of my photos here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/olvwu/

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    Very nice Pictures, I love them but I have to say they are so…. unreal. I see a lot of PS

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    Thank you a lot !!

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    5/10 SM

    Some very nice pics in here. But also some VERY photoshop heavy pics, and also a lot of the pics have a very amateur quality to them imho. The ones that did stand out to me are very beautiful.

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    BeantownDesign.com

    November 11, 2008 5:11 pm

    WoW! So many new desktop pics!

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    Jumping Dog Design

    November 11, 2008 9:36 pm

    Lovely, thanks for the photos.

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    Great photography. Good work keep it up

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    hdr is lame, those images all look shopped, unoriginal, and over-saturated, unrealistic.

    get a film camera, learn how to use it. put down the computer, nerds.

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    are you kidding me?

    November 12, 2008 8:23 pm

    These images are *horrible* examples of night photography. I agree with the person above, hdr is terrible. Anyone can take a fantasy picture with an expensive digital and some hdr software. Composition, style, and content are lacking in almost every one of these images.

    Even Stieglitz would have hated this crap.

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    Some of these are good. A lot of them are pretty boring. Stick to design articles, Smashing.

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    Troy Paiva is the Best! thanx for sharing! Beautiful images!

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    Wow! Its Amazing!!!
    See this site http://www.busimonster.com

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    nice nice…. i like them

    please check mine night shots :

    http://stefan.istan.com.pl/2008/11/night-photography.html

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    some really nice examples of nightography displayed here – bob west, troy and toby are some of my definite faves. a few others were certainly missed however:

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    chris drost aka n+s (Canada)

    nightography set
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    Victor VonSalza (USA)
    a crazy well produced shot
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    Andreas Reinhold (germany)
    longexposures and nightography
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    Mohummad Omar Masood

    November 19, 2008 7:22 am

    outstanding prortionate compositions great enthusiastic approaches towards cliking subject s wel done

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    my nightphotography inspiration for today. stunning work. keep it up.
    cheers peter

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    I dig the Aurora Borealis photos.

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    tung qa po ban si je aje mir

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    TODAS LAS IMAGENS ESTAN CHIDAS

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    I hope these are to your liking as well:

    Link [gallery.me.com]

    Click any thumbnail to see slideshow.

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    gile bener………………….!!

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    ~uapik tenan…

    i love most of those pics…
    keep it up..

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    all theses pictures are great. i like the fireworks alot.

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    Check out this book by Jill Waterman Night & Low Light Photography Book

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    Beautiful pictures, thanks.
    Now I just want to try a few tonight, we have a full moon in California…

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    night photography

    July 15, 2009 3:06 am

    oh my god,mind blowing pictures!!!amazing lens and camera!! love all of them….great job!

    digitalpicturezone

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    Amazing! Love the pictures.

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    Very cool collection. Its hard to find good photography for something specific on the web. I’m looking for a good photograph of a store or restaurant at night and found this.

    Ben Peck | Utah Freelance Designer

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    An open invitation for anyone interested in night photography to visit my site:

    http://www.nightfolio.co.uk

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    Woooooooooww.. Xcellent :)

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    Luis Paula "Brasil"

    April 30, 2010 5:20 am

    Fantastic 5*

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    Magnífica selección de imagenes de grandes fotográfos. A algunos tengo la suerte de conocerlos.

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    i want to be a good photographer.. :(

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    i want to be a good photographer.. :(

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    There are several decent pictures but the mediocre ones bring the good ones down — the end result, this series fails as a whole.

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    Hi, My name is Bruce Mineo. I found these beautiful pictures on your site and would like to inquire about a few of them. I like to sing and you tube is where I would like to show them as I sing ,Stand By Me. Its a clean, wholesome song, if you havent heard it.Im not connected to any company or recieving any money for this. I just love to sing and the song and those photos would go beautifully together.I would be happy to write each photographers name along with the pictures. Please write back with info for me. Respectfully, Bruce Mineo

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    Hey dudes i was wanna say i am really feelling these photos, i mean seriously the colours and vibes. speak to me man. This shiz is inspiring!! -_-

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    You should never post photos without credit, regardless of how good they are. And in case you were wondering, weheartit does not count for credit.

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    these photos are amzing, although i belive my photography is much better then all of these posers. good effort though hahahahahahaha im the best

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    it’s excellent to see these photographs.

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    Hi, so happens I was sittin here thinking of going out with my camera after dark, but am not experienced at it, so I googled “night photography”, and found these photos. what beautiful and inspiring shots. We’ll see what I come up with here in my little midwestern suburb, with my little D50 slr. Thanks!

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